February 18, 2019

2019 is the Year of Energy Codes

Building codes are the nerdy superheroes that will help us stop the worst impacts of climate change. Local and state governments across the U.S. are beginning to recognize that every new building will use energy for decades and must be as efficient as possible.

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September 24, 2018

How to Save Money Building Affordable Zero Net Carbon Apartments

Giv Group just finished a zero energy affordable housing apartment project in Salt Lake City that cost less than a comparable building built to conventional energy standards. Now, they want to share what they learned so others can duplicate their accomplishment.

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July 19, 2018

Preparing Building Professionals for the Coming Zero Energy Boom

Everyone in the construction industry is faced with a rapidly changing business environment as the market moves to zero energy buildings. Local organizations can smooth the transition with high-quality training that is accredited and affordable. Learn how one California initiative did just that.

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July 12, 2018

HVAC Design Strategies for High-Performance Homes

One payoff of a super insulated building envelope is a smaller heating and cooling system. Achieving the payoff requires HVAC contractors to plan and implement the project a bit differently than a typical one.

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May 14, 2018

ZERO Code: The Future Has Arrived

The time is now for zero energy commercial buildings. To that end, Architecture 2030 has developed a new international building code for commercial buildings allows jurisdictions in North America and beyond to establish zero energy as the new standard.

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March 20, 2018

Mandalay Homes Offers Grid-optimized Zero Energy Homes

Some production builders around the U.S. are beginning to shift their businesses to high-performance and zero energy homes. Mandalay Homes is leap-frogging their competition by including on-site storage batteries. This added feature improves each customer’s bottom-line and offers the potential for supporting the larger electrical utility grid with clean, cheap power.

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January 5, 2018

Six Steps to Success with Heat Recovery Ventilation

One of the most visible, and perhaps even iconic, features of a super energy-efficient home is the heat recovery ventilator (HRV). These devices remove stale air from the home and replace it with pre-heated fresh air from outside. The result is better indoor air quality and lower energy use than in standard homes. The HRV […]

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December 29, 2017

States Take the Lead in Climate Action

State governments are stepping into the policy void created by the U.S. government’s denial of science and reversal of environmental rules. The latest move comes from the State of Oregon with a sweeping new initiative to promote clean energy for buildings and vehicles.

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September 27, 2017

From Disaster to Opportunity: Rebuild for the 21st Century

Natural disasters like the recent hurricanes of 2017 challenge us all. While natural disasters are intrinsically bad, they do present an opportunity to upgrade homes and buildings to a higher standard of performance – one that benefits the occupants, the community, and the planet as whole.

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September 23, 2017

National Association of Realtors Sustainability Survey Reveals Opportunities and Challenges

Consumers want complete information to make informed choices. A survey of real estate professionals from around the U.S. identifies key information that could help boost sales of zero energy homes.

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August 24, 2017

Community Solar Brings Shaded Rooftops Into the Sun

If your home or housing situation isn’t right for rooftop solar panels, don’t give up. By joining other solar enthusiasts, you can receive the benefits of solar energy no matter how shaded your home is.

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August 24, 2017

How to Scale Home Energy Financing Products

Saving energy saves money, but sometimes financing can be challenging. This report from Rocky Mountain Institute identifies the main barriers for lending options on energy efficiency and how to overcome them.

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