Green Hammer: A Zero Energy Building Pioneer

…permit (very seldom are permit costs based on sf), 1 water main, 1 power main, 1 driveway, etc., but the large home can spread those costs out across more sf…

Protect Homebuyers, Reward Efficiency

…they would spend each month. Equally important, once armed with the energy rating, purchasers have the option of exercising their buying power to make energy improvements through a long-term, low-interest…

Three Ways Energy Ratings Support Efficiency

…the buyer’s mortgage. Long-term financing means more buying power. The additional monthly loan payment can be lower than the monthly energy savings created by the improvements. The total monthly cost…

Zero Energy Home Sales Tips

Zero energy homes are the hottest trend in the building and real estate industry and it’s gaining momentum. The ability to effectively market and show zero energy homes will give…

My Zero Energy Retrofit Beats my 401(k)

…of the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from our home. I opted not to install solar hot-water panels because solar electric (photovoltaic) panels powering a heat-pump water heater are more…

Zero Energy Upgrades Could Cost Zero Dollars

…post, “Buying Power of Energy Savings,” which describes how the energy savings from a zero energy building completely covers the additional monthly mortgage payments needed for energy efficiency features. But…

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