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Lessons in Green Builder Math: How to Make Zero Energy Equal a Perfect Ten

We love talking Zero Energy Ready Homes -- with clients AND industry colleagues! So we were happy to oblige when the National Association of Home Builders asked us to outline lessons we've learned whilst building ultra-efficient homes, so fellow builders could learn from our experience. Our guest blog on NAHB Now, “…


Added by Diane Jackson on September 2, 2016 at 10:10am — No Comments

Build It Green Wins Research Grant to Advance Multifamily Zero Net Energy

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded Build It Green (BIG) a research grant to overcome key challenges to developing zero net energy (ZNE) multifamily buildings. The goal of the CEC grant is to make ZNE construction technically and economically feasible and to accelerate ZNE’s adoption among multifamily developers.

BIG and its research partners will optimize approaches to designing and constructing multifamily buildings that produce as much energy as they consume—through…


Added by Don Knapp on September 1, 2016 at 9:13am — No Comments

Crawl Space Dehumidifiers Vs. Portable Dehumidifiers

If you start looking at the prices of crawl space dehumidifiers compared to portable dehumidifiers, you may be shocked to find out how big the range is between the units. The prices can range anywhere from $250 to $2500 and it can quickly become confusing which option is best for you. Is it really necessary to have a crawl space dehumidifier, or could you get by with a single room dehumidifier?

Almost 100% of the time it ends up being worth investing a little bit more money for the…


Added by Kit Yturralde on August 31, 2016 at 7:23am — No Comments

Renewable Rant: Traditional Energy!

Why, when I open up a newsletter or market evaluation report about “traditional energy” markets, do I read about fossil fuels?

Allow me to propagate a radical idea that I hope will change the way you think and talk about energy. First there was solar energy. It remains as steady, predictable, and powerful today as it has for the past five billion years (give or take a few creationist theories). No life form on earth relies on any other form of energy other than what…


Added by Paul Scheckel on August 29, 2016 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Low Price Tag, Long-Term Savings: Elevate’s Nonprofit Program Helps Vietnamese Association of Illinois Improve Lighting

Sometimes a simple change can make a big difference. The Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI) recently shaved an estimated 28 percent off its electric bills by improving the lights in its Uptown, Chicago headquarters.

That’s a projected savings of more than $1,200 annually that the community group can shift into funding an…


Added by Amber Vignieri on August 26, 2016 at 7:37am — No Comments

RaterFest! Wants to hear your ideas

RaterFest! 2016 is looking for individuals to lead short, 20 minute

break-out sessions.…


Added by Hannah Finch on August 23, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Better Building Codes Empower Utah Homebuyers to Look for Energy Efficiency

Until Aug. 13, many prospective home buyers in Utah were touring new homes during the Salt Lake Parade of Homes and pondering which might be best for them. One important question many were asking is, “What would my energy bills be in this new home versus that one?”

Luckily, when shopping for a new home, Utah consumers can now check energy ratings…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 22, 2016 at 10:24am — 3 Comments

Spray Pod Mini Launch

So when it comes to air sealing, what is the single biggest challenge or frustration that you are running into right now. Many contractors would like for their air sealing task to be quicker. Others would like to see a simpler, more integrated tool.  One contractor said that getting into and out of a hot attic was very important to them.  So during the Spray Pod Mini launch at the Energy Efficiency Makeover 2016, we received a information and feedback as we worked not…


Added by William Collins on August 20, 2016 at 6:13am — No Comments

Below Ground Solar Pool Heating Systems

Below Ground Solar Pool Heating Systems: An in depth look into their effectiveness, installation & added benefits.

Gateway Canyons Resort, Colorado


Everyone knows that heating a pool can be a very expensive operation. That is why so many have moved towards sustainable technologies like solar energy. For most, when thinking of solar energy an image of large solar…


Added by Max DesMarais on August 17, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Ecological Mortar For Masonry With Blocks And Bricks

Ready mortar GRUDA-BLOCK is an evolution of polymer mortar, contemplating high-tech innovation and performance, while increasing economic and sustainable benefits in masonry.

Designed to increase productivity and quality of constructions, the ready-mix mortar GRUDA-BLOCK offers…


Added by José De Menezes Filho on August 15, 2016 at 3:08pm — No Comments

How On-Demand Pumps in New Residential Construction Can Pay for Themselves Via the New Home’s Mortgage

Is it fair to say, “We take residential plumbing for granted? Do we use our plumbing system on a daily basis more than we do our stove or refrigerator?”

I think yes.

During the past 6-7 years, I have investigated on-demand pumps (IAPMO certified). I gathered large amounts of wasted water, energy and time data—with these pumps installed (and without) from homeowners all over the USA. I have written…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 15, 2016 at 9:43am — No Comments

Two Addison Projects Win Housing Innovation Awards

DOE’s Housing Innovation Awards program recognizes nation’s top builders on the path to Zero Energy Ready Homes

Two Addison Homes projects have earned 2016 Housing Innovation Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. Addison Homes won in both the Innovation…


Added by Diane Jackson on August 15, 2016 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

The Cabin: A Friend of the Environment and a Sustainable Home

When most people think of the cabin, they think of that classic log home.  They think of the wood stove and fireplace, the rustic décor, and the uncertainty of indoor plumbing.  All reasonable and expected thoughts.  Visually, the cabin hasn’t changed much over the years, depending, of course, on what you consider a cabin.  Most people consider the cabin to be a structure made from timber surrounding it, or at least made to look like it was made from that timber.  In any case, while the…


Added by Carlee Quintas on August 15, 2016 at 6:03am — No Comments

5 Prerequisites To Get Your Home Solar-Ready

Alternative energy is a rage across the US, especially in the southern cities like Tampa and Miami, where hundreds and thousands of homeowners are making good use of the natural resource they receive in abundance as mother nature's gift – the sunlight. Walk the alleyways in residential neighborhoods in these cities, and the solar-roofed houses will keep on greeting you. If you happen to live in one of these sun-bathed cities, you must have…


Added by Olivia Taylor on August 12, 2016 at 1:35am — No Comments

RaterFest! is Looking for its Perfect +1


Added by Hannah Finch on August 11, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

The latest Game of Homes scenario.

I just played the recent Game of Homes scenario, "Budget Constraints". Check it out and let me know what you think? 

Play Game of Homes

Added by Sarah Holloway on August 10, 2016 at 3:09pm — No Comments

Solar Contagion and Lessons for Other Energy Upgrades

by Jacob Corvidae, Rocky Mountain Institute

What makes solar power contagious, and can home energy upgrades spread the same way? Solar is spreading like a reinvented fire. See the dropping prices, technology improvements, and …


Added by Kelly Vaughn on August 10, 2016 at 1:41pm — 1 Comment

Decoupling pairs top-notch utility service with energy savings

From Mike Bull, Director of Policy and Communications:

For some time, energy utilities in Minnesota and elsewhere have been evolving to keep pace with customer expectations and increased targets for energy savings and renewable energy. And as utilities continue to seek the right balance between energy efficiency and a robust infrastructure, traditional business models for cost recovery are increasingly challenging and may no longer fit…


Added by Tim Hanrahan on August 9, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

4 Factors that determine selection of energy service provider!

In today’s commercialized market, there are umpteen numbers of service providers who are there to lure customers on the basis of tariffs, schemes, discounts and services. But, it is totally up to the customer to choose and get the best deal out of everyone.

Amidst so many service providers, it becomes tough for the customers to make a decision while choosing a specific service provider. Usually, price to be paid for the services is only considered the sole reason that can determine…


Added by Daina Martin on August 9, 2016 at 2:13am — No Comments

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