November 27, 2022

Embodied Carbon: Reduce Your Home’s Hidden Carbon Footprint

Operational carbon is usually what we think of when energy costs are discussed. That is, carbon emissions that come from the energy used to power our homes, cars, etc. over their lifetime. Your home’s energy efficiency comes into play here. Generally, operational carbon emissions can be modeled and predicted, so you can compare one appliance […]

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November 2, 2022

7 Simple Steps to Decarbonize Your Home

With carbon emissions reaching an all-time high, it is important to discuss how we, as a global community, can minimize the carbon load of our buildings. As of March 29th of 2019, we surpassed over 410 ppm (parts per million) of carbon dioxide (CO2) in our atmosphere. To put this into perspective, our sea levels […]

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September 28, 2022

Builder Training & Consumer Demand Are Key To Getting to Zero

Together we are  building demand for zero energy homes by arming consumers and professionals with resources to plan their own path to zero

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September 22, 2022

Highlighting Useful Technologies for Getting to Zero: The New Zero Energy Project Product Directory

Building materials and equipment play a key role in the efficiency and affordability of zero energy buildings. This is why we’re proud to introduce the Zero Energy Project Product Directory to help builders identify appropriate products and to stimulate the supply chain to provide products that will draw the building sector toward greater energy efficiency.

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September 22, 2022

BlocPower: Renovating Buildings and Cities on the Path to Zero

Brooklyn-based BlocPower is an innovative for-profit startup that aims to renovate thousands of older buildings to become highly energy efficient, all-electric, and low–carbon emitting. All while creating good jobs for low-income people. As a “public benefit” corporation, BlocPower’s core goals include energy efficiency, renewable energy, greenhouse gas reduction, economic development, job creation in low-income communities, […]

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August 4, 2022

Home Energy Scores: If Ireland Has Them, Why Not the US?

No need to wait: Homebuyers and sellers can require energy efficiency scores and upgrades now

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August 3, 2022

EEBA Launches Free Online Database of Sustainable Building Products for Your Home

The Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) and ecomedes have compiled a trove of eco-friendly building products for your home: the EEBA & ecomedes sustainable building products database. This free online tool is designed to help you find the green materials you need in a snap. Users can select products by sustainability attributes, labels, and […]

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May 16, 2022

Double Stud Wall Simplified – Low Cost, High Performance

The double-stud wall is a well-established method for creating a very economical, durable, and high R-value assembly in new construction.

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March 9, 2022

What Is a Mini-Split Heat Pump?

They’re all the rage in the world of high-performance HVAC. But what exactly is a mini-split heat pump?

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September 20, 2021

Thinking Inside the Box

Factory-built homes show great promise for zero energy housing. This company is combining high performance and small size with low cost to meet the housing challenges of the coming decade. 

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August 6, 2021

Financing Energy-Efficient Housing on a Massive Scale 

There is one major obstacle to the widespread transition to zero energy homes: The mortgage industry has been slow to recognize their higher market value and reluctant to finance the additional upfront cost of financially sound energy efficiency features. One solution is a system to create mortgage backed securities specifically for energy efficient homes. 

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August 5, 2021

Zero Homes Are Great: Let’s Make Them Better — Zero 2.0

Ten years ago, making a home or building generate as much energy as it uses over the course of a year seemed an immense challenge. Tens of thousands of these advanced energy-efficient structures have been built. But they need to be better to meet the challenges of climate change, health, security, and resilience. So what’s next? Zero 2.0! 

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