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Falling Solar Prices Make Net Positive Energy Building Easier

Posted by Zack Semke

Aug 11, 2014 7:57:00 AM

Our planet is heating up, and humans are the cause: 97% of climate research conducted over the past 20 years concurs. So anthropogenic global warming is real. But it’s one of those problems that feels so big that it can paralyze.

After all, the potential effects are biblical in their scale. And the conventional wisdom is that it’s a really hard problem to address, with lots of cultural, political and economic reasons for inaction. But amidst the hand-wringing and hemming-and-hawing a new possibility is beginning to emerge. It may be less painful to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than we thought.

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Green Builder Research: Sustainable Upgrades

Posted by Craig Coale

Jun 5, 2014 10:54:00 AM

Green Builder Media’s data shows that Energy-Star appliances, high-efficiency HVAC and water conservation plumbing fixtures are the top three sustainable products that are standard in new homes.


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A Net Zero Future: Market Trends and Building Science

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 15, 2014 10:47:00 AM

I recently attended the ‘Race to Zero’ student design competition hosted by the Department of Energy (DOE) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado.

The competition challenged student groups from universities across the US and Canada to design zero energy homes. Awards were offered for sustainable design, effective technical integration, and cost effectiveness. As is usually the case with such competitions, the students displayed impressive imagination, contagious curiosity, and encouraging enthusiasm.

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The Energy-Water Nexus

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 20, 2014 9:51:00 AM

Green Builder Media President Ron Jones has an ominous prediction: “If you think the oil wars are bad, wait until the water wars begin.” With severe drought conditions expanding across the globe, I fear that his warning may become a reality sooner, and more acutely, than we think.           

In this country, California, Texas, Arizona, and Georgia are on the frontline of the water crisis. Arizona just experienced its fourth warmest winter to date, causing water shortages across the state, and Texas is suffering through the lowest reservoir levels in 25 years.

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VIDEO: Alliance to Save Energy

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 21, 2013 12:13:00 PM

This video showcases a net-zero commercial building. The Research Support Facility on the National Renewable Energy Lab's Colorado campus is a true example of energy productivity!

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