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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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Target: Suburbia

Posted by GBM Research

Oct 30, 2012 3:55:00 PM

THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE IF STANDARDS AND TECHNOLOGY (NIST) has taken on a project of major significance--demonstrating that a typical American home in the suburbs can be built to net-zero standards. In other words, it will look and perform just like a "normal" house, but will produce as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year.

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