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The Arc House: The Case for Compact, Alternative Housing

Posted by Juliet Grable

Aug 10, 2016 5:44:57 PM

New concepts such as the 400-sq.-ft. Arc House demonstrate a viable option for moving renters into starter homes.

Today, more than ever, we need housing solutions that respond to changing demographics and economic realities, while at the same time reducing the environmental footprint of the housing industry. With The Arc House, Shelter Dynamics and Green Builder® Media are demonstrating the possibilities of future housing and steering the market on a more sustainable course.

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Smart, Solar, and Tiny

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 14, 2016 1:11:39 PM

Our latest Vision House demonstration project, The Arc House, proves that tiny living is more than a passing trend.

Photos: courtesy of Juliet Grable and Jessica Heron

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Tesla’s Takeover: Creating the First Integrated Energy Company

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jul 7, 2016 11:07:40 AM

Is Tesla's recently submitted offer to purchase SolarCity, valued at $2.8 billion, a grand plan to create an integrated energy company, or a last-ditch attempt to save an empire deeply in debt?

Two weeks ago, virtuoso entrepreneur Elon Musk surprised the business world yet again with Tesla’s bid to purchase SolarCity.  Since Tesla is the world’s most successful electric vehicle company and SolarCity is the nation’s largest residential solar company, it should come as no surprise that the projected market cap for the combined company exceeds $1 trillion. 

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An Intelligent, Net Zero Tiny Home

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 15, 2016 11:36:05 AM

Green Builder Media recently announced a partnership with specialty modular builder Shelter Dynamics to bring a prototype tiny home called the Arc House to several upcoming building industry shows.

Green Builder Media will partner with specialty modular builder Shelter Dynamics to bring a prototype tiny home called the Arc House to PCBC (June at the Moscone Center in San Fran), Solar Power International (September at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Vegas), and Greenbuild (October at the Los Angeles Convention Center in LA), with the goal of exposing conference attendees to the uniquely designed, hand-crafted structure that is simultaneously net zero, resource efficient, resilient, intelligent, and elegant.  

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The Race Is On: Who Will Win When Smart Meets Solar?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 12, 2016 9:24:49 AM

The Solar and Smart Home technologies are quickly converging, opening up watershed growth opportunities for companies in these sectors. But it also invites new players like metadata behemoths Google and Amazon into the space, who have a long history of disrupting industries. Who is poised to win?

The global solar industry, expected to reach $345 billion by 2020, and the global smart home market, expected to reach $59 billion by 2020, are two of the building industry’s hottest growth sectors. 

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Smart Home Evolution: Connected and Solar

Posted by Sara Gutterman

May 5, 2016 1:50:36 PM

Both the solar and smart home technology categories are growing at meteoric rates.  To date, the sectors have remained relatively independent, but their convergence will soon offer a game-changing level of control, independence, and peace of mind to homeowners.

Solar and smart home technology are consistently, month after month, two of the hottest topic areas of interest to Green Builder Media’s readers.  And it’s no wonder—with the extensive and rapid innovation occurring in both sectors, there is a lot to be excited about.

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China is Taking Climate Change Seriously.  Is the U.S.?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Mar 24, 2016 9:26:31 AM

In its recently unveiled 13th Five-Year Plan, China has set aggressive targets to solve its pressing environmental problems, including air pollution, water conservation, responsible urban growth, clean transportation, and renewables.  It’s a pleasant surprise that China is taking climate change so seriously.  Can the U.S. keep up?

Marco Rubio was dead wrong.  I suppose that blasting him for things he said while on the campaign trail is futile at this point, but I can’t help but vigorously refute a statement that he made in the last Republican debate—that the U.S. shouldn’t engage in any meaningful climate action because the planet is constantly changing (which is true), that China and India are ruining the environment (also true), and that, since everyone else is polluting and acting irresponsibly, anything we do is pointless because we’re all going to hell in a handbasket (unequivocally not true).

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Solar Update: Did Nevada’s Governor Steal the Sunshine?

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jan 28, 2016 10:34:14 AM

Nevada’s Public Utility Commission decisively put the kibosh on solar by capping net metering, imposing higher fees, and reducing credits for solar-powered homes and businesses.

The Nevada Public Utility Commission (PUC), in conjunction with Governor Brian Sandoval and the State Legislature, approved new rules last month that cap net metering credits and impose monthly fees on solar rooftop systems, dramatically reducing the financial benefit of solar and negatively affecting approximately 18,000 existing solar customers.

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Solar and Wind Liberated

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Dec 22, 2015 1:05:38 PM

In an amazingly bipartisan move, Congress just ensured the steady growth of wind and solar through 2021.

It’s astounding what Congress members can accomplish when they find that it’s in their best interest to cooperate. In order to ensure smooth sailing (at least on the budget front) until the 2016 election, Congress just passed a spending bill with none of the drama or tumult that has become its status quo. And, better yet, that spending bill promises to unleash the potential of solar and wind in our country as viable, cost-effective clean energy sources.

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Solar Canada 2015 Highlights

Posted by Kathy Zoeller, Guest Contributor

Dec 5, 2015 3:08:00 PM

December 7th & 8th Program Highlights

Canada is focusing more on renewable energy in an effort to lower greenhouse gases and utilize more renewable sources of energy. Next Monday, December 7 & Tuesday, December 8, thousands of attendees and hundreds of exhibitors from around the world will come together at  Solar Canada 2015, Canada’s largest solar energy trade show and conference at the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Center.

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The Outrageous War on Solar

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 22, 2015 9:24:00 AM

Fossil fuel interests are waging a shady war on solar through backroom transactions and bootleg deals.  How long will they be able to rig the game?

84% of U.S. voters are in favor of “taking action to accelerate the development and use of clean energy”, but major fossil fuel interests don’t care as long as their profits are at stake.

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50 Earth-Saving Ideas

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 15, 2015 10:07:39 AM

These innovations are improving lives and guarding against the impacts of climate change.

EVERY YEAR THE innovation platform Sustainia compiles a guide showcasing 100 solutions from around the globe that are already creating a more sustainable future.

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How to Select a Solar Panel Installation Company

Posted by Ella Andrews, Guest Columnist

Oct 14, 2015 2:30:00 PM

These tips will give you ideas how you can choose the right company before you move forward with your project.

As the total cost of electric power seems to be fairly high in many areas of the world, the need for ways to save on electricity has been on the rise. The greatest thing is that good solar power technology has been on the rise for quite a while, which means you will have a chance to do just that with the proper preparation work being done. This will be of great importance if you want to install things on your own or if you want to work with an installation company, as they will give you a much better chance to make things happen without fail. The tips ahead will give you a few ideas how you can choose the right company before you move forward with your project.

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