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The Anatomy of Zero Energy in the Arc House

Posted by Juliet Grable

Sep 27, 2016 8:45:36 PM

Net-Zero Energy Features

  • Super-Insulated Shell
  • Advanced Windows
  • Efficient HVAC and Appliances
  • Integrated Solar with Battery Storage
  • Passive Solar Design
  • Energy Use Feedback
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Minnesota Solar Non-Profit Rreal Hosts Local Gala to Raise Money for Low-Income Solar Installations

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Sep 14, 2016 9:54:56 AM

The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance is doing good work, combining a positive mission with renewable energy and now, beer. What's not to like?

I visited with Jay Edens, director of Rreal on a trip to the midwest last month. Edens has created an unlikely oasis of solar hope (i know that sounds cliche', but it's simply true) in the middle of rural Minnesota. Pine River. Population 900 plus or minus. The organization runs several different types of projects, from solar furnaces (wall-mounted passive solar heat) for low-income families on energy assistance (LIHEAP) to PV installations for community centers to educational outreach.

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The End of Fossil Fuel Use Will Involve a Complex Mix of Renewables

Posted by Dan Chiras, Guest Columnist

Sep 2, 2016 1:11:23 PM

Although many would like to see a 100 percent solar transition, a less "painful" path will likely involve biomass, wind and other renewable technologies for many years to come.

ALTHOUGH SOLAR ELECTRICITY and wind energy are growing by leaps and bounds, they only provide a tiny fraction of today’s electrical demand. As global supplies of fossil fuel resources decline and as concern over global climate change increases, however, solar electric systems could become a major source of electricity, along with wind and a host of other renewable energy technologies. But is there enough solar energy to produce enough electricity to meet our needs?

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The Arc House Goes to Vegas: Millennials Rejoice!

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Sep 1, 2016 8:41:47 AM

On display at this year's Solar Power International in Vegas, the Arc House is a Millennial's dream, not the lumbering McMansion of yesteryear.

I’m not a millennial, but I find myself intrigued by many of the things that seem to drive the interest and attention of that generation—smart technologies, clean energy, the circular economy, and tiny living. 

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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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