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Net Zero Now Builds Indestructible Elegance for $10k Premium

Posted by Alan Naditz

Jan 13, 2021 8:30:00 AM

This home’s disaster-resistant build and green energy source give it the best of both worlds.

Owners of this new 2,512-square-foot home in Newburgh, N.Y., can rest easy knowing that their home is resistant to hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires, tornados, blizzards, mold and bugs. Their monthly electric bill will rarely go above $10 a month. All of this only cost about $10,000 more than a home built to just meet code.

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DOE ZERH: Mountainside Architectural Beauty

Posted by Alan Naditz

Jan 6, 2021 3:42:33 PM

This home builder had the unenviable task of building a super energy-efficient dream home on a difficult building site.

Perched high on a mountainside in southwestern Colorado, the Glacier Club Modern Home offered commanding views and incredible challenges for the home builder. Mantell-Hecathorn Builders of Durango, Colo., was up to the challenge, delivering a home that was architecturally stunning and surpassed the builder’s own goals for high performance by winning a Housing Innovation Award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) program.

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Powering Up

Posted by Alan Naditz

Dec 29, 2020 8:50:13 AM

The electric housing market is about to go boom—and that’s a very good thing.

Once upon a time, Charles Arias thought all the talk about an emerging electric housing market was just that—talk. He says he couldn’t envision a time when people would willingly give up all-too-convenient natural gas water heaters or stoves in favor of electric-powered models that, in his opinion, simply didn’t perform as well.

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Generation Z Is “Generation Green”

Posted by Alan Naditz

Dec 16, 2020 9:37:38 AM

 

For the next decade’s workforce, saving the environment and taking Earth-friendly jobs are top priorities.

Ninety-two percent of Generation Z members believe climate change is inevitable, but 75 percent also believe it can be stopped or at least slowed down, according to a survey by global data tech firm Morning Consult. The poll of 1,000 members of Gen Z between the ages of 13 and 23 also shows that 8 percent of respondents think Climate Change is beyond our control. For 2 percent, climate change isn’t happening at all.

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Extreme Weather Means Costly Future

Posted by Alan Naditz

Dec 15, 2020 2:31:01 PM

The physical and financial impacts of wildfires and other climate-related disasters will only get worse in years to come, says a new report from the Environmental Defense Fund.

Wildfires in the United States have destroyed more than 7 million acres and thousands of structures, killed hundreds of people, and resulted in billions of dollars in damage. Things are only going to get worse.

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High Road to HVAC

Posted by Alan Naditz

Nov 18, 2020 1:37:37 PM

The path to going green is a large degree of Tranquility.

In conjunction with Trane Technologies’ overall sustainability commitments, Trane Residential has launched a new initiative to elevate the conversation and buying experience with the homeowner, incorporating key consumer trends around wellness, healthy home, and energy savings. The trends are incorporated by creating a home that is a sanctuary via a program called “Tranquility.”

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5 Sustainable Building Manufacturers

Posted by Alan Naditz

Nov 10, 2020 10:39:44 AM

Looking for inspiration? Explore the sustainability efforts of these companies that are leading the building construction industry.

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Every Facet of HVAC Manufacturer Greens Up

Posted by Alan Naditz

Nov 3, 2020 9:46:03 AM

With most early goals met, this heating and cooling industry giant makes even bigger commitments for 2030.

Now, it’s time for round two.

In 2013, the phrase “climate change” was finally being recognized as a legitimate, global term related to the environment. The Paris Agreement, which called for participating companies to voluntary reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the next three decades, was getting started.

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Green Windows and Doors From a Sustainable Manufacturer

Posted by Alan Naditz

Oct 29, 2020 1:31:55 PM

For this Eco-Leader residential door and window maker, green is good—very good.

YKK AP America manufactures commercial facade systems, and residential doors and windows, and considers the environment in everything it does. The environmental pledge which governs the company’s practices states, “It is recognized today as being a most important duty for all humankind that we preserve the abundantly endowed global environment and that we transfer it to the next generation in a sound condition.”

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Building Product Manufacturer Moves Towards 100% Renewables

Posted by Alan Naditz

Oct 23, 2020 4:02:35 PM

As this Eco-Leader demonstrates: When it comes to encouraging net-zero status with customers’ homes, it never hurts to start with your own.

Uponor, which manufactures plumbing and radiant heating systems and tools, recently took a big step when its Lakeville, Minn., distribution center became 100 percent wind-powered last spring. Since 2017, the company has been increasingly buying blocks of wind-produced renewable energy from local utilities.

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A Radical Rethink on Home Energy Storage

Posted by Alan Naditz

Oct 20, 2020 2:46:44 PM

An innovative approach to home solar storage is just one example of this company’s groundbreaking steps forward in sustainability.

It was only a decade ago when Christoph Ostermann and Torsten Stiefenhofer introduced a radical product that addressed a simple question: Why shouldn’t a homeowner’s solar power stay with their home instead of sending it back to the grid?

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One Company; Three Ways to Net Zero

Posted by Alan Naditz

Oct 14, 2020 12:07:14 PM

Training and education are setting the tone for this company’s sustainability efforts.

There’s no one way to go net zero—which is why Rheem Manufacturing is using three of them. The heating and cooling product manufacturer, under its “Greater Degree of Good” mantra, plans to meet 2025 sustainability goals through innovation, efficiency, and leadership.

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Net-Zero Everywhere

Posted by Alan Naditz

Oct 13, 2020 3:21:30 PM

Panasonic’s goal by 2050 is to create more energy than it uses. Projects on three continents showcase how it will get this done.

Call it “net-zero by the numbers.” For Panasonic, operating in a sustainable fashion means more than just implementing policy. It also means showing the world what happened when you did.

In the past three years, the electronics maker has made its home appliance recycling site, Panasonic ECO Technology Center (PETEC), and its battery manufacturing site, Panasonic Energy Belgium (PECBE), carbon emissions-neutral. Three more factories making up Panasonic do Brazil (PANABRAS) recently became the first on the American continent to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas status.

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