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Webinar: Full Life Cycle Impact Approach for the Building Sector

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Aug 5, 2020 2:06:33 PM

Join an engaging webinar with DOE expert Heather Goetsch and learn specific ways to reduce the overall life cycle impact of a building.

On August 13 at 2:00 p.m., Heather Goetsch, PhD., AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at the DOE Building Technologies Office, will talk specifics on how the building industry can reduce the embodied impacts of our built world. Click to reserve your spot. 

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The HVAC Revolution

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Aug 4, 2020 3:11:19 PM

Carrier’s brand-new Infinity® 26 air conditioner and Infinity® 24 heat pump with Greenspeed® Intelligence answer homeowner demand for the highest quality indoor air, comfort, and unparalleled energy efficiency. Come check out all the new features!

What’s so revolutionary about Carrier’s product? A lot. So much, in fact, we detailed it in this quick-read downloadable eBook so you can learn why the Infinity 26 and Infinity 24 with Greenspeed Intelligence is the best option for today’s high-performance homes.

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Before You Mitigate Radon, Consider Your Spray Foam Insulation Options

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jul 31, 2020 3:38:38 PM

Research shows that closed-cell spray foam insulation creates a highly effective barrier against radon gas in both new and remodeled homes.

More than half of the United States has a problem with invisible radon gas in buildings. 

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Maverick No More

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jul 28, 2020 1:01:06 PM

The rise of net zero housing will likely accelerate in wake of the pandemic.

The net zero energy building (NZEB) movement has hit critical mass. After decades of being considered a fringe goal and showcased in the media as maverick, net zero housing has earned its place in the mainstream. It’s slated to become the way all homes will be built in the near future.

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Saved by (Net) Zero

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jul 27, 2020 5:03:12 PM

When people stay at home, energy efficiency is a must. Builder Wayne Turett came to that conclusion several years ago.

You wouldn’t think there would be much of a link between COVID-19 and the way a house is built. But spend a couple of months inside a home with an outdated ventilation system or decaying windows and you might change your mind—both in terms of comfort, as the weather warms, and finances, when you get your power bills.

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Get Listed In the Zero Energy Inventory

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 24, 2020 8:30:00 AM

The 5th Annual Zero Energy Inventory is now open. Enter your project today.

Team Zero (the Net Zero Energy Coalition) is embarking on its 5th annual Zero Energy Residential Buildings Inventory. If you are in the United States or Canada and are involved in zero energy home design and construction, this inventory is for you! You can register your projects at https://inventory.teamzero.org

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Thinking Deeper: Earth Sheltered Houses

Posted by Barbara Horwitz-Bennet

Jul 21, 2020 10:36:01 AM

By using the natural insulating qualities of soil and an innovative, fast assembly method, this company is challenging the sticks-and-bricks model.

Although the term “earth-sheltered home” connotes a dark and damp, cellar-type dwelling, semi-underground building expert Dale Pearcey is here to set the record straight.

Not only do these unique building structures enjoy as much natural light and fresh air in their living spaces as conventional homes, but they require just a fraction of the electrical heating and air conditioning, amounting to significant savings over time.

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Webinar: Zero is the Future of Housing….And No Extra Cost if Optimized

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 21, 2020 10:00:01 AM

This free webinar is presented by Sam Rashkin, Chief Architect, U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office, on August 6, 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

The zero energy and zero-energy-ready train has left the station. Tens of thousands of homes already constructed provide compelling evidence that zero energy building is mainstream and cost-effective.

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Sensor Measures CO2 to Adjust HVAC

Posted by Alan Naditz

Jul 15, 2020 3:30:43 PM

By applying a human-centric metric, cooling and heating can be optimized for the comfort of occupants.

Purdue University researchers have developed a sensor connected to the internet to help control and cut down on energy consumption through HVAC systems, particularly those used in large office and hospitality industry buildings, but also in smart homes.

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VISION House at Mariposa Meadows: Exterior Motives

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jul 8, 2020 12:25:33 PM

Don’t be fooled by the tranquil appearance of the VISION House at Mariposa Meadows—this is a powerhouse built to withstand the most extreme weather.

Spring finally comes to the meadow. The U.S. Forest Service truck idles at the gate while a ranger unlocks the metal bars that have blocked traffic from the forest road during the treacherous winter season. It is this way every year. From the first real snowfall in November through the end of May, the road to Mariposa Meadows, deep within the San Juan mountains of Colorado near Telluride, remains closed.

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Free Webinar: Mass Timber is Here!  Catch the Trends.

Posted by Mary Kestner

Jun 2, 2020 1:41:37 PM

As mass timber construction continues to expand across the country, there are still challenges when it comes to building and specifying with mass timber.

Join Green Builder Media and Neal Clemens and Matthew Winston on Hilti North America for a discussion around the rise of mass timber, how firestopping plays a role, and what it means for the future of building construction.

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Free Webinar: Net Zero in Action

Posted by Mary Kestner

May 26, 2020 12:22:19 PM

Net Zero is one of the fastest growing areas of the building sector. Join Green Builder Media on Thursday, June 11, 2020 at 2:00 Eastern for a free webinar with Bruce Sullivan, Technical Director, Zero Energy Project and David Green, author of Zero Carbon Home

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Offset Embodied Carbon With Solar Panels

Posted by Joe Emerson, Guest Columnst

May 22, 2020 3:33:54 PM

Getting to zero carbon requires lowering the embodied carbon in a building as far as possible and then offsetting that carbon with renewable energy, a process we discuss in detail in a previous post. If you have calculated and reduced the embodied carbon in your building plan, the final step is to calculate and then install sufficient solar panels to offset the building’s embodied carbon. Using the data from your embodied carbon life cycle assessment (LCA), you can determine how many solar panels will be needed to produce all the electricity needed by the home or building and to compensate for the embodied carbon of the building materials and construction. Installing the calculated excess solar capacity will allow you to export sufficient renewable energy to result in zero net carbon emissions for the project. Remember to include the carbon footprint of the solar panels in the LCA. If installing the full amount of solar panels on site is not feasible, off-site solar or carbon credits can fill the gap.

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