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The Path to Net Zero — Creating a Sustainable Home with Solar

Posted by Troy Zdzieblowski, Guest Columnist

Mar 29, 2018 10:34:33 AM

If you're building new or remodeling, make sure you have a conversation about going "net zero" with your contractor.

Homeowners can go the extra mile to create a sustainable living space by creating a net zero building. A net zero building or home is space with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.

The World Green Building Council defines net zero as this: A highly energy-efficient building with all remaining operational energy use from renewable energy, preferably on-site but also off-site production, to achieve net zero carbon emissions annually in operation.

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Video: Workout Bikes Power This California Gym

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 24, 2018 11:00:20 AM

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Window Film Offers Low-Cost Energy Upgrade

Posted by Darrell Smith, Guest Columnist

Mar 5, 2018 4:22:55 PM

Retrofitting an old window with film can save you seven times the energy per dollar as buying a brand new window.

According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), between 25-35 percent of wasted building energy is blamed on inefficient windows, and many older commercial buildings still have less efficient single pane glass windows.

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Outdoor Lighting Tips (How Bright is Bright?)

Posted by Ross Spark, Guest Columnist

Mar 1, 2018 12:10:00 PM

Gone are the days of incandescent bulbs, Our lighting tips will explain lumens and brightness.

Gone are the days of incandescent bulbs which are known for their excessive power consumption. Some places still use fluorescent tubes and sodium vapor lamps, and mercury vapor lamps are required for extremely high-intensity light. However, generally speaking, today, compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) have become very popular due to their long life and extremely low power consumption.

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Turn A Shipping Container Into A Perfect Eco House

Posted by Ron Wolf, Guest Columnist

Feb 22, 2018 5:52:05 PM

Shipping containers serving as homes are both environmentally friendly and affordable, which are the main reasons why most people opt for them. Going green is gradually reaching a constantly growing number of people, while costs of living are forcing people to find cheaper solutions. But the question is - how exactly to turn a shipping container into a comfortable, eco-friendly house?

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The Original “Green” Building Material: Brick

Posted by Art Young, Guest Columnist

Feb 19, 2018 1:27:57 PM

Brick is an authentic building material, made from the earth, for the earth.

One of the hottest topics in the construction industry today is “green buildings.” This is a catch-all phrase that describes construction materials and building techniques which are environmentally friendly. These buildings require less energy to heat and cool and save their owners thousands of dollars over the life of the building. They can withstand the ravages of elements for generations and they are most likely constructed of materials that come from the earth.

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'Not All Houses Marketed as 'Green' Truly Are

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 17, 2018 12:34:49 PM

Home shoppers need to be on the lookout for greenwashing.

As home shoppers increasingly are showing their attraction to, and willingness to pay more for, green homes.  It's important to do your research.

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What Determines The Lifespan Of Solar Panels?

Posted by Kyle Pennell, Guest Columnist

Jan 5, 2018 5:50:25 PM

Solar panels don’t last forever. But what determines when and why solar panels die?

The truth is that solar panels don’t typically die in the traditional sense. That is, they remain operational decades after they’re installed, but not as well as they did back when they were new. The slow decline in the panels’ energy-generation capability is known as its degradation rate. When panels produce less than 80 percent of the energy they did when they were new, they’re considered failed, and most solar installers will recommend that they be replaced.

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How to Choose a Kitchen Sink, According to Science – 8 Factors to Consider

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 2, 2018 5:51:40 PM

You need a comfortable kitchen space before anything else.

And the first thing to start with when decorating or redecorating the kitchen is the sink. It’s easy when you have all the choices laid out in front of you.

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How to Choose a Vacuum Cleaner, According to Science – 11 Factors to Consider

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 26, 2017 3:58:51 PM

Buying a vacuum cleaner for the first time isn’t as simple as it used to be.

If you wish to make your house cleaner with dust-free floors and unblemished carpets, it’s time to upgrade. There can be many reasons why you need a vacuum cleaner, but have you thought about the kind of cleaner you want for your home.

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