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After Net Zero: The Negative Energy Home

by • September 10, 2013 • Green Building, Living Off The Grid, Net Zero Homes, slider, Solar Panels, Sustainable HomesComments Off on After Net Zero: The Negative Energy Home3958

The Power Haus produces all the energy it needs—and more. By:Claire Easley After Net Zero: The Negative Energy HomeThe Power Haus produces all the energy it needs—and more. Net-zero energy homes may be the hot new thing at the moment, but Josh Wynne Construction has already begun looking—and building—past that. The builder’s recent project, the...

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Why Green Building is Important

September 10, 2013 • Green Building, Sustainable Homes2624

Why Green Building is Important What is Green Building? Green building, or sustainable design, is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials, and reducing building impacts on human health...

What Is Green Building and Why Is It Important?

September 10, 2013 • Green Building, slider, Smart Homes, Solar Panels3948

Editor’s note: This is the second article in the five-part 360Value Green Building Article Series. The goal of the series is to inform insurance professionals about the growing green building trend and how it may affect insurers in the future. The 360Value...

Built in the USA – a snapshot of green building activity across all 50 states

September 10, 2013 • Green Building2662

It wasn’t easy to pull together state-by-state facts and figures about the strength of our growing green building marketplace. But we did it, thanks to the help and support of all 77 chapters.* We now have at our fingertips—state-by-state and...

Family moves into first net zero Active House in the U.S.

September 10, 2013 • Green Building, Living Off The Grid, Net Zero Homes, slider, Sustainable Homes8503

We’ve seen plenty of impressive net zero houses in the past, from the motion-controlled CHIP House in California to the budget-priced Sosoljip in South Korea. But one issue that seems predominant in most energy-neutral homes is that they typically take...

Net-Zero Homes Need Labeling, Instruction Manuals

September 10, 2013 • Green Building, Net Zero Homes, Smart Homes, Solar Panels, Sustainable Homes4035

Net-zero homes need clear labeling to attract homebuyers and an instruction manual for when they are sold, according to NIST. By Candace Pearson Though this looks like a typical suburban home, it is actually a net-zero test home in which robots simulate the...

Smart homes for the smart grid

September 10, 2013 • Green Building, Net Zero Homes, Smart Homes, Sustainable Homes2510

by Gene Wang The grid has gotten smarter over the last few years, but it has not captured the imagination of mainstream consumers.  Why?  It’s because most people can’t figure out how the smart grid improves their daily lives.   For example, smart...

Earthships: The Amazingly Innovative Completely Off-Grid Home

September 10, 2013 • Green Building, Innovative Homes, Living Off The Grid, slider, Sustainable Homes3668

August 16, 2013 by Joe Martino     Earthships! If you haven’t heard of them, this will be a pleasant surprise. It all started the first time I was traveling across Canada. We were driving in a purple minivan with Collective Evolution decals on the...

What is Green Building?

September 10, 2013 • Green Building2603

What is Green Building? Green building practices offer an opportunity to create environmentally sound and resource-efficient buildings by using an integrated approach to design. Green buildings promote resource conservation, including energy efficiency,...

8 Benefits of Green Buildings

September 9, 2013 • Green Building, slider, Sustainable Homes2177

Investing in green buildings reaps big rewards now and for years to come By Marc Lallanilla, About.com Guide Green buildings are more than a fashion statement. Many architects, builders and clients agree that smart, sustainable buildings are becoming a...