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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 (0)3733

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 Homes2382

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...

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 Homes8256

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 Homes3772

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 Homes2360

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 Homes3401

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...

8 Benefits of Green Buildings

September 9, 2013 • Green Building, slider, Sustainable Homes1773

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...

10 Sustainable Buildings

September 9, 2013 • Sustainable Homes2671

By Jane McGrath Green building. You’ve heard the words, but what do­ they mean? Green building is a trend in the architecture field to build structures that are water and energy efficient out ­of environmentally friendly materials. Manuel Cadrecha, a...