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On the Path to Net Zero
HIGH-PERFORMANCE HOUSING is no longer limited to just a few homes here and there. Enter the high-performance housing development market, in which entire communities are built as efficiently as possible. These master-planned communities are engineered for efficiency and high-performance from the ground up. This shift from the solo to the communal is driven by a variety of...
Oct 14, 2016 11:00 AM ET
Andersen Partners with Yellowstone National Park to Push Past Net Zero
Of all the benefits millions of visitors experience at our National Parks, the living lesson of our symbiotic relationship with the planet is perhaps the most significant. Yellowstone National Park, as part of its vision to become the world’s greenest national park, is now tackling a new challenge to educate, engage and lead by example: seeking ...
Sep 29, 2016 11:00 AM ET
Green Builder Media's September/October 2016 Digital Issue is Now Available
Testing Tradition This year's building science issue takes a closer look at envelopes, insulation and multi-zone heating and cooling. Learn which products and assembly details most impact overall energy performance. Here's a sample of what's inside: "We cannot go down the path of having homes that use very little energy, but are not...
Sep 28, 2016 11:00 AM ET
Pros and Cons of Earthen Masonry Heating Systems
For the past decade, I've been focused on sustainable heating in the home. Average North American households use 30-70% of energy for heating and cooling. This is a direct cost of maintaining our lifestyles, both in dollars spent and impacts on communities and global resources. In this context, the “greenest” way to heat and cool a home would be: - Life-on-earth friendly: healthy...
Aug 9, 2016 11:00 AM ET
Carbon Smart Straw Bale Structural Insulated Panels
GREEN BUILDERS WHO ARE motivated to reduce carbon emissions tend to focus on increasing energy efficiency to reduce the overall carbon emissions of a building over its lifespan. This is certainly a worthy goal, but in its pursuit, we often use materials that actually contribute to greater immediate carbon emissions. The conventional mantra has been that these up-front...
Jul 13, 2016 9:45 AM ET