Program Implementation, Programs & Policy

Concerns Over California’s Prospects to Reach Its Zero Net Energy Goal

11 Jan , 2017  

Zero Net Energy Goal

Valerie Eacret, ERS, for Zondits A number of leaders of industry associations and the NRDC together penned a letter to the Commissioners of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) to voice their concerns over California’s prospects of meeting its Zero Net Energy (ZNE) goal for new homes by 2020. […]

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Building Technology, Whole Building

Ask the Expert: What’s the Difference Between Net-Zero and Carbon-Neutral?

21 Dec , 2016  

Ask the Expert: What’s the difference between “net-zero” and “carbon-neutral” in relation to buildings and efficiency? Ryan Pollin, ERS, for Zondits There are many different but nearly synonymous terms for buildings, campuses, and communities going in the general direction of net zero. Per the Department of Energy, the best term is a zero energy building (ZEB). This is […]

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Building Technology, Whole Building

Builders are Committing to Net Zero Energy Homes

30 Nov , 2016  

HOW BUILDERS ARE MEETING THE CALL FOR NET ZERO ENERGY HOMES Builder, November 9, 2016 With energy codes becoming more stringent in many states, Myers and Thrive are at the vanguard of a growing group of regional and national production builders who are building highly efficient, zero energy ready homes—meaning they’re wired for photovoltaic panels, […]

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Building Technology, Whole Building

A Zero Energy Renovation and Transforms an Energy Guzzling Home

11 Aug , 2016  

Arkansas zero energy renovation

Revell Retrofit Northhampton, MA Zero Energy Project Case Study This renovation transformed this building from an energy guzzler to a resilient and healthy spacious 2-family, designed to use less energy than it produces. Careful planning resulted in high efficiency of the building envelop, of the heating, cooling and ventilation systems. The solar panels provide the […]

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Building Technology, Whole Building

Habitat for Humanity Builds Zero Energy Ready Homes

15 Jun , 2016  

HouseZero Mortgage rates Green Homes residential construction zero energy ready homes

Habitat for Humanity gains recognition for its homes Hickory Record, June 4, 2016 Two Habitat for Humanity homes in Catawba County have been recognized for their energy efficiency by the U.S. Department of Energy. The two homes in the Northstone community off Falling Creek Road were certified as Zero Energy Ready Homes in May, the […]

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Codes & Standards, Programs & Policy

Methodologies to Improve Commercial Building Code Compliance

11 Feb , 2016  

building code

Presented at the AESP 26th National Conference on February 3, 2016 Ari Michelson, Brian McCowan, Frances Chase, ERS Building energy codes in the U.S. have come a long way in the past three decades, increasing in complexity along the way. This is especially true for the commercial building sector, where codes have rapidly transitioned from […]

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Efficiency in Action, Markets & Business

Hampshire College Goes Net Zero

24 Jan , 2016  

Hampshire College

Lisa Markowski for Zondits, January 24, 2016. Image credit: Earth Dispatch Hampshire College, a liberal arts school known for its innovative learning structure, is on to something else interesting. Its new campus center building has been designed with net zero energy (NZE) heating, cooling, water gathering, and self-sustained wastewater treatment systems that are expected to […]

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