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Harvard’s HouseZero Sets a Precedent for the Future of Green Reconstruction

Harvard’s HouseZero Sets a Precedent for the Future of Green Reconstruction

Here’s How to Convert a Building Into an Energy-Efficient Predictive Piece of Architecture Harvard University’s on-campus council for all things green building is creating the most energy-efficient retrofit attempted so far. The Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities (CGBC) is collaborating with Snøhetta to convert its headquarters, a 1924 stick-built house in Cambridge, into

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Boulder Commons Raises the Bar for Sustainable Design

Boulder Commons Sets New Standard for Net-Zero Leases Just two miles from downtown Boulder, Colorado, a new net-zero energy (NZE) development is under construction: Boulder Commons. The project consists of two commercial buildings totaling roughly 100,000 square feet of professional office space and boasting a restaurant, coffee shop and community gathering flex space — all

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UMass Amherst Opens First Net-Zero Energy Building

UMass Amherst Celebrates Economics Department’s New, Net-Zero Crotty Hall UMass Amherst, March 22, 2017 The University of Massachusetts Amherst department of economics has opened Crotty Hall, anew 16,800-square-foot net-zero-energy building housing 35 offices and four conference rooms. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 22, Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy said the “stunningly beautiful” building advances the

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Concerns Over California’s Prospects to Reach Its 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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Net-Zero Energy School Opens in Maryland

MD’s first net-zero energy school opens its doors Construction Dive, January 5, 2017 Maryland school officials opened the first net-zero energy school in the state on Monday, according to The Baltimore Sun. In addition to energy-efficient elements like insulation, a geothermal heat pump and programmable lights, Wilde Lake Middle School in Columbia, MD, also includes 2,000

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

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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Builders are Committing to Net Zero Energy Homes

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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Precast Concrete Walls are Winning Awards for Energy Efficiency

Precast concrete walls are durable and energy efficient The Kansas City Star, July 15, 2016 Homeowners thinking outside the traditional wood-framed residential box are pouring on the creativity when building houses with precast concrete walls. Not only used in below-grade applications, concrete shows its durability and energy efficiency from the ground up in new home

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