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California Assembly

California Lawmaker: New Homes To Be Zero Energy After 2020

Posted on April 14, 2009 by Richard Defendorf

Assemblywoman Lori Saldana has introduced a bill that would require new homes built after 2020 to be net producers of energy

They may tap into solar power systems, wind turbines, or, perhaps, ground-source heating and cooling systems. Or they may use a combination of those technologies. But in some form or fashion, California Assemblywoman Lori Saldana says, new homes being built a decade or so from now should be zero-energy dwellings.

Climate Smart

Boulder County’s Renewable-Energy Loan Program Takes Off

Posted on April 13, 2009 by Richard Defendorf

The deadline recently passed for Boulder County property owners to apply for ClimateSmart loans, which they can use to pay for renewable-energy improvements. Early indications are that the program is going to be a success

Last month, design expert and GBA contributor Annette Stelmack provided us with a compelling and thoroughgoing overview of the ClimateSmart Loan Program administered by Boulder County, Colorado.

Solar Roof

More States Pushing Builders to Add Solar to Their Options Lists

Posted on April 13, 2009 by Richard Defendorf

Lawmakers in several states have approved or proposed bills requiring builders to offer solar power among their upgrade options

If certain state lawmakers have their way, it might not be long before “solar power system” is just another, routinely listed item on homebuilders’ menus of upgrade options, right along with high-end finishes, expanded garages, and premium fixtures.

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Get a Green Grip on Stimulus Cash

Posted on April 10, 2009 by Richard Defendorf

What online resources are available to remodelers and builders who want to participate in energy efficiency programs funded by the stimulus package?
We identify a few sites that offer program details and contacts. We also highlight some of the challenges facing agencies charged with managing newly expanded budgets.


Syracuse University’s $2 Million Air Barrier Study

Posted on April 9, 2009 by Richard Defendorf

SU and several partners will test a variety of air barrier panels using a specially designed two-story “house” wired to monitor each panel’s performance during the four seasons

Syracuse University announced this week that it and several partners are about to launch a three-year, $2 million study of air barrier systems at a campus laboratory specially designed to analyze and control unintended air flow between outdoors and indoors.

National Green Building Standard

NAHB Green Expands to Whole-Community Certification

Posted on April 9, 2009 by Richard Defendorf

Approved by ANSI less than three months ago, the National Green Building Standard is off to a quick start with its land development certification of a 60-acre parcel in Northwest Indiana

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Installers, Homeowners Bask in 1BOG’s Solar-Buying Collectives

Posted on April 8, 2009 by Richard Defendorf

1BOG helps homeowners use their collective buying power to win discounts on solar installations. It also helps installers expand their client base

Last weekend’s New York Times Magazine featured a story about 1BOG, a company that helps homeowners use their collective buying power to win discounts on solar installations.

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Business Focus for NAHB’s Green Building Conference

Posted on April 8, 2009 by Richard Defendorf

The 11th edition of the conference will feature sessions on the financial, legal, and technical aspects of green homebuilding

The National Green Building Conference, scheduled for May 8-11 in Dallas, will kick off with a tour highlighting the energy efficient features of six Dallas-area homes, then get down to the business and technical sides of green residential construction, the National Association of Home Builders said in a recent conference reminder.

Study Linking Autism to Vinyl Flooring Stokes Phthalate Debate

Posted on April 7, 2009 by Richard Defendorf

A study of the connections between allergies and indoor pollutants turns up a link between vinyl flooring and autism, prompting calls for more-specific research

In a Pro/Con GreenBuildingAdvisor forum published in January, two experts offered their opposing views on whether vinyl is green.

How to Sell Green Homes

Posted on April 7, 2009 by Rob Wotzak

A video tour shows just what buyers need to see to appreciate sustainability

It’s easy to showcase attractive trim packages, high-quality kitchen cabinets, and granite countertops, but how do you show off green features, such as tight envelope, good air quality, and water efficiency? These are the hidden things you don’t see in a finished home, and they're often hard for a customer to buy in to.

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