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Custom, Small, and Green in Fort Worth

Posted on March 05,2015 by Fretboard in Local

One of the biggest homebuilding attractions online recently has been a house that isn’t very big at all. Dubbed the Zero Energy Casita by its builder, Fort Worth, Texas-based Ferrier Custom Homes, this recently completed two-bedroom is only 1,051 sq. ft. and is designed to operate at net zero energy, or very near it.

Boulder County’s Modular, Low-Income Housing Experiment

Posted on March 05,2015 by Fretboard in low-income housing

Public housing in Colorado’s Boulder County not only took a green turn in 2009, it took a turn toward energy efficient modular construction.

Green Builder Coalition Honors Innovators in Four Categories

Posted on March 05,2015 by Fretboard in Canada

We’ve mentioned in previous posts the Canada-based Now House Project, which specializes in retrofitting older homes into net-zero energy dwellings and recently was among 12 winning entries in the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s EQuilibrium Sustainable Housing Demonstration Initiative, which is designed to generate interest in eco-friendly design among builders, developers, and the public.

Thinking About Net Zero Energy

Posted on March 05,2015 by user-756436 in near zero

UPDATED March 28, 2013

The average new home is so poorly built, it’s enough to make an environmentalist weep. Windows are routinely installed without any consideration of orientation. As a result, south windows fail to take full advantage of free solar heat during the winter, while west windows worsen summer overheating. Windows are often installed in unshaded walls, even in hot climates. In the absence of legal requirements for high-performance windows, builders regularly choose windows with appalling U-factors and solar heat gain coefficients (SHGCs).

Rice University’s Ze-Row Preview

Posted on March 05,2015 by Fretboard in near zero

The Solar Decathlon team from Texas offers a peek at its entry for the fall contest We’re still five months from the kickoff of the 2009 Solar Decathlon, which will run October 8-18 in Washington, D.C. But one of the 20 teams of university students selected to compete is offering the public a preview of its entry, an 800-square-foot structure called the Ze-Row House.

An NZEH in Surf City, an AltBuild Expo in Santa Monica

Posted on March 05,2015 by Fretboard in green rating

Southern California this weekend will play host to two events with green appeal for builders, designers, and consumers Huntington Beach, the Southern California town that markets itself as Surf City, has some impressive housing stock, which is one reason the Huntington Beach Educational Foundation’s Annual Home & Garden Tour, the foundation’s biggest fundraiser, has entered its eighth year.

Getting Right to the Point in a “Getting to Zero” Report

Posted on March 05,2015 by Fretboard in Massachusetts green building

Massachusetts builders and remodelers talk strategy for meeting a proposed net-zero home construction goal – and for striving toward net-zero in existing homes Last week we mentioned the challenges facing a “stretch” energy code amendment proposed by the Massachusetts Board of Building Regulations and Standards. The BBRS sought comments on the proposal until Tuesday, and will vote on it in the coming weeks.

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