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Announcing the 2017 – 2018 Better Buildings Webinar Series!

The monthly Better Buildings webinar series is back with fresh content on the issues that matter to you. The 2017-2018 season is based on feedback gathered from Better Buildings partners and affiliates, and features more industry experts and opportunities to explore the changing landscape of energy and water efficiency in the built environment.

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NH Saves Button Up Workshop Series Announced

New Hampshire: Button Up New Hampshire, the popular home energy savings workshop series, is returning to a community near you. These free workshops will take place throughout NH starting in September. The workshops are being sponsored by NHSaves and coordinated by the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI).

NHSaves is a collaboration […]

The 2017 Housing Innovation Awards

This Zero Energy Ready Home was assembled in one day, with the homeowners moving in three months later. The ZERH standards help Garden State Modular Homes provide efficiency and a more robust home that can stand up to humid and stormy conditions at the Jersey Shore. Photo courtesy of Garden State Modular Homes, LLC.

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Recycling Fiberglass Insulation

Machine used to shred fiberglass batts, so they would work well in machines used for blowing insulation. Courtesy photo.

 

By George Harvey

Jamie Myers, who operates J. Myers Builders in Lisbon, New Hampshire, has been interested in the environment and recycling for a long time. Years ago, he did research to […]

Designing Solar for High Density Areas

The Solar Settlement with the Sun Ship in the background: two PlusEnergy projects in Freiburg,Germany. Photo: Wikimedi.org

By Steven Winter Associates staff

Hear the term “solar energy” and you’re likely to think of vast fields of glistening panels and hillsides transformed into disco balls. Hear the term “solar energy” and you might picture suburban […]

The “Greenest Building” in Portland, Maine

Bayside Anchor apartments includes 167 rooftop solar panels to produce 70,000 kWh of clean electricity.Photo: Matthew Drost, courtesy of Avesta Housing.

By Barbara and Greg Whitchurch

It might very well be downtown Portland’s greenest building — especially the exterior, which is painted various shades of bright green. But what’s going on beneath […]

The Framework Building

Rendering of the Framework Building. Courtesy image: Lever Architecture.

By George Harvey

Officials in Portland Oregon have approved what will be the tallest wooden building in the United States. The Framework building will have eleven stories.

Michael Green, an architect in Vancouver who has been pushing wooden construction for years, explained […]

Sequestering Carbon in Buildings

Many locally-sourced wood and other fiber materials were used to build this high-performance home. Builder: New Frameworks. Photo credit: Studio SB Photography, 2016.

By Ace McArleton

“The built environment can switch from being a problem to being a solution.” Bruce King, The New Carbon Architecture (anticipated fall 2017).

Folks, let me introduce you to […]

Saving 79% in Existing Homes

Vermont’s Zero Energy Now Program

Vermont homeowners were offered a unique opportunity in 2016 to participate in a new program to save significant fossil fuels in existing homes, and the results are impressive; an average savings of 79% per home! This deep level of total energy savings was achieved through a comprehensive combination of home […]

Vermont Farm Cuts Fossil Fuel Use with Zero Energy Now

Zero Energy Now Participating Home in East Saint Johnsbury, Vermont

When the owners of a vegetable farm in East St. Johnsbury, Vt. wanted to reduce their use of fossil fuel, they turned to the Zero Energy Now program for help. Through Zero Energy Now they found a certified energy contractor (CEC) who put together […]