• June


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    Zehnder America, Inc. is Recognized for its Cutting-edge Residential Heat

    Zehnder America announces that it has completed the 3rd party testing of the Zehnder ComfoAir 350 HRV and has joined the Home Ventilating Institute (http://www.hvi.org) who is making these test results public. This breakthrough is the confirmation that Zehnder America is leading the way of the next generation of Heat and Energy Recovery Ventilation Systems in North America. Zehnder’s ComfoAir 350HRV with its counter flow heat-exchanger recovers over 90% of the room temperature. As a result, during a cold winter day, the incoming fresh air into the ho

    • September


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    Sheep Wool Insulation Comes To America

    Image credit Oregon Shepherd It is common in New Zealand and a luxury in the UK, but now sheep wool insulation has come to America, via Oregon Shepherd. There is a lot to love about this stuff; “This all-natural and inherently fire-retardant material is non-toxic, resists mold growth, is vermin resistant and is acoustically superior.” After all, sheep know a thing or two about keeping warm

    • December


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    First Residential Solar Powered Air Conditioner Coming To US Market

    11% of electricity in America is used for air conditioning, a lot of it in hot, sunny locations. That’s why we have followed the development of affordable solar powered air conditioning; it just makes so much sense and would save so much energy, often the dirtiest peak load stuff.

    I have been following these red herrings for a few years now. Maybe this will work. It will be a perfect addition to the Off The Grid ISBU hosing we are working on.

    • October


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    America’s Oldest & Michigan’s First Net Zero Energy Home

    The home this week, fitted with solar panels. All photos via Matt Grocoff/ Greenovation TV If you want a super, energy-efficient home, you have to build new, right? Not necessarily.

    • June


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    2011 Electric Cars in the USA: Here’s the Lineup

    Recently, there have been great strides in not only diesel and hybrid cars, but also in electric cars. A few electric cars that we’ve seen manufactured have really put a heavy emphasis on performance, which is a nice change of pace from older cars we’ve seen that were known as “low speed.” You know, the ones you aren’t even allowed to drive on roads with a speed limit higher than 35 mph!

    • March


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    EPA Ranks U.S. Cities with the Most Energy-efficient Buildings

    The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has released a list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of energy-efficient buildings that earned EPA’s Energy Star in 2009. The list is headed by Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; Denver; Chicago; Houston; Lakeland, Fla.; Dallas-Fort Worth; Atlanta; and New York. Energy efficiency saves building owners money and fights climate change.

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Costs of Custom Homes

The first thing most people want to know is: What does it costs to build a 3000 sqft custom home in the Atlanta, GA. market?  The first thing you have to calculate is the square footage you want.  Once you have that, the numbers below give you a good starting point.

Adjusted Square Foot Calculation:

New Construction: