Net Zero Energy

Net-Zero Energy Blok-By-Blok: Lower Emissions & Costs With Net-Zero Energy Modules

A new report from Blokable, the Wells Fargo Innovation Incubator (IN2), and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) details actionable pathways to developing and building net zero energy (NZE) housing without increasing costs yet still reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. IN2 is managed by NREL’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. The newly … [continued]

Landscape Architects Argue That Sustainable Design Results In Net-Zero Homes

Landscape architects and clean tech? Sounds like the old nature-versus-society conundrum, doesn’t it? Well, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) says that homeowners can implement cutting-edge methods so that residential landscapes support the environment — no matter the location or property size. And the ASLA is backing up its argument with a series of free online sustainable design guides to help spread understanding about sustainable and resilient residential practices.

How A Tiny Iowa Town Is Embracing Energy Independence

Originally published on RMI Outlet. By David Labrador In late March 2015, RMI hosted the second annual eLab Accelerator. Described as a bootcamp for electricity innovation, the four-day intensive work session brought together 12 teams from across the country—from New Mexico to Alaska and California to New Jersey—working on new … [continued]

Cal Poly’s Solar Decathlon 2015 INhouse Invites the Outdoors In (VIDEO)

Originally published on 1Sun4All. The most interesting feature of INhouse, California Polytechnic State University team’s project for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015, might be the covered deck that shares space with the living room. The team used two-sided solar panels (more information below) to cover the outdoor area. A large window wall opens between the two rooms, creating … [continued]

Historic Buildings Going Solar

Originally published on Solar Love. Can solar and historic buildings work together? The answer is a resounding “Yes!” Here are two examples. Modus Engineering, Des Moines, Iowa Modus Engineering of Des Moines has built its reputation on designing energy-efficient buildings, many of which qualify for LEED (Leadership in Energy & … [continued]