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Virtual Tour Prickly Pear Zero Energy GreenStar Platinum

Started Mar 8 0 Replies

Join us as we take a before the drywall and final tour of the completed Purcell Residence. A home inFennville Michigan that is certified GreenStar Platinum, Zero Energy Capable and ZeroStep Gold for…Continue

Tags: ZeroStep, GreenStar, Energy, Zero, Purcell

Deer Haven Tour: Architect's residence goes LEED zero energy ready with warm modernism design

Started Nov 12, 2018 0 Replies

Join Evan behind the scenes for a tour of his personal residence that he designed to LEED (pending Platinum) & Zero Energy Ready Standards. A labor of love with a warm modernism feel that was…Continue

Tags: LEED, Energy, Zero, Zero, Net

Do ductless systems do better on the HERS?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rob Salcido Nov 19, 2018. 11 Replies

Hi, all There has been renewed interest in this conversation …Continue

Tags: HERS, Minisplits, Ductless

Tour 2 IL New Built Homes - 1 LEED Silver - 1 Zero Energy Ready

Started Oct 18, 2018 0 Replies

During the IL Green Built Home Tour, we looked at 2 homes right down the road from each other to check out…Continue

Tags: Energy, Zero, DOE, Silver, LEED

 

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How to Make Money by Cutting Your Home's Carbon Footprint, Heating Bill, and Electricity Bill to Zero - Free CE Webinar at Webinar Online

June 12, 2019 from 12pm to 1:15pm
How to make money by cutting your home's carbon footprint, heating bill and electricity bill to zero. Presented by someone who has done it on his own house.  There is no required background knowledge. Mr. Green avoids technical terms and attempts to make both the technology and finance simple to understand. The presentation is based on Mr. Green's book, "Zero Carbon Home". The target audience is both homeowners interested in cutting their bills and carbon footprint and installers who want to…See More
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What to know about the International Green Construction Code (IGCC) at Webinar Online

June 5, 2019 from 12pm to 1:15pm
Ever wonder how sustainable codes, standards, and programs can work together? Aren't they competing with each other for their share of the building? This session will demonstrate how these sustainable designs and construction provisions work together. Attendees will identify how these are usable, enforceable, and adoptable by jurisdictions with their sustainability plans. Continuing Education Units (CEUS) 1 hour inGreen Building Certificate Institute (GBCI)Building Performance Institute (BPI)…See More
May 2
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Basics of HVAC sizing and low load homes - Free CE Webinar at Webinar Online

May 22, 2019 from 12pm to 1:15pm
With new energy codes, green building certifications and just doing what’s right it’s important to ensure proper sized HVAC.   Residential buildings with these low loads need much smaller equipment, and explicit instructions on the interactive HVAC design process (i.e., load calculations, duct design, equipment selection, grille/register selection and placement, zoning, dehumidification, etc.).  Join us for this free event to learn more and go over other details about rightsizing…See More
Apr 29
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Presentation on the ongoing Electrification Futures Study (EFS) at Webinar Online

April 24, 2019 from 12pm to 1:15pm
DescriptionPresentation on the ongoing Electrification Futures Study (EFS). Through the EFS, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory is exploring the impacts of widespread electrification in all U.S. economic sectors.In this multi-year study, NREL and its research partners—Electric Power Research Institute, Evolved Energy Research, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Northern Arizona University, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory—are using multiple analytic tools and models to develop and…See More
Apr 3
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Whole House Water Ratings Using HERS H2O at Webinar Online

April 15, 2019 from 12pm to 1:15pm
HERS H2O has been more than three years in the making. In February of 2018, the first version of HERS H2O was approved by the RESNET Board. It builds off of RESNET’s widely used HERS Index to provide a new system for rating whole house water efficiency. Water resources are becoming increasingly strained in many parts of the country and water prices are increasing faster than energy prices. HERS H2O will provide homeowners with a simple way to compare the water efficiency of homes they are…See More
Apr 1
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How to use the Home Water Score - Free CE Webinar at Webinar Online

March 20, 2019 from 12pm to 1:15pm
The home water score (v1) is here and can be used now to make more informed and strategic decisions when planning renovations or new construction projects of residential use buildings of water reductions. Bonus - you can pick up water points via the new performance pathway in GreenStar Homes using the Home Water Score.  Join us for this free event to learn more. You may want to watch these courses before or after this one - …See More
Mar 18
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How to use the Home Water Score - Free CE Webinar at Where you are! (Online)

March 20, 2019 from 12pm to 1pm
The home water score (v1) is here and can be used now to make more informed and strategic decisions when planning renovations or new construction projects of residential use buildings of water reductions. Bonus - you can pick up water points via the new performance pathway in GreenStar Homes using the Home Water Score.  Join us for this free event to learn more. You may want to watch these courses before or after this one - …See More
Mar 17
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How to use the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction Program! - Free CE Webinar at Webinar Online

March 27, 2019 from 12pm to 1:15pm
DescriptionUntil now, multifamily new construction projects seeking ENERGY STAR certification have had to either participate in the Certified Homes program or the Multifamily High Rise program. To better serve the multifamily sector, EPA developed the ENERGY STAR Multifamily New Construction (MFNC) program, which serves all multifamily buildings and is available for use now. The program features technical requirements from the Certified Homes and MFHR programs, allows three options to achieving…See More
Mar 14
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Innovation in Frost Protected Shallow Foundations - Free CE Webinar at Webinar Online

April 10, 2019 from 12pm to 1:15pm
Traditionally, monolithic concrete forms are made of lumber. After the concrete has been poured, the lumber forms must be stripped from the concrete. The footer and the slab must then be insulated for frost protection. This course details how a frost-protected shallow foundation (FPSF) is constructed and introduces a new, innovative, stay-in-place EPS (expanded polystyrene) footing form that provides insulation and simplifies the installation of frost-protected monolithic concrete slab…See More
Mar 11
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Virtual Tour Prickly Pear Zero Energy GreenStar Platinum

Join us as we take a before the drywall and final tour of the completed Purcell Residence. A home inFennville Michigan that is certified GreenStar Platinum, Zero Energy Capable and ZeroStep Gold for maximum accessibility.How did they do it?Make sure to watch pt1 and pt 2CEUS available this series. .5 hoursAIA(HSW)GBCIBPI NonWholeHouseAIBDCGHPCGP*…See More
Mar 8
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Smart Ventilation and Smart Air Distribution - Free CE Webinar at Webinar Online

March 12, 2019 from 2pm to 3:15pm
The webinar compares air quality and energy efficiency of a smart ventilation system to a high-performance HRV (90%) system that follows ASHRAE 62.2 ventilation standards in a modern IRC (International Residential Code) home (ACH50=3) and a high-performance home (ACH50=0.6). Smart ventilation saves energy while maintaining excellent air quality in challenging winter weather conditions. Smart air distribution is ensuring effective use of fresh air. Air quality in homes is dynamic and changes…See More
Feb 28
Jim Gunshinan commented on Brett Little's blog post All electric, pv/battery powered home goes LEED Platinum in Evanston IL! What did they do?
"Hi Brett, Great project! Any energy/water use, comfort data available yet?"
Feb 28
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All electric, pv/battery powered home goes LEED Platinum in Evanston IL! What did they do?

Give a summary of the projectThis LEED Platinum home is all-electric, set up for aging in-place as well as having a minimal environmental footprint, and is located in a great walkable community. It is situated on the owner’s original double lot. The two existing 1950’s era homes were carefully deconstructed for material recycling. Reclaimed materials from many local…See More
Feb 28
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Intro to Using Buildings as a Battery - Free CE Webinar at Webinar Online

March 6, 2019 from 12pm to 1:15pm
This session reveals simple and instantly rewarding initiatives for Passive House construction and investments that can be implemented using basic off-the-shelf products and HVAC equipment. Position your company for new developments with resilient, Smart City ready low energy or net zero/intelligent buildings critical in attaining enhanced market appeal and competitive advantage.This presentation will deliver the most up-to-the-minute status and outlook on how supercharged Building as a Battery…See More
Feb 26
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All electric, pv/battery powered home goes LEED Platinum in Evanston IL! What did they do?

Give a summary of the projectThis LEED Platinum home is all-electric, set up for aging in-place as well as having a minimal environmental footprint, and is located in a great walkable community. It is situated on the owner’s original double lot. The two existing 1950’s era homes were carefully deconstructed for material recycling. Reclaimed materials from many local…See More
Feb 25
Brett Little replied to Jerry Needham's discussion 70 unit building rehab
"Agreed. Sample a few units.  Use the GreenHome Inspection checklist https://greenhomeinstitute.org/greenstar-remodeling-inspection-checklist/ Then work up some draft HERS ratings of some different units on each floor. Corner, center and…"
Feb 25

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All electric, pv/battery powered home goes LEED Platinum in Evanston IL! What did they do?

Posted on February 25, 2019 at 11:32am 1 Comment

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This LEED Platinum home is all-electric, set up for aging in-place as well as having a minimal environmental footprint, and is…
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126 Unit Apt Complex East Lansing goes LEED Gold - How?

Posted on June 23, 2014 at 11:08am 0 Comments

The 126 apartments that were renovated for this project were made possible by the Hometown Housing Partnership (HHP) of East Lansing.  HHP is a nonprofit that has been providing access to affordable housing for over 20 years, and was formerly known as East Lansing Housing and Neighborhood services.  In…

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Despite record breaking cold winter our MI GreenStar Certified home saved 50% Energy!

Posted on May 31, 2014 at 8:30pm 14 Comments

Despite the extreme record breaking cold this winter, we still saved nearly 50% energy compared to the home prior to the remodel and about the same compared to conventional homes in West Michigan.…
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