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Tips for Building a Net Zero House

Tips for Building a Net Zero House

In this video we identify what it means to build a Net Zero house, and some of the best practices for building Net Zero houses, using one of our own projects as an example. The house we review will generate enough electricity with its Solar Array to have a Zero sum electric bill for the course of the entire year. (Some months the bill will be negative, some months they will have to pay, but overall if you sum the 12 months of the year it will be $0.) Learn more by watching the video below!

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A Simple Guideline to Drip Irrigation Installation

A Simple Guideline to Drip Irrigation Installation

  It is estimated that less than 21% of the earth's surface is filled with fresh water. These statistics show that water is becoming a more scarce resource as the days go by and hence the need to...

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Ultimate Electric Hot Water Setup

Ultimate Electric Hot Water Setup

Gas has been the traditional king of hot water in the US. With the advent of the Heat Pump water heater I think that tide will change. Here's how I'm solving the capacity issue...

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Guide to Roof Construction and Inspection

Guide to Roof Construction and Inspection

  Roof repair or replacement is inevitable for any home owner. It is important to beware of the costs and challenges involved when it comes to repairing or replacing roofs. This post seeks to...

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Daltile Sponsors Sunset Green Home Project

Daltile Sponsors Sunset Green Home Project

The Sunset Green Home is a project that is not only rebuilding a home essentially destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 but is doing so with LEED Platinum credentials. Making a 70-year-old home meet...

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Straw-Bale Bedroom

Straw-Bale Bedroom

A storage wall in a straw bale house.

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DIY Greenhouse Watering System

DIY Greenhouse Watering System

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Greenhouses are a great way to enjoy the fruits of harvest all year long. Not only that, but they dramatically improve the conditions needed to grow plants while keeping them protected from the...

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A special courtyard- with a specific purpose.

A special courtyard- with a specific purpose.

A nurturing space was created for visually impaired students and their guide dogs.

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Going Green with Your Appliances

Going Green with Your Appliances

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With significant increases in both environmental awareness and fuel bills over the recent years, there's been much written about the changes we can make to our homes and habits to save money and...

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How to Convert a Generator to Bio Diesel

How to Convert a Generator to Bio Diesel

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  If you are interested in learning how to convert a diesel generator to biodiesel, the good news is that diesel engines are already designed with the ability to accept fuels that are biodiesel...

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Small Home, Big Green Features

Small Home, Big Green Features

Small Home, Big Green Features This beautiful new home in Troutman, NC packs a punch in just 2,500 square feet. The homeowners hired custom homebuilder 4G Design Build to build a home that included...

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Anatomy of a Net-Zero Home

Anatomy of a Net-Zero Home

Here are the construction details that New Town Builders uses to build net-zero-ready homes

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CEO Charts His Companys Path to Net-Zero Homes

CEO Charts His Company's Path to Net-Zero Homes

Two years running Gene Myers has guided his Denver-based home building company to DOE's grand award for housing innovation. What's his secret?

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Modern With a View

Modern With a View

Stunning private residence with a view of the Columbia Gorge

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Harpoon House

Harpoon House

A small house with just enough space

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Solar In the City

Solar In the City

A renovated Victorian becomes a self sustaining Zero energy home.

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Bragg Hill Residence

Bragg Hill Residence

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Beginning with a goal of creating direct connection to the site, Bragg Hill was designed to celebrate the landscape, while seamlessly incorporating sustainability.

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How Quiet is a Mitsubishi VRF AC Compressor?

How Quiet is a Mitsubishi VRF AC Compressor?

Has a noisy AC Compressor outside a bedroom window ever bothered you? Mitsubishi claims to make the quietest AC Compressor on the market. Let's test and see if their claim is true!

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Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks

Self-Taught MBA: An App to Eliminate Callbacks

By putting installation information at your fingertips, the new app by Construction Instruction helps you get the job done right the first time.

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Joe Lstibureks Perfect Wall explained - The 500 Year House

Joe Lstiburek's "Perfect Wall" explained - The 500 Year House

I'm a huge fan of Building Science teacher Joe Lstiburek and I'm finally building my first house with his "Perfect Wall" concept. Join me as I explain this theory for extreme durability and efficiency (and show off a house I'm building in Austin).

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