The Advantages of a Net-Zero Energy Home

Net-zero energy homes are becoming increasingly popular in the housing market lately, which is unsurprising with all of the green benefits they pose. Save the environment while simultaneously saving money Living in a net-zero energy home will help our currently crippling ecosystem. These structures will drastically reduce your greenhouse gas emissions and use renewable energy… Read more »

California Making Green Strides towards Net-Zero with Solar Panels

As we know, California has always been at the forefront of green energy. Our emission limits are now national industry standards, and innovation on the local level is often adopted by cities and municipalities everywhere. Perhaps nowhere is this momentum more apparent than in Sonoma County, where net-zero energy home construction is quickly becoming the… Read more »

California Home to Five of the Top Green Buildings in 2018 COTE Awards

This year’s recipients of the COTE Top Ten Awards were finally announced and five of the ten top sustainable projects are located in California. The American Institute of Architecture and Committee on the Environment evaluate the social, economic, and ecological value of each structure to determine the top buildings that excel in design and performance…. Read more »

Growing Trends in Modern Sustainable Construction

Sustainable construction practices are on the rise amid both the residential and commercial sectors and are rapidly surpassing conventional construction methods. Ecologically conscious consumers primarily fuel the demand, with statistics citing construction-related industries are major US polluters that are culpable for: 23 percent of air pollution, 40 percent of water pollution and 50 percent of… Read more »

Chico State University to Break Ground on Sustainable Science Building

After more than 10 years of planning, Chico State University will begin construction of the $101 million green facility this summer. This new physical sciences building will be 110,200 square-feet, housing chemistry, physics, science education labs, outdoor classrooms, and more. The green building initiative was important to the campus and their commitment to climate change…. Read more »

Study Shows that Green Building Produces Health and Climate Benefits

A recent study conducted by Harvard University experts, examined a set of green-certified buildings in 6 countries, the U.S. included, over the past 16 years. The result: $6 billion in health and climate benefits. The study, also known as HEALTHfx, shows that the two areas benefiting, health and climate, correlate and work together to cut… Read more »

The Benefits of HERS Testing in a New Home

When it comes to the rapidly increasing energy costs in America, it’s important to understand how energy efficient your home is. A HERS test will help you decrease your energy costs and increase your energy savings, putting money back where it belongs: in your wallet! What is a HERS test? HERS stands for Home Energy… Read more »

Budweiser Transitions US Breweries to Renewable Energy

Thinking about picking up a six pack on your way home from work? Soon, you may notice a new “100 percent renewable electricity” label on the cans of Budweiser at your local supermarket. Recently, the company announced that it all of its US brewing facilities are now being powered exclusively by renewable energy sources. Last… Read more »

Harnessing the Power of the Ocean to Generate Renewable Energy

When you hear the term “renewable energy,” the first things that come to mind are probably wind farms and solar panels. Both solar and wind energy generation have undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, but they’re far from the only forms of renewable energy that could be available in the future. Now that… Read more »

Scientists Develop Thermal Battery to Capture the Sun’s Heat

Photovoltaic panels have allowed us to convert the sun’s energy into electricity, but what about those times when you just need heat from the sun, rather than electricity? Let’s say you want to heat your home with solar energy, for example. You could convert it into electricity to power a furnace, or you could simply… Read more »