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  • North America’s Largest Multi-Family Passive House

    REACH Community Development, an organization that provides affordable housing, has built North America’s largest multi-family passive house.  This an important example of the growth of energy-efficiency into the affordable market market.

    The house, called Orchards at Orenco, has 40 one-bedroom apartments and 17 two-bedroom apartments. It is built to the standards of Passive House Institute U.S. and does not require active heating and cooling systems to maintain its temperature. Some features of passive•••

  • 5 Green Links To Check Out This Weekend!

    You’ve definitely heard of ENERGY STAR, but here’s a new program called Tenant Star that’s been governmentally approved as part of the Energy Star Program.  The Tenant Star program aims to reward energy efficient choices within leased ENERGY STAR buildings.  Find out more here.

    2050 may seem like the distant future, but it’s around the corner with big goals in mind.  A new bill in NJ proposes that the state produce 80% of its•••

  • The Energy Department’s $8 Million Investment

    Nearly $8 million is being awarded to advance research and development of next-generation heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies by the US Energy Department.  This step aims to save money by saving energy, and decrease the use of chemicals that affect the global climate.

    According to, the selections announced are under two major topic areas:

    • Advanced vapor compression systems, which will use highly efficient versions of the technologies that currently drive HVAC systems, and will also use refrigerants•••

  • 5 Green Links To Check Out This Weekend!

    The Race To Zero Design Contest is a collegiate competition engaging university students in the creation of zero energy-ready homes.  As the second annual competition as come to a close, the DOE announced the winning teams this past week.  Read more HERE.

    Renewable energy has been making big waves, and it’s no longer about the hippie green idealists…  In fact, the economic shift towards a growing renewable energy market is backed by hard numbers.•••

  • Congress Passes Energy Efficiency Legislation

    Since 2011, Senators Rob Portman (R-Ohio) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire) have been working together on a broader measure of energy efficiency.  With bipartison support, they managed to author a bill working towards energy-saving legislation.

    Ms. Shaheen says, “On the bill’s merits – creating jobs, saving consumer money and reducing pollution – it was never a hard sell.  The tough part was convincing Washington not to play politics with a good idea.”

    Indeed, the bill works to•••

  • Event ALERT: Better Buildings Summit

    WHAT: This year, the Better Buildings Summit is expanding into new sectors and engaging a diverse set of market leaders. The Energy Department is bringing together over 800 partners and stakeholders in Washington D.C. to participate in two and a half days of sessions and meetings focused on the sharing of the most successful strategies for achieving energy savings through energy efficiency. With over 80 sessions focusing on sector-specific and•••

  • 5 Green Links To Check Out This Weekend!

    For companies who are struggling to pay for energy efficiency, could secondary markets be a solution?  According to GreenBiz, some investors are anticipating this potential shift.  Find out more here.

    15 years into the future could be dramatically different from our world today.  In fact, it seems that China’s low-carbon electricity may surpass that of the US!  Explore the possibility here.

    Solar power may be a prevalent source of renewable energy, but it•••

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