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Green Mountain Energy Sun Club Partners with Evelyn’s Park to Establish Community Space as Sustainable Leader

Sun Club® Donation to Help New Park in Bellaire Achieve “Net Zero” Energy Status for Park’s Daily Operations
Press Release

HOUSTON, March 29, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Evelyn’s Park, a new five-acre community green space in Bellaire, Texas, is set to become one of the most sustainable parks in the nation with a $313,500 grant from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club.

Second Annual Living Product Expo Opens Today in Pittsburgh

Provocative Conversation About Next Generation Product Manufacturing in the Heart of U.S. Steel Belt
Press Release

September 13, 2016 ​/3BL Media/ - Can we grow rather than manufacture materials? Why does a labor union care about green and regenerative manufacturing? How are 3D printing and the circular economy revolutionizing our currently industrial economy? These questions and other provocative topics are on the table at the second annual Living Product EXPO, hosted by the International Living Future Institute this week, in the heart of America’s steel belt, Pittsburgh. For more information, visit the /3BL Media/Can we grow rather than manufacture materials?

Energy Department Announces Denver as Next Location for Solar Decathlon Competition in 2017

The 2017 Decathlon promises to be the most sophisticated and timely yet.
Press Release

March 18, 2016 /3BL Media/ - At an event today in Denver, Colorado, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Under Secretary for Science and Energy, Dr. Franklin Orr, joined Mayor Michael Hancock to announce Denver as the host city for the next U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition in the fall of 2017.

Making Zero Energy Homes a Mainstream Option

Solar shingles and an attractive rebate program are making net-zero homes from Addison Homes appeal to buyers in this South Carolina market.

Addison Homes is committed to making zero energy a mainstream option, modeling a vision of sustainable construction that’s attractive, affordable and attainable for homeowners. Its 2,700­-square-­foot InVision Zero SC is not only the first zero­-energy home in Greenville, S.C., it is also the first area’s first Active House.

5-Part Webinar Series: Bring Net Positive Energy to Your Next Building Project


In 2015, the United States reached 21.3 gigawatts of total installed solar capacity, enough to power 4.3 million American homes. There are currently over 300 projects registered for the Living Building Challenge, and buildings like the Bullitt Center in Seattle, which achieved Full Living Building Certification in April, generated 60% more energy than it used in 2014. You can bring Net Positive Energy solutions to your next building project!

Geothermal Community Could Be a Game Changer

The 1,500-acre Badger Mountain development in Washington aims for zero net energy, thanks to high-performance Bosch geothermal systems.

YOU MAY HAVE HEARD OF solar leasing, a relatively new, effective way of introducing solar PV into the mainstream. Now the thermotechnology industry is using the same type of approach, something called thermal service providers, to sell thousands of new homeowners on geothermal heating and cooling.

The key, says Mark Stimson, business development manager for Bosch Thermotechnology, is taking the highest cost of geothermal loop off the table: excavating and drilling to install the ground loop.

Canadian and American Homebuilders Target Low HERS Scores in RESNET’s Cross Border Builder Challenge


Several top energy-efficient builders in the U.S. and Canada were honored through the second annual Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Cross Border Home Builder Challenge.

The competition helps promote the utilization of the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, a nationally-recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.

Helping California Make Zero Net Energy Buildings a Reality

Southern California Edison is studying the impact of energy neutral homes on its electrical distribution grid.

Dahlia loves her Zero Net Energy single-family home in Ontario, California, a building where the annual energy consumption is no greater than its annual renewable energy generation.

“All my friends want one now because I’ve been so happy,” said Dahlia, who asked that only her first name be used. “I tell them you can have one too, in 2020.”

How One TD Leader Made His Home Net Zero Energy

by Peter van Dijk, Senior Vice President, Finance, TD Bank group

If I'm honest it started as a joke. It was April Fool's Day, and with a straight face I said to the guy who had installed the 40 solar panels on the roof of my home in Oakville, Ontario, that I would now like to have a wind turbine installed. I thought I'd be greeted with a look that said, "This one's a bit of a nutter," but instead Mihai gave me the name of a company that specialized in home wind turbines.

Call For Entries: Green Builder Home of the Year Awards


In its seventh year, Green Builder® magazine is looking for the best green homes that include sustainable features, innovative design, whole home performance, and integration with the natural environment. Winners will receive coverage in the December 2014 print and digital issues of Green Builder magazine, as well as on


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