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What is Passive Solar and How Does It Work?

Guest Author: Julie Scott With an increased focus on greener building and energy efficiency, the term “passive solar” is being used more and more. Not to be confused with solar panels, passive solar is the use of the natural environment in a way that optimizes the internal temperature of a home. Rather than relying [...]

Tips for Making Your Pool More Eco-Friendly

Guest Author: Jennifer Dawson, Writer for: PoolCareGuy Some people may argue that there is no such thing as an eco-friendly pool. As pool maintenance often requires the use of harmful chemicals, which contribute greenhouse gases to the ecosystem, many believe pools cannot be made “green” at all. But this simply isn’t the case. There are [...]

By |2018-05-18T12:01:12+00:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: guest author, Other|

BPC Clients Write E-book About Their BPC Net Zero Energy Home

Download it for free here BPC clients Karen and Cyril Cabral were so enthusiastic about their new Net Zero Energy Home by BPC that they wrote an e-book to share their experience and what they learned about high-performance energy-efficient homes during the process.  Most BPC clients find building their green home a learning experience. But [...]

Why Right-Sizing Your HVAC System is Best for Comfort, Energy Efficiency and Extending the Life of Your System

  Guest Author: Michelle West It’s understandable why some people would think that the bigger the heating or cooling system, the more comfortable you and your family would be. After all, bigger HVAC units are more powerful, and therefore more capable of providing the best possible heating and cooling, right? There are also people [...]

By |2018-06-14T11:28:44+00:00December 15th, 2017|Categories: Green Building Technology, guest author, Home Energy|

What Makes An HVAC System Last Longer

By Guest Author: Michelle West An HVAC system is expected to last 15 to 25 years. However, it is not uncommon for some HVAC units to last a lot less than that because of various factors. Everybody wants their HVAC system to last as long as it could. After all, an HVAC system is a [...]

By |2018-08-06T15:32:41+00:00December 12th, 2017|Categories: Green Building Design & Strategies, Green Building Technology, guest author|

Green Veggies Versus a Green Home

(originally published in The Home Monthly, January 2013) Everyone knows that green vegetables are good for you, but for most people veggies don’t top their lists of favorite foods.  So is a green home good for you in the same way, where you have to make compromises and put up with a second rate home?  [...]

By |2018-08-06T15:33:05+00:00June 25th, 2017|Categories: Articles By Mike Trolle, Green Homes - All, New Custom Green Homes|

Mike Offers Insights On Green Building

(originally published in The Home Monthly, December 2012) Imagine your future home. It has no central heating or cooling system but is incredibly comfortable, with no drafts or cold spots.  In fact, the temperature rarely changes by more than a degree or two from your desired setting year round.  A little wall-hung heat pump in [...]

By |2018-08-06T15:33:23+00:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: Articles By Mike Trolle, Green Homes - All|

How To Make Your Bathroom More Eco-Friendly

What do you think of when you hear “green home?” For most people, it’s energy efficiency. For others, it’s eco-friendly building materials. Unless you live in a severely drought-stressed area, water conservation is unlikely to be the first thing to come to mind. However, most people don’t realize how much energy is burned to deliver [...]