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How This New Canaan, Connecticut Dream Home Earned its LEED Platinum Certification

LEED for Homes certification involves earning points in the eight categories listed below for a wide variety of green features. Here’s a breakdown of how the Kantor home earned sufficient points for its LEED for Homes Platinum certification. Innovation and Design • Integrated Project Planning – The owners began the project by selecting a team [...]

By |2019-01-25T13:30:02+00:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Articles by Mike Trolle, BPC Principal|

13 Best Practices for Zero Net Energy Buildings

by Marc Rosenbaum The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association With ZNEBs becoming more common in NESEA country, we can begin to codify the strategies they share. A zero net energy building is one that uses no more energy annually than its renewable energy system generates. It imports energy when site resources are insufficient, and it exports [...]

By |2019-01-24T15:10:49+00:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

Healthier Indoor Air, Making Every Breath Fresh and Filtered

By Cheryl Crabb The Hartford Courant, August 11, 2002 After months of renovation, Stacy Prince expects to breathe a lot easier once she and her family move back into their Westport home later this month. From the outside, the Prince's saltbox colonial will blend in easily with other houses on their street. One key [...]

By |2019-01-24T10:13:43+00:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Articles about BPC|

Former Governor Martin O’Malley on the Opportunities of Climate Change – Video

Climate Change Challenges are also Opportunities. Former Governor of Maryland, Martin O’Malley believes we can use climate change as an opportunity to move towards the goal of our nation and economy being fueled by 100% clean renewable energy. And he believes we already have the technology and expertise to achieve this goal. [...]

By |2018-11-15T15:16:09+00:00November 8th, 2018|Categories: Environment & Health, Videos|

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 |2018-08-21T15:38:46+00:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

How Propane Homes can be Zero Energy Ready

  How Propane Homes can be Zero Energy Ready Build with Propane, News: By Hallie Busta    April 20, 2018 Chris Trolle was interviewed for an article in the Build with Propane website's news article section about a Zero Energy Ready Home and LEED Platinum project BPC built in New Fairfield, Connecticut in 2012. The home uses [...]

By |2018-08-30T15:15:58+00:00April 25th, 2018|Categories: Articles about BPC|

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 [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:14:05+00:00January 15th, 2018|Categories: News from BPC|

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 |2018-08-30T14:03:12+00:00December 15th, 2017|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|