Green Home & Green Building Blog

Ridgefield “Net-Zero” House Powered Fully by the Sun

Ridgefield “Net-Zero” House Powered Fully by the Sun NewsTimes, Feburary 23, 2017 This article about a home built by BPC Green Builders and designed by Trillium Architects starts: "After nearly a year in their new home, the Ranades haven’t had to pay a nickel for the energy needed to run it. That’s because all [...]

By |2018-08-30T15:14:47+00:00February 28th, 2017|Categories: Articles about BPC|

Passive Housing Trend Gaining Momentum in Fairfield County

Passive Housing Trend Gaining Momentum in Fairfield County Westfair Online, October 2016 Energy-saving passive housing, something of a “bubbling under” trend to many, seems to be gathering momentum, including in Fairfield County where a pair of developers are rolling out the concept to both residential and commercial customers. (…) Read the full article on Westfair [...]

By |2018-09-05T15:38:45+00:00October 10th, 2016|Categories: Articles about BPC|

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 [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:25:20+00:00July 27th, 2016|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|Tags: , |

Modern Breed

Modern Breed Ridgefield Magazine, November/December 2015 This article is about a home BPC Green Builders built in Ridgefield, Connecticut begins: ““A HOUSE IS NOT JUST WHAT YOU WANT BUT WHAT THE SITE WANTS,” says architect Vincent Colangelo. That’s particularly true for the modern house he designed off Branchville Road. Finished in 2010, this stunning contemporary [...]

By |2018-09-11T13:28:30+00:00December 5th, 2015|Categories: Articles about BPC|

Why Isn’t Every Home Built Green? (part 2)

In last month’s column (part 1 can be found at The Home Monthly), I made the case for the importance of energy efficiency and sustainability in the construction of new homes and renovation of existing. I promised that in my next column I would suggest options for learning and training, whether you are a [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:44:17+00:00December 4th, 2015|Categories: Articles by Mike Trolle, BPC Principal|

Why Isn’t Every Home Built Green? (part 1)

The following excerpt is from an article by Mike Trolle that was originally posted in The Home Monthly in November, 2015. I don’t know, and I can’t figure it out. The importance of energy efficiency and sustainability are no longer debatable and are highly valued by home buyers, according to the NAHB (National Association of [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:41:30+00:00December 4th, 2015|Categories: Articles by Mike Trolle, BPC Principal|

A Personal Journey: Building My Own Passive House (part 11)

The rear exterior of my Passive House Those of you who have hung with me through this extended series of blogs now have a pretty good idea about how a highly energy efficient house is put together. You know that it’s not just lots of insulation between the framing members, it’s also [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:45:36+00:00October 29th, 2015|Categories: Articles by Mike Trolle, BPC Principal|Tags: , |

A Personal Journey: Building My Own Passive House (part 10)

This is an energy recovery ventilator which runs 24/7/365 to bring fresh air into the house while recovering the energy in the air to essentially pre-heat the fresh air. It uses about as much energy as a CFL light bulb. Because my heating requirements are so small, my house does not need a [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:46:55+00:00October 19th, 2015|Categories: Articles by Mike Trolle, BPC Principal|Tags: , , |

A Personal Journey: Building My Own Passive House (part 9)

In my previous blogs, I’ve written about how the foundation, walls, and roof of my house are built using familiar American construction materials; but they are framed, air-sealed, and insulated somewhat differently from conventional building practice to create a thermal envelope that requires much less energy to heat and cool than a typical new home [...]

By |2018-08-22T08:53:41+00:00October 13th, 2015|Categories: Articles by Mike Trolle, BPC Principal|Tags: , , |