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BPC Green Builders Win’s 2019 Top Green Business Award from TownVibe Media

On March 12, 2019, BPC Green Builders was honored for significantly incorporating green practices into their culture and operations at TownVibe's Sixth Annual Green Awards' ceremony in Ridgefield, CT. Since 1998, BPC has always built green homes that meet or exceed industry-recognized green building standards. Many of BPC's custom homes are [...]

By |2019-07-02T15:31:19-04:00March 12th, 2019|Categories: News from BPC|

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 |2019-01-25T13:30:02-04:00January 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 |2019-01-24T15:10:49-04:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

Is Green Building Too Expensive?

By Kevin Ireton Editor, Fine Homebuilding Originally posted April 16, 2008 My wife and I decided not to have children. We just couldn’t make the numbers work. From prenatal care through college tuition, we were looking at half a million dollars. Minimum. And it would be 25 years before that investment would even begin to [...]

By |2019-03-27T17:52:28-04:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Articles about BPC|

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 |2019-01-24T10:13:43-04:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Articles about BPC|

BPC Home Featured on Fine Homebuilding Website

The Taft School Faculty Home built by BPC Green Builders in 2014 was recently the subject of a detailed article on Fine Homebuilding's website written by Kiley Jacques. The article starts off: Four years after its completion, the internationally recognized Taft House remains a leading-edge example of building science success.     The team [...]

By |2019-04-18T16:34:58-04:00January 20th, 2019|Categories: Articles about BPC, News from BPC|

PBS Newshour Video: How Climate Change is Loading the Dice for More Perilous Hurricanes

As yet another large hurricane takes aim on the US, the part climate change is playing in intensifying our weather is back again in the news. This 6-minute 14-second video is a discussion between Amna Nawaz and Radley Horton of Columbia University on the link between 1) climate change, 2) rising sea levels and 3) rising [...]

By |2019-05-10T17:53:26-04:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Climate Change & Environment, Videos|

PBS Video: Decoding the Weather Machine

More and more destructive hurricanes. Some of the worst wildfires and droughts. Deadly heat waves and extreme rainfall. Something has changed with our weather today, and many scientists agree. As NOVA's description of this two-hour video states:  "It’s the result of the weather machine itself—our climate—changing, becoming hotter and more erratic." This NOVA documentary cuts [...]

By |2019-05-10T17:49:40-04:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Climate Change & Environment, Videos|

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 |2019-04-09T11:26:35-04:00November 8th, 2018|Categories: Climate Change & Environment, Videos|

Climate Change’s Best Hope Video

A friend of BPC Green Builders discovered this uplifting video on PBS about something everyone can easily do about climate change and sent us a link. This wonderful video is less than 2 minutes long and is well worth watching. It's called "Climate Change's Best Hope, The one thing Katherine Hayhoe wishes we did about climate change" [...]

By |2019-05-10T15:14:30-04:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Videos|

What Climate Change Will Cause

A Great Overview from the Washington Post About What to Expect An analysis article in the Washington Post by Philip Bump entitled "What Climate Change is Actually Expected to Do" explains not only what scientists generally agree on will happen but also how what will happen will make climate change even worse. The article [...]

By |2019-04-25T14:23:02-04:00October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Climate Change & Environment, Green Home Economics & Savings|

BPC Green Builders Wins WestPort’s First Green Building Residential Award

BPC Green Builders is proud to announce that we are the first winner of the town of Westport’s Green Task Force “Building Award for Achievement in Sustainable Design and Construction”. The award program is part of a larger program by Westport’s Building Dept. for recognizing projects in Westport that have made or are making [...]

By |2019-04-16T16:25:32-04:00August 10th, 2018|Categories: News from BPC|

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 [...]

By |2019-05-10T15:22:47-04:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

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 |2018-08-21T15:38:46-04:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|