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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 |2018-08-30T14:03:12-04:00December 15th, 2017|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

BPC Green Builders Earns Another U.S. Department of Energy Housing Innovation Award

October 2017 BPC Green Builders Earns Another U.S. Department of Energy Housing Innovation Award: 2017 US DOE Housing Innovation Award for Custom Homes for Buyers BPC Green Builders Inc. received its fourth DOE Housing Innovation Award in five years. The award category was "Custom Homes for Buyers".  Built in Clinton, NY the winning custom green home [...]

By |2019-04-16T16:23:15-04:00October 30th, 2017|Categories: News from BPC|

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 |2018-08-22T08:51:44-04:00June 21st, 2017|Categories: Articles by Mike Trolle, BPC Principal|

The Energy Efficient Foundation (part 1)

(originally published in The Home Monthly, May 2013) I began this monthly series of columns by taking a look at options for building energy efficient walls and then moved on to attics and roofs.  Now let’s complete our look at advanced thermal envelopes (TE) by checking out foundations. Most homes in Fairfield County have [...]

By |2019-05-10T15:32:26-04:00June 20th, 2017|Categories: Articles by Mike Trolle, BPC Principal, Green Tech|

Tips for Making Homes Easier to Live in Longer

Here are some tips for making your home more accessible and safer if you plan on living in your home into retirement. It can also be useful if you are planning a home where your parents will live in or for making their home more accessible and safer. It's helpful to think ahead when [...]

By |2018-08-21T15:37:21-04:00April 17th, 2017|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

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 |2018-08-30T15:14:47-04:00February 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 |2018-09-05T15:38:45-04:00October 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 |2018-08-30T14:25:20-04:00July 27th, 2016|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|Tags: , |

BPC Earns USGBC LEED Homes Award for 2015 “Outstanding Single-Family Project”

June 2016 Front View On June 28, 2016 the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that the single family Taft School Faculty Home, which BPC Green Builders built and Trillium Architects designed, in Watertown, Connecticut was awarded the national 2015 LEED Homes Award for “Outstanding Single-Family Project”. According to USGBC the annual LEED Homes [...]

By |2019-04-16T16:13:08-04:00June 29th, 2016|Categories: News from BPC|

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 |2018-09-11T13:28:30-04:00December 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 |2018-08-30T14:44:17-04:00December 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 |2018-08-30T14:41:30-04:00December 4th, 2015|Categories: Articles by Mike Trolle, BPC Principal|