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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|

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 |2018-08-30T15:15:58-04:00April 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 |2019-04-16T17:07:34-04:00January 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 |2019-11-05T13:37:08-05:00December 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|