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Green building hits milestone of 10,000 LEED-certified homes

April 5th, 2011

Green-built homes are at risk of becoming less of a novelty. Today, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced that more than 10,000 homes in the U.S. have earned a LEED-for-Homes certification.

These homes, built to the green standards developed by the USGBC, range from multi-family to single family houses and appear in all price ranges, according to the USGBC.

“Reaching this milestone signifies the continued transformation of the home building industry towards high-performing, healthy homes that save home owners money,” said Nate Kredich, vice president of Residential Market Development, U.S. Green Building Council.

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Solar Decathlon shows that homes can run on the sun

October 15th, 2009

By Ashley Phillips
Green Right Now

Tomorrow’s leaders are already working towards a cleaner future. The Solar Decathlon, an international competition hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is showcasing solar-powered home designs created by students from around the world.

Students selected to participate were given two years to design and build solar homes, which must be carbon neutral and completely powered by the sun. The projects, many costing hundreds of thousands of dollars, are on display at the National Mall in Washington through Sunday (Oct. 18).

Two thousand students came together to form 20 teams, which are competing to win prizes in several categories, such as best architecture or engineering or “comfort zone.”

The Solar Decathlon Proposal Review Committee, which is made up of engineers, scientist, and other experts from the DOE and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory, selected the teams that they thought had the ability to meet the strict structural and safety requirements. Once selected, each team was given $100,000 to get started. Projects often require more, so individual teams then raise any additional funds.

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Nation’s Largest Net-Zero Energy, Residential Community Planned For Colorado

July 21st, 2008

By Tom Kessler Colorado developers have announced what they say is the country’s largest net-zero energy, master-planned community in Arvada, Colo., a suburb of Denver. Geos Neighborhood, which will begin infrastructure construction this fall, will feature 250 residences and can generate enough renewable energy to supply 100 percent of the annual energy needs of the [...]

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