Passive Aggressive House

Passive Aggressive House

Passive house is a green building design and construction approach that results in highly efficient residential and commercial buildings. Although commonly referred to under the term “passive house”, buildings constructed to this standard can be built to commercial scale as well as single family residential. The passive house standard is somewhat complex because there are two separate organizations that promote this type of construction… PassivHaus in Germany was the originator of the standard… and PHIUS (Passive House Institute U.S.) in the United States was subsequently formed to promote the standard…

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What Should A Home Air Purifier Do?

what should a home air purifier do

Choosing a home air purifier often goes hand in hand with building out a “smart home“… But what should a home air purifier really do? This article presents the basics behind what a home air purifier should do and why you might want to buy one. Summary: Why buy a home air purifier? What should a home air purifier do? How do professionals measure indoor air quality? We answer these questions and provide links to other more comprehensive reviews that compare the best home air purifiers from the popular choices…

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50 Eco-Friendly Small Business Ideas and How to Start

50 eco-friendly small business ideas

Environmental, or eco-friendly small business ideas can be very powerful because of their dual purpose: 1) Make money. 2) Make the world a better place. What could be better than that for a career? Green businesses can make a commitment to the environment in many ways, as described below. Eco-friendly small businesses can also grow into significant companies over time. Just look at companies like Tesla and Waste Management. Eco-friendly small business owners are driven to make money, but also because they have a mission to improve the planet, or the…

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What is Tax Equity?

What is Tax Equity?

Tax equity is a form of investment that is made in renewable energy projects, such as solar… But why is it called “Tax Equity”..? Tax and Equity The word “Tax” in tax equity refers to primary type of benefit an investor receives when making this type of investment… He or she is going to save some taxes. The “Equity” in tax equity refers to the investor’s ownership of the investment. He or she is going to own something (at least for a little while….) An Example of a Tax Equity…

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Connected to Community at Birth

Working from home requires discipline… The devices in our pockets can connect us to almost anyone in the world… But sometimes it feels more lonely than ever. This can lead to introspection which can cause us to stumble into more loneliness. To quote Brooks, “…The stumbler requires community.” As the way we work, connect and learn changes, public libraries are evolving too, transforming from transactional spots (“Thanks for the book!”) to experiential destinations (“Why don’t we meet there…?”). The Dokk1 library on the waterfront in Aarhus, Denmark has taken the experiential…

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Carbon is Dead

The 100% renewable train has left the station and it’s gathering momentum, running over whatever stands in its way. Over 100 companies have signed on to a pledge to achieve 100% renewable power, some by as soon as 2020… The latest include JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Citi. A 100% renewable energy future means not only reducing the energy we consume, but also shifting our consumption away from fossil fuels. The commitments are impressive and the opportunities it could create are massive. Developing sustainable businesses is a great strategy for…

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How to Get a Commercial Building Roof for Free

Commercial real estate expenses sometimes pile up, and are referred to as “deferred maintenance”. Other major investments in assets for your building are called “CapEx”. These capital expenditures could be for building systems, a new roof, boiler, chiller, windows, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. As a real estate investor, you’ll be intimately familiar with the cost of building repairs, maintenance and capital expenditures…  You may not know, though, that “green banks” in 20 states (and counting) offer a program called Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (CPACE) that could allow you to…

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