Energy Efficient Building

SIERRA GRANDE PK-12 REPLACEMENT SCHOOL — PREMIER DATE ON RMBPS • April 22, Earth Day at 5pm

Heart of a Building’s episode on the Sierra Grande PK-12 school in Blanca, CO -airing/streaming beginning in early 2023- references “Passive House” performance standards as the guiding principles for the design and construction of this school building. To learn more about Passive House please check out the following links: Passive House US | Passive House Institute

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Keeping Your Home Warm and Energy Efficient in Colder Months

Just because the temperature drops doesn’t mean you have to abandon your hopes of keeping your home comfortable while remaining energy efficient. As the temperature dips, we are all tempted to crank up the thermostat, but there are many other ways to stay warm and stay in-control of your energy use and costs. Clean and Service Your Furnace To keep your appliances running efficiently, you should have them serviced and cleaned regularly. If you haven’t this year, consider a service…

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What Homebuyers Should Look for When Buying (or Renting)

When looking to buy a new home, most of us look for a convenient location regarding proximity to work, schools, friends, and family. We also look for how it feels to us, visual attractiveness inside and out. If you are ready to go a step further, you can gain insights as to how comfortable and how large or small the impact is on the environment of your future home. The best way to begin is to determine if the house…

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My Net Zero Home Got Me Through a Wisconsin Winter

My Net Zero Home Got Me Through a Wisconsin Winter — Here’s What I Learned By Amber Westerman Is it really possible to get through a Wisconsin winter on solar electricity alone? We had a 10-day cold snap last February and it got down to minus 17 degrees F. My air-source heat pump (mini-split) was working hard — and consuming lots of power.  When I set out to build a net-zero house (and afford it), I knew my design had to…

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What is Heart of a Building?

If you haven’t seen Heart of a Building episodes, you might not have a great idea about our work or why we work hard to bring you the projects we do. We allow people to share their “why” and their heart-centered reasons for taking such care of their homes, offices, and buildings by telling these stories. And we hope that those watching are moved to learn how to make these changes. Most of all, we want to recognize the challenging…

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10 Easy Things You Can Do To Increase Your Home’s Energy-Efficiency

While we like to make a big deal out of building projects on the leading edge of environmentally sound techniques, we also want to make a big deal about the little things. It is those little things that can end up making a big difference. We’ve compiled a list of 10 Easy Things You Can Do to Increase Your Home’s Energy-Efficiency you can take to make your home more environmentally sound

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Nantes Library Episode Guide

This episode will air on RMPBS on Sunday, November 14 at 10:00 AM (MST) and be available for streaming after that time. Check your local listings for channel or watch here. L’Avenir Episode Guide | Thrive Episode Guide This near Passive House-compliant public building has become the gem of the High Plains Library District by bringing together outstanding daylighting and comfort for occupants while delivering incredibly low utility bills for the taxpayers of the district. This story merged people who…

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L’Avenir Episode Guide

This episode will air on RMPBS on Sunday, November 21 at 10:00 AM (MST) and be available for streaming after that time. Check your local listings for channel or watch here. Nantes Library Episode Guide | Thrive Episode Guide This zero-energy/zero-emission 4-plex of rowhomes nestled next to Old Town Ft. Collins embodies a lifetime of design work and learning from the wife and husband team Laurie and Bob Davis at Davis/Davis Architects to deliver homes with an exceptionally light footprint…

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