The Elephant in the Laundry Room

The Elephant in the Laundry Room

August 8, 2018
When it comes to energy efficiency in home appliances, the clothes dryer is the elephant in the laundry room. On average, residential clothes dryers use about 800 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year. By comparison, a standard clothes washer and a standard refrigerator each use about 600 kWh per year.
A History of Rewarding High Performance Builders

A History of Rewarding High Performance Builders

August 8, 2018
For seven years the Earth Advantage Green Builder of the Year Awards has been celebrating the extraordinary efforts of builders and developers who certify to our standards. All of the builders who work with Earth Advantage are interested in building quality, low-energy, high-performing single family and multifamily residences.
Home Efficiency Forum 2018

Home Efficiency Forum 2018

August 8, 2018
Home Efficiency Forum brings together Northwest building experts of all kinds to talk shop and advance energy-efficient building practices in residential new construction. This two-day event will feature trainings, networking opportunities and the chance to share ideas with your peers around this year’s theme: Building for the Future.
Understanding the Critical Role Air Barriers Play in the Wet Pacific NW Climate

Understanding the Critical Role Air Barriers Play in the Wet Pacific NW Climate

June 15, 2018
With energy costs showing no signs of abating, architects and builders everywhere are factoring energy efficiency into every aspect of their projects. Indeed, minimizing energy use is a key component of building standards gaining in popularity among policy makers, home building professionals, and homeowners alike.
Meet the Judges of the 2018 Green Builder of the Year Awards

Meet the Judges of the 2018 Green Builder of the Year Awards

June 15, 2018
Every year we’re fortunate to have a rotating group of outside judges, representing a cross-section of sustainable housing industry experts, who review the applications and select the winners. This year, the expert judges are Heidi McCullough, Emily Mikhaiel and Dan Wildenhaus.
Water Heaters Are the Lowest Hanging Fruit of Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Water Heaters Are the Lowest Hanging Fruit of Energy Efficiency Upgrades

June 15, 2018
Given that so many of the standard upgrades Earth Advantage builders have incorporated into their homes have now become code, it becomes really apparent that the lowest hanging fruit of energy efficiency is tied to the efficiency of the water heater.
Builder Advantage Newsletter - Builder Highlight

Builder Advantage Newsletter - Builder Highlight

June 15, 2018
Now, eleven years after completing our first build in Portland, Ethan Beck Homes is undergoing an exciting period of growth.
HVAC Design Strategies for High Performance Homes

HVAC Design Strategies for High Performance Homes

April 9, 2018
High performance homes require better HVAC design strategies than code level homes.
The Case for a New Blower Door Metric

The Case for a New Blower Door Metric

April 9, 2018
The Passive House Institute US has a new blower door measurement metric, should it be adopted by the industry for all homes?
The Future Looks Bright for Natural Gas in Earth Advantage Zero Energy Certified Homes

The Future Looks Bright for Natural Gas in Earth Advantage Zero Energy Certified Homes

April 9, 2018
Moving from a site to source definition for zero energy homes.
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