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March 17, 2017

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A Headquarters Worthy of its Mission

The Rocky Mountain Institute Innovation Center in Basalt, Colorado “This building achieves beyond net-zero energy because we have gotten better at choosing and combining technologies to maximize building performance.” –Amory Lovins   The Three Main Design Challenges of the RMI Innovation Center in Basalt, Colorado: Meeting the goal of net zero in one of the

February 16, 2017

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What Does Good Look Like?

Alpen and the Living Building Challenge: What does good look like? That is the question that the Living Building Challenge asks. The living building challenge is just as much about beauty as it is about environmental impact—and one reason why the International Living Future Institute uses the metaphor “Efficient as a flower” to describe its

September 29, 2016

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Alpen Recognized by Vail Valley Home Magazine

Smart Glass New window technologies make mountain contemporary home design more energy-efficient than ever before Today, many new homes in Vail Valley — especially the high-end, luxury, mountain contemporary residences — are being designed with a whole new ideal in mind, one that visually brings the splendor of the outdoors indoors with vast banks of

June 16, 2016

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Keep Your Customers Comfortable and In Your Store

It’s summer time. Time for boardwalks, window shopping, and ice cream stores. Time for sprinklers, live music, and barbeques. And time for the heat to trigger your store’s air conditioning. The Dog Days of Summer Picture it: sun shining, 100 degrees, and no breeze. A nightmare for patrons who thought a trip to Pearl Street

May 26, 2016

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Capital Repairs and Maintenance Projects

When a need for repairs arises, it often brings up other issues as well. Problems can develop when you and your staff have to make the hard decision of prioritizing which project or repairs should be done first. Prioritize major repairs and projects Base their priority on: Safety State/Federal requirements Critical value of system/component Age

May 12, 2016

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3 Easy Summer Solutions for Your Windows

Windows can have a negative impact on the energy efficiency of your building, even while providing ventilation, light, and warmth. Luckily, you can be more comfortable and reduce energy costs by following these easy tips.   Improve Existing Windows Easy Solutions In addition to shading, you can improve the energy efficiency of older windows by

April 28, 2016

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The Comfort of Windows

High Performance Products. What does that mean? A lot, actually, because the comfort that comes with a high performance product is noticeable in everyday life. Comfort is something expected in every building, and when it’s not there, it’s especially noticeable.   The Perfect Temperature The temperature of the room should closely reflect the one you

April 16, 2016

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Do I Need New Windows?

How do you know if you need new windows? You might put up with a breeze or use a space heater in the cold spot next to a window, but do you need to? Here are some telltale factors that you may be putting up with every day—and not even consider an issue.   Condensation

February 15, 2016

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Why Cities Will End Climate Change

Tipping the Scales There’s a huge global push to improve efficiency and cut emissions, on both national and international scales. But even more significant efforts are being seen on a smaller scale—cities. These fast-paced centers of commerce and population are big polluters, but many are quickly shifting to green design and technology. Here’s why.  

January 30, 2016

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Building Efficiency from the Ground Up

For most people, building efficiency seems to start taking shape as soon as ground is broken. In reality, it starts when you specify and order quality materials and equipment. If you want to build an energy efficient commercial building or home that; requires little maintenance, uses less energy, and has little impact on the environment—you