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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

January 15, 2017

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12 Essential Steps to Net Zero Energy (NZE)

Here’s a great video on “The Twelve Essential Steps to Net Zero Energy“. Thanks to Clifton View Homes on Whidbey Island, WA for doing such a great job describing the basics of NZE.

November 13, 2016

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Door & Window Magazine Cover Shot + Award

Industry Accolades It’s a 10: Alpen excels in 2016 Green Awards from Door & Window Market Magazine–and is showcased on the cover! “Alpen’s Zenith Series ZR10 fixed picture window has now overcome the challenge as both a validated R10 performer and a market-ready product–truly surpassing the DOE’s goals for bringing a market-accessible R10 window technology

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

September 22, 2016

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Announcing the Alpen Zenith ZR10

The ONLY commercially available, NFRC certified, full frame R10 window in North America Alpen HPP receives .10 U-value rating from NFRC We are very proud to announce the availability of a commercially viable full-frame fixed window package capable of providing an R10 insulating value. Following independent testing by National Certified Testing Laboratories and subsequent certification

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

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

January 8, 2016

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What Do You Really Save With Energy Efficient Products?

Thinking about going green? Great for you! You’ll certainly be saving money if you use energy efficient products–but did you ever consider what else you’ll be saving?   Energy Efficiency First off, you could save a lot of energy. Those dollars you spent on that big electric bill would go right back into your pocket.

December 18, 2015

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Shut That Window! You’re Heating the Outdoors!

Have you ever been sitting in your living room and suddenly noticed a cold breeze coming from the corner of a window? You’re heating the outdoors–it’s literally money flying out the window! When the really cold weather hits, these air leaks are especially important (and noticeable).So, it’s an issue of particular importance, during the winter