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May 14, 2017

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Highlands Retreat

A high performance home in the mountains of North Carolina When considering a new home, the owners (Andy and Gayle) wanted to save energy in order to lower energy bills and reduce their use of fossil fuels–as well as preserve some great south-facing views.   When they finally began designing their house, they understood the

April 10, 2017

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Three “Starter” Houses to Begin Your Sustainable Lifestyle

Sustainable living can mean adapting social, economic and sustainable practices to every aspect of your life. So, if life needs a heart, and a home is where a heart is—then sustainable living starts with the home!   Here are three amazing and environmentally friendly homes that could kick-start your new sustainable life. Oh, and remember:

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.

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

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

January 20, 2016

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6 Tips to Fill Your Spaces With Natural Light

We all know that natural light is good for us. It’s so good for us, in fact, we should incorporate it into every room of our homes and offices. And there are plenty of great looking ways to accomplish it!   1. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall Adding a decorative mirror that faces a window

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