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July 27, 2018

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See What AlpenGlass Has to Offer!

AlpenGlass™: The industry’s highest-performing multi-cavity glass solution AlpenGlass vs. Traditional Triple Pane—There Is No Comparison AlpenGlass delivers the lowest U-factors in the industry, nearly 100% UV blockage and a variety of solar heat gain options. This provides the flexibility designers need to create large glass areas without sacrificing energy efficiency. Since Alpen is able to

June 18, 2018

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Super Window Could Save Billions

Needless to say, that headline from the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Labs caught our eye! Here’s a link to the DoE’s press release, laying out the fact that “About $20 billion worth of energy leaks out of windows in the United States each winter – and that’s with double-paned insulating windows installed on a majority of

April 23, 2018

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Some (Recent) Passive House Books To Read

A subject that’s near-and-dear to our hearts! It never hurts to (re-)invest time toward learning, so here’s a list of books about Passive House that have been published in the last 4 years. An Introduction to Passive House by J. Bere Positive Energy Homes: Creating Passive Houses for Better Living by R. Brimblecombe and K.

February 2, 2018

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Introducing: The ONLY American-made window with both PHIUS and PHI Certifications

Alpen is proud to announce the first (and currently only) dual-certified window manufactured in North America. We believe making good decisions should be easier, not harder…and simpler, not more complex. If you’re looking for the highest quality windows that America has to offer, and you need a certified product—for Passive House, Net Zero Energy, Living

December 8, 2017

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Energy Efficiency Dominates the Craft Beer Market

The craft beer market is full of creative and agile people. They understand how to mix the best hops, how long to steep their specialty grains and, perhaps most importantly in any company, how to use resources efficiently. While the high costs of quality ingredients, labor, insurance, materials, cleaning and maintenance are all expected by

October 6, 2017

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U.S. Government Asks Alpen to Showcase American Sustainability Innovation (again!)

For the last two years, we proudly fulfilled the government’s request to highlight our products for the Department of Commerce’s SABIT Program–part of the International Trade Administration–which showcases cutting-edge, energy efficient construction technologies for a select group of Eurasian delegates. What is SABIT? “SABIT’s Energy Efficiency in Residential and Commercial Construction program aims to give

July 25, 2017

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Living Building Challenge at TEDxBend

TEDx Talk by Jason McLennan, Founder of Living Future Institute This 2015 talk does a a fantastic job of explaining The Living Building Challenge and how everything developed. “People said, ‘Jason, you’re crazy. This is too hard–LEED is already too hard, they thought. How are we going to do living buildings? How are we going

July 10, 2017

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Award-Winning Efficiency Program in FoCo

Utilities around the country have efficiency programs; however, Fort Collins wanted to take its project to the next level. “Utilities started doing efficiency programs by implementing the low-hanging fruit. Now that they already have early adopters doing the easy projects, the question is how to take the next step, getting more people involved and getting

June 23, 2017

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What is Whole Building Design?

When you think about design and construction, you make think of it in separate sections. Foundation, windows, plumbing, etc. But this is not how modern buildings are designed and built. They first go through a rigorous design process known as whole building design. What is whole building design? The idea behind this process is to

June 9, 2017

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What Tomorrow Will Look Like: Everyday Sustainability!

Today, we have AI that can make our grocery list, we create green roofs for in-office get-aways, and we’re even testing self-driving cars (a lot!). But that’s small compared to what may be coming – everyday sustainability. Tomorrow, well, we really don’t know–we’re hoping it will be efficient and amazing.   Much like the smartphone,