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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

June 30, 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 17, 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,

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 26, 2017

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The World Is Watching: Sustainable Development Goals

You may remember the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, created 17 years ago. The results from this global effort were not insignificant, and they’ve now inspired the continuation of effort in the form of the Sustainable Development Goals. Past Success Some successes of the Millennium Development Goals, specifically in regards to environmental sustainability, include: 98%

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:

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 20, 2016

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Glass Magazine Talks ZR10

Second Industry Mention of the ZR10 This Month! Alpen receives it’s second Zenith ZR10 mention (in November) from an industry news leader. “The Alpen ZR10 rounds out the company’s existing range of Zenith Series 1025 and 925 double-film high-performance window designs, engineered to provide super insulating properties in both heating- and cooling-dominant climates”   See