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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,

May 22, 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

May 8, 2017

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A Lesson In Choosing the Right Glaziers, Window Systems and Glazing

As many out there know, there are some scary facilities maintenance stories. This one is about window maintenance—or the lack of it—that ended up as a full building retrofit with a $4.5 million dollar price tag. Ouch! And let’s preface the story with — This isn’t a story about an Alpen project or products —

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

March 3, 2017

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Why Should Your Building Be “Net Zero”?

A Net Zero Energy (NZE) building, “balances its energy needs with energy produced from renewable, zero-emission sources” (SF Tool). These types of buildings are rapidly becoming much more common in the United States, so no; it’s not just a phase. Competition of NZE NZE housing and commercial buildings are increasing in popularity, often providing “bragging

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

February 1, 2017

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10 Reasons to Install High Performance Windows

There are so many reasons to go green, save energy, and use high performance products, so here are our top ten reasons to use windows from Alpen High Performance Products. Comfort You will experience a comfort next to your window like never before. No more cold spots, hot spots, or drafts. You can rest easy

January 18, 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.