How California builders are adapting to state’s super-strict energy mandates

“Each home will come with SunPower solar system, ranging from 3 to 5 kilowatts, which can generate up to 8,000 kilowatt hours based on home orientation, which estimates suggest will cover 80 percent or more of a home’s energy usage. The renewable focus is part of Pardee’s LivingSmart branding, developments with smart home features, energy…

Webinar: Kick the Cold: The Intersection of Healthy Homes and Energy Efficiency – Feb. 22

“The link between healthy homes and home performance continues to be a hot topic. Professionals in both fields find they are creating multiple benefits for clients, from reduced moisture and mold growth to cost savings on utility bills. However, not all healthy homes work or home performance works confers benefits for the other. It can…

Webinar: New Tools in the Toolbox: A Fresh Take on Financing – Feb. 15

“The cost of energy upgrades can be a barrier to customer participation. Deploying the right financing can help residents cover the cost of upgrades, thereby helping you diversify your customer base and grow your energy efficiency program. More and more energy efficiency programs are engaging diverse stakeholders as financing partners and exploring new ways to…

Building code changes can have unintended consequences

“So what happens when building codes are tightened up to increase energy efficiency? Most real estate developers will whine that it means that the price of housing will go up and create hardship for younger and poorer buyers. But a new study from California, The Distributional Effects of Building Energy Codes, finds different results. The researchers looked…

California is powering toward its climate change and clean energy goals

“California has become the face of the resistance to President Trump’s dismantling of climate change policies — and in many ways that reputation is earned. The Golden State gets nearly half its electricity from climate-friendly sources, including solar, wind, hydro and nuclear. Carbon emissions keep inching downward, putting the state on track to reduce planet-warming…
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