Author Archives: Kent Mitchell

About Kent Mitchell

30 years in various construction positions. Currently specializing in residential energy efficiency and green building methods. Also I am a new online business student at BYU-I

Coming Monday – ENERGY STAR Version 3

ENERGY STAR version 3 requirements are set to begin on any houses permitted after December 31.  The builder rebates will continue.  We have heard mixed messages about whether the Federal tax credits will continue (we doubt it).  The smaller lighting … Continue reading

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Solar in the Pacific NW!

As the rainy season begins here in the North West we feel it is a great time to share some information about solar options.  It is a common misperception that solar energy is worthless west of the Cascades.  However, the … Continue reading

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Builder Tax Credits Expiring Soon

The Federal tax credit for builders is about to expire and looks like it probably won’t be renewed. If you have any energy efficient homes you have built in 2010 or 2011 they may qualify and we can help you … Continue reading

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Smart Grid & Utility Bills

You likely have heard of the efforts to build a Smart Grid but are not clear what that might mean?  The “smart grid” is an effort to better control & direct power (electricity).  Presently America’s electrical systems are isolated and … Continue reading

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New Look Rating

To help our builders and remodelers marketing efforts, the signage and marketing tool for ratings has been redesigned.  This version is much simpler to understand and should require less explanation.  A yard sign is provided for spec & model homes.  … Continue reading

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EPG for Homes

Sample EPG for Homes What Builder wouldn’t like to distinguish themselves from the competition  including the fore closure home down the street?  We have an accepted method to put a rating on a home… similar to the MPG for cars, this is … Continue reading

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Heat Pumps for Water Heating?

Over the last several years we have found that heat pump systems are extremely efficient.  They take the ambient heat or cold around them and eventually transfer it to what ever we are trying to change the temperature.  Geothermal heat … Continue reading

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