Tag Archives: green homes

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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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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Why build Green?

There are many reasons to build green and entire books are dedicated to it. This blog will focus on just one example – reducing construction waste.  One example jumps out from a nationwide builder, Belcher Homes.  They have implemented the … Continue reading

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Green Building & Energy Conservation in the New Year

2011 looks upbeat for both energy conservation upgrades and green building.  Just prior to Christmas break – Congress passed a pretty substantial bill which reinstated tax credits for various energy improvements for homeowners and  builders!

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How much is an energy audit?

Most of the calls we get start out with:  How much is an audit?  Swiftsure Energy offers several levels of energy auditing.  At issue, is what depth of an audit is needed?  Some homes will only need a simple inspection … Continue reading

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NW Green New Home Certifications

There is a lot of confusioin about new home certifications… Hope this will clarify a bit – Several widely recognized programs are available. These are the main programs that are available are: ENERGY STAR (NW ENERGY STAR in WA, OR, … Continue reading

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