Category Archives: Green Building

Solar Energy Making Ultra-Green Homes of the Future a Modern Day Reality

Zero-net energy Greenbuild Unity Home featuring fully-integrated SunPower home solar solution. Photo Credit: SunPower

Zero-net energy Greenbuild Unity Home featuring fully-integrated SunPower home solar solution. Photo Credit: SunPower

SAN JOSE, CALIF. / PR Newswire – Energy-efficient homes of the future have arrived and are growing in popularity. According to a report by McGraw Hill Construction, nearly one-third of new single-family homes in the U.S. will be green by 2016. They are energy and natural resource efficient, designed to reduce overall impact on human health and the environment. An increased number of consumers are going a step further and striving for net-zero energy homes that use renewable energy solutions, such as solar power systems, to offset all or most of their energy consumption. Across the country, the number of net-zero energy residential and commercial buildings doubled between 2012 and 2014 as cited by the New Buildings Institute.

Experts predict the trend will continue.

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In Wisconsin: Tim O’Brien now builds all homes with solar ready features

By Erica Breunlin, Biz Times.com

At Tim O’Brien Homes Inc.’s corporate office, located in Pewaukee, about 35 percent of the building’s energy consumption is offset by 50 solar panels atop the building, according to Tim O’Brien, president of the company.

Tim O’Brien Homes, which operates in both metro Milwaukee and Madison, aims to give owners of its new homes an opportunity to achieve the same kind of energy efficiency. At the beginning of September, the semi-custom, single-family homebuilder announced that in coordination with Pewaukee-based SunVest Solar, Inc., it will ensure each one of its newly constructed homes is solar ready.

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