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Why a ‘HERS’ Rating is Essential for Net Zero Construction in Vermont

May 9, 2020

What is the “HERS” Rating System? Facing the need for a more accurate metric to rate home energy efficiency, in 2006 the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index was established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and is an integral part of the Energy Star Homes rating index. In fact, to become an Energy…

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What is a Prudent Living Net Zero Energy Home?

April 28, 2020

Prudent Living was incorporated in 2009, but it feels like it could have happened this morning. It amazes me how much we have changed and how fast it’s happened; almost as if I got into a DeLorean on my way to work this morning and punched in the year 2013. Does time really go by that fast or did…

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The Essential Solar PV System Checklist for a Net Zero Home in Vermont

April 11, 2020

While things like super insulation and heat recovery ventilation systems are important for a net zero home in Vermont (or New Hampshire), a solar photo voltaic (PV) system is most often the ‘key’ element to creating net zero energy. Here’s a checklist of five things to look for when considering solar power for your net zero home. 1) Solar Panel…

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IECC Home vs. Net Zero Construction in Vermont: Which is Better?

March 27, 2020

Let me start off by defining, “better.” From the standpoint of construction quality or practices, an IECC home and a net-zero home will be the same. From the standpoint of saving energy, net-zero wins hands down. Let’s see why. The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) The IECC is a residential coding standard that stipulates minimum…

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How Solar Power Achieves Net Zero Construction in Vermont

March 14, 2020

For the obvious reason, solar power plays a big part in home energy efficiency. It’s the component that allows most homes within Vermont to become energy independent and achieve annual net-zero energy consumption. Just how important is solar in achieving net-zero construction in Vermont? And what are the big differences you’ll find between solar-powered, high-performance homes in Vermont, and the…

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How Much More Does It Cost to Build a Net Zero Home in Vermont?

February 23, 2020

One of the main questions people ask about building a net zero home in Vermont is, “How much will it cost?” Building a net zero home costs about 10 percent more than building the same house without the high tech, high performance, money-saving elements.  But spending 10 percent more during construction may save between $3,000…

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Affordable Zero Energy Homes: A Balloon Framed Wall does it All!

February 8, 2020

We’ve discovered that a double 2×4, balloon framed, exterior wall with dense pack insulation performs at the highest level – satisfying both demands of thermal and fire blocking performance and cost effectiveness. Not only that, the less I depend on using foam, the more relaxed my clients seem to be when building affordable zero energy…

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The 4 Key Elements to Achieving a Net Zero Home in Vermont

January 25, 2020

Net Zero Energy is the coming norm for new home construction in several states, including Vermont. While the Vermont Legislature has mandated that all new homes achieve net zero energy standards by 2030, net zero energy is rapidly growing in popularity in states like New Hampshire, that don’t have a mandate. To construct a new home…

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How Real Estate Brokers Can Help with Net Zero Construction in Vermont

January 11, 2020

When you begin your buying journey to build a net zero home in Vermont or New Hampshire, where should you start? What resources should you employ? Typically, buyers and even more so, sellers, of conventional residential homes will contact a real estate broker early in their journey. But what about a net zero energy home?…

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Six Key Components of the Thermal Boundary in Zero Energy Homes

December 22, 2019

Air barrier Minimizing air movement in and out of a house is key to building an energy-efficient home. Many of the materials used in a house as structural and finish components can act as air barriers. Sealing all the holes and seams between sheet goods such as drywall, sheathing, and subflooring with durable caulk, gaskets, tape,…

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