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Net-Zero, Primary Residence Homes, Part 4

How Does a Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic System Work In Your High Performance Home? 1

How do we achieve a Prudent Living, Net-Zero home? Here’s our approach: Keep it simple – There are only two questions worth asking.  What are the facts? What’s in it for me? Avoid complicating conversations about Net-Zero with useless discussions about micro-mathematics, Scientific R-values vs Builder R-values, charts and graphs that show every cause and…

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Net-Zero, Primary Residence Homes, Part 3

How Does a Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic System Work In Your High Performance Home? 2

One way to build a truly Net-Zero house is to design the house in such a way that all heating and cooling and lighting devices are electric.  Everything in the house gets its power from the grid. If this is the case, then it’s very easy to measure our consumption of electricity because the electric…

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Net-Zero, Primary Residence Homes, Part 2

How Does a Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic System Work In Your High Performance Home? 3

First of all, the process of building a house consumes a huge amount of energy before anyone even moves in and calls it home.  Here’s a brief snapshot of what I mean.    There’s no such thing as a house that doesn’t consume energy Site & Concrete:  First the loggers come and clear out the…

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The Top 3 Myths of Net Zero Construction in Vermont and New Hampshire

How Does a Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic System Work In Your High Performance Home? 6

Since net zero construction in Vermont and New Hampshire is the latest (and we think greatest) form of residential construction practices, there are some common myths about net zero homes. Let’s dispel these myths: Myth #1) I Need to Compromise on Design This misperception may have drifted over from the auto industry. You may know that…

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Top Questions To Ask A High-Performance Home Builder

How Does a Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic System Work In Your High Performance Home? 7

Top questions to ask when interviewing Builders who claim to be knowledgeable about High Performance construction techniques. How do air barriers differ from vapor barriers? What is a Breathable Vapor Barrier? When and where is a breathable vapor barrier used in a house envelope? When is a breathable vapor barrier not required? What direction does…

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A Tale of Two Houses (Less to Build vs. Less to Own)

How Does a Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic System Work In Your High Performance Home? 8

A couple stopped by my office recently and inquired about building a new house. Since we have been building houses for about 40 years, this was no surprise and it also didn’t surprise me that they didn’t have drawings yet. Their thoughts were pretty vague about what they wanted except for two things. They had…

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How Does a Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic System Work In Your High Performance Home?

How Does a Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic System Work In Your High Performance Home? 10

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems provide clean electricity that has many benefits. Renewable energy is better for the environment, better for your bottom line, and is long lasting. So while it is easy to understand the benefits of clean energy, it is not alwayseasy to understand how it is produced. Certain components required by code have been left out of the following diagram in order…

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