Choosing Right Green-High-Performance Builder for Your Project or Community

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  So you have found the perfect parcel of land; or have an existing home that needs updating, but how do you choose a builder that is reputable, competent and skilled in the art of high-energy performance or green building? … Read More

Choosing the Right Land for Green Building

 

  One of the most important components of green building is the land you choose to build your project.  There are multitudes of factors that must be considered when choosing the perfect parcel of earth to develop.  Making the wrong … Read More

The Importance Achieving Energy & Financial Interdependence in America

 

  Independence Day – New Meaning for Sustainability America’s fight for independence and freedom from oppression has long been our greatest legacy.   In order to continue our heritage, we should also consider sustainability as a critical path to achieving … Read More

Which is Better; To Lease or Own Solar Panels?

 

**UPDATED FOR 2016 GUIDELINES**Dozens of solar installation companies, such as SolarCity and SunRun, have sprung up in recent years, cashing in on the solar energy wave. “Save $$! Lock in your utility rate!” Technically they are known as solar service … Read More

Transcending Antiquated Rainwater Lending Policies

 

 A CALL TO ACTION We can survive without electricity, but clean, reliable water is a critical resource that humans simply can’t live without.  Growing demand in underserved drought-ridden regions where municipality water infrastructure is unavailable has become problematic. The mortgage … Read More

Brown Discounts & Green Premium Value Trends–New Real Estate Market Emerging Risk

 

 When it comes to high-performance building mitigating investment risk, most real estate finance investors and mortgage companies don’t get it. In fact, many lenders tend to discount (undervalue) green-high-performance projects and consider them risky investments. Antiquated lending and appraisal guideline … Read More

A Call to Action in 2016-Driving High Performance Building with Private Capital Markets

 

  As we find ourselves in a new year, we are filled with new found hope and possibilities.  For those engaged in the high-performance building market, all of our pioneering efforts are being realized and a sustaining future is now … Read More

RECAP – 2015 Green Market Initiatives and Other News

 

 Conservatives and a few of the nation’s largest utilities companies are gathering momentum to roll back Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) in several states.  Their efforts stem from concern over net-energy payments made to utility customers who produce excess renewable (solar) … Read More

The Art of Setting Expectations & Transacting a Quality “Green-Loan” Deal

 

  Lending institutions (and most of corporate America) tend to forget about the “art” of cultivating ‘trustworthy’ relationships and setting appropriate expectations with their customers and teams.    Why is this so important? There are two ultimate reasons to consider … Read More

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