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A HERS for Carbon?

March/April 2008
This article originally appeared in the March/April 2008 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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March 01, 2008
While carbon emissions,greenhouse gases, and carbon footprint have become well-known terms of widespread concern, the notion of carbon-neutral building might have more people turning to the Internet for a definition.
A conversation about HERS and zero-carbon homes between Kelly Parker, CEO of Guaranteed Watts Savers (GWS) in Oklahoma and Texas, and current president of the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), and Jane Talkington, a proponent of passive design strategies and the sustainability scholar of Trifecta-Consulting.com: Jane: RESNET is in discussions about carbon-neutral building metrics, so let’s begin by putting some buzzwords in perspective. While “carbon emissions,” “greenhouse gases,” and “carbon footprint” have become well-known terms of widespread concern, the notion of carbon-neutral building might have more people turning to the Internet for a definition. It would seem that a lot of people are talking about the problem, but there is less conversation about the solution. We know buildings are responsible for almost half (48%) of U.S. annual energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.  Where do you think your industry is now, and in what direction is it headed? Kelly: There has definitely been a change in momentum this year. There is less controversy about the existence of global warming and much more talk about ways to mitigate it.  That talk is beginning to generate solutions. We’ve already ...

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