Entries by Brett Little

GHI member renovation aims for LEED and pre certifies zero energy capable

Baker+Myers SmartHaus is a LEED registered home aiming for Platinum v4.1 and is pre-certified to be Zero Energy Capable brought to you by our member company Smart Haus Wexler / Kollman and verified by members Eco Achievers.  It will ideally use about a tenth the heating energy of a built- to-code home, and about 109% […]

The 2020 Green Homes Smart Market report is out!

The 2020 Green Homes Smart Market report is out! “Third-party verification, whether through a HERS score or through certification, is the top way that home builders demonstrate to their customers that projects that they build are green” A 3rd of single-family home builder’s top marketing tools include the Home Energy Rating Score (HERS) and a […]

What are the top 5 YouTube green building education sessions of 2019? 

If we had to summarize the sessions it’s that people are craving all-electric net-zero homes that are built from natural and healthier building materials. We hope to see this exciting trend continue into 2020 and will work to bring in speakers, thought leaders, and courses around these topics. Here is a summary of our top […]

Stephanie Gingerich of LINC UP achieves LEED Green Associates to help affordable housing

Congrats Stephanie Gingerich of Linc UP on passing her U.S. Green Building Council LEED Green Associates exam! Next? The LEED AP Homes! Through the GreenHome Institute Grand Rapids Green Affordable Housing program funded by the Wege Foundation we are providing training and capacity building to those in organizations serving low income and supportive housing in […]

Consumers Energy boosts performance-based incentives and more, ready’s for zero!

Consumers Energy is offering some new rebates and incentives focused on performance-based energy reduction for new and existing commercial and mixed-use/multifamily as well as new single-family homes. For new and existing multifamily properties they are allowing some new pilot incentives for heat pump HVAC and water heaters. For mixed-use multifamily & commercial, they have a […]

Webinar Attendees – Who tunes into GHI Sessions?

Since 2013 the GreenHome Institute has elevated many skills-based volunteers as well as internal staff and partners to help spread the word about good ideas, processes, new technology, and design focused on improving green building. Here is a little information on who is coming to our sessions as of early 2018 through mid-2019. From a […]