Frontier Zero and Wyoming Innovation by Jon Gardzelewski

The Building Energy Research Group (BERG) is a collective at the University of Wyoming which is helping to build homes with Net-Zero energy in the state of Wyoming. BERG utilizes the skills of University of Wyoming faculty as well as advanced students to aid in the planning and execution of building houses for the Frontier Zero Project. Homes that are being built for Frontier Zero are built consciously with factors in mind such as super insulation, HVAC systems, photovoltaics, among other technologies. These choices allow the homes to utilize energy generated on site as well as reduce loss through more conscious building decisions. In the following Frontier Zero Series, the players and influencers in BERG and sustainable building in Wyoming will be featured, as well as some of the advantages to choosing to build sustainably in Wyoming.

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BERG in the News by Jon Gardzelewski

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BERG has been getting a little bit of attention in the past few months.  These items are also linked on the BERG Publications page.

2017: "Net-Zero Energy Homes in Wyoming: The Next Frontier?" Western Confluence (Winter 2017). [link to pdf]

2017: "5 Ways to Design Solar Architecture Beautifully—Not as an Ugly Afterthought"
           Autodesk Redshift (January 18, 2017) [link to website]
           reprinted in ArchDaily (February 8, 2017) [link to website]

Homebuilding in the UK by Jon Gardzelewski

A new article in The Guardian asks "Why are Britain’s new homes built so badly?"

A sample quote:
“More than half of buyers of new-build homes in England have had major problems with construction, unfinished fittings and faults with utilities, according to housing charity Shelter. The government branded the housing market “broken” in its housing white paper last month.”

The situation in the U.S. probably is not much better.  In fact, you might say our situation is worse, because nobody in the government produces such white papers, and no media outlet in the U.S. gives this basic level of scrutiny to the homebuilding industry.