Sustainable Solar

The solar energy industry is often criticized for not being a viable industry without incentives. Most of these critics don’t understand that essentially every energy industry would not work in the current market without some form of incentives. Gas, oil, nuclear, hydro and biofuel are all subsidized heavily with taxpayer dollars. What these critics don’t […]

Eco-experts weigh in on how area homeowners can save energy, water

You can bike to work, bring reusable bags to the grocery store and recycle until the cows come home, but if your house leaks energy and wastes water, you’re not as green as you could be. Real estate website Zillow recently reported on seven nationwide trends in planet-friendly home improvement. Local eco-experts are weighing in […]

Beyond solar

With Boulder’s much-touted “300 days of sunshine a year,” solar power seems like a no-brainer for residents who want to green their home energy. Once financially out of reach for most homeowners, solar is becoming more accessible due to decreasing technology costs and incentive programs that help offset the cost of solar systems. But despite […]

How low can you go in improving efficiency?

Over the past few years, Populus LLC has worked with hundreds of clients who were looking to improve the energy efficiency of an existing home. More and more, clients are asking how to take their home to “zero energy” — a home that produces as much energy as it consumes annually. Sometimes, the client’s motivation […]

Bountiful Harvest

Boulder Valley homeowners have many options when it comes to planting a vegetable garden. While some get their hands dirty by planting their own gardens, others opt for a different way to bring farm-fresh produce to their tables: community-supported agriculture, or CSAs. Farms that participate in CSAs are coming into their own, riding a wave […]

Classic homes, walkability feed neighborhood’s appeal

After a long real estate slide, the Whittier neighborhood in Boulder has recently shown signs of a mini-boom, perhaps heralding that the long, steady rise back from the dead may be accelerating. Because of Boulder’s building restrictions and mere 500 acres of remaining space for development — currently slotted for commercial — the area did […]

Green Remodels

Recently, the Center for ReSource Conservation completed interviews with the Flax family, a Boulder family that went through the process of determining if they wanted to move into a larger family home, or keep their current location and renovate. The Flax home is on the CRC’s Tour of Sustainable Homes on Sunday, Oct. 2. The […]

Sustainable style

When it comes to design, Mark Queripel, owner of MQ Architecture & Design LLC, can sum it up pretty succinctly: The design is the client’s, not the architect’s. “Not that it’s not my work and property from an intellectual standpoint, but it’s their house. It’s the client’s dream you’re trying to put first on paper,” […]

Bountiful Harvest

Boulder Valley homeowners have many options when it comes to planting a vegetable garden. While some get their hands dirty by planting their own gardens, others opt for a different way to bring farm-fresh produce to their tables: community-supported agriculture, or CSAs. Farms that participate in CSAs are coming into their own, riding a wave […]