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Yampa Valley Electric Association offers Cen$ible Energy rebates for a third year

Article adapted from Steamboat Today, written by Sasha Nelson Craig — Yampa Valley Electric Association is offering residential and small business members Cen$ible energy rebates for a third consecutive year. “In addition to reducing energy use and utility bills across the YVEA territory, the first two years of the program supported local businesses and vendors with […]

Families Open Green Homes to Sold-Out Building Tour

The ninth annual Green Building Tour attracted a sold-out crowd of more than 40 locals. Learn more…. Instead of demolishing a 1946 old town bungalow, the Rabesa family deconstructed and reconstructed their home and saved some $90,000 in construction costs by reusing spaces and building materials. Steamboat Springs homeowner Susan Crites built a space efficient, […]

Input Requested by Sept. 1 on Routt County Building Codes Upgrade

Construction community input is requested by Sept. 1 regarding the Routt County Regional Building Department upgrade to 2015 building codes, which is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, 2017. Input should be submitted to Routt County building official Ben Grush at bgrush@co.routt.co.us. Any interested construction professionals in Routt County who have not received the previous […]

Free home energy assessments in Routt, Moffat counties

Homeowners in Routt and Moffat counties are encouraged to sign up for a FREE home energy assessment to learn how best to improve the energy efficiency of their home. The home energy audits are free for homeowners who have Yampa Valley Electric Association service for electricity and Atmos Energy for the primary source of home […]

Inspiring homes and homeowners lend their big ideas to tour participants

Yesteryday’s sold-out 7th Annual Green Building Tour was as inspiring as always. In the “mountain modern” theme, the three homes toured included a LEED version 4 home, a 1958 remodel, and a technology-boosted home that used LEED, Energy Star, Passive House, Built Green, HEED, and VERA components. At the 480 square foot 1958 remodel apartment, originally built by Eugene Sternberg (who […]

10 speakers, 6 topics – Green Building – What works in Rural Colorado?

Thank you to our speakers from last night’s Green Building Workshop! Certified green building does require extra attention, but it is very doable and valuable in Routt County, according to a panel of local architects, homebuilders, homeowners and construction managers during a September 8 workshop in Steamboat. The Green Building Happy Hour Workshop presented by […]

Talking Green: Passive House design – standing-room-only!

A hot topic indeed – over 60 participants filled the Creekside Cafe for last night’s Talking Green event on Passive House design! Speakers Todd Collins of AE Building Systems (Denver) and Eric Lobeck of Workshop L (Steamboat) enlightened the group on the tightest building design in existence. The term passive house (Passivhaus in German) refers to a […]

Can old buildings be green?

Last night’s Talking Green was on the Sustainability of Historic Preservation, hosted by YVSC, Historic Routt County and Bud Werner Memorial Library with Patrick Eidman of History Colorado and Paul Bonnifield, local historian. If you missed this in-depth look at historic buildings and the numerous benefits of restoring them, you can view the videos here […]

The Future of Real Estate – the Green MLS

Reprinted from the Yampa Valley Voice, August 2014 Good for the buyer, even better for the seller: The Green MLS and the HERS Index The Future of Real Estate Would you ever buy a car without looking at the miles-per-gallon (MPG) or safety rating? Of course not! When you buy a car, you want to […]

Sustainability is… The king of Recycling

Second interview in Paul’s Series: Sustainability is… your neighbor  (To view prior post click here) John Spezia is a familiar figure to many in Steamboat. He moved here in 1972, and bought his 800 square foot house in Fairview in 1980. The house was relocated from Milner to Fairview  in 1962, and Spezia speculates that […]