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Archive for July, 2010

baltimore county high performance homes bill

Baltimore County has just passed the High Performance Homes Bill, which offers a property tax credit to homeowners who invest in improving the energy efficiency of their homes. The Bill went into effect June 25, 2010. The amount of the tax credit is a percentage of the total County property tax assessed on the home that is equal to the percentage of increased energy efficiency achieved in the process of renovation or new construction. The tax credit starts at 30% efficiency for three years and increases to a carbon neutral home with a 100% tax credit for five years. Michael Hindle, CPHC and Carri Beer, AIA, LEED ap worked assiduously with Councilman Vince Gardina to make this bill a reality for Baltimore County residents. Contact us to help make your home more efficient or to design a new carbon neutral home!

certified passive house consultant!

Our own Michael Hindle has received his certification as a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). He is one of only three CPHC’s in the Baltimore area and only a handful in the state of Maryland. Passive House is an energy performance standard which sets a very ambitious goal of 90% energy use reductions for heating and cooling. The Passive House standard and the associated building strategies are supported by 19 years of exhaustive building performance monitoring and building science research. Consultants use highly accurate modeling software to project and determine energy use for all building types.

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