Build Native http://buildnative.com Leading Green Home Building and Residential/Commercial Solar Power Experts Wed, 04 May 2016 14:09:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tax Season is Better with Solar http://buildnative.com/tax-season-is-better-with-solar/ http://buildnative.com/tax-season-is-better-with-solar/#respond Wed, 04 May 2016 14:09:03 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14858 Tax season is now over, which means for our NATiVE solar customers, their systems paid back even more than their monthly energy bill savings! Let us take you through the numbers of what a 30% Investment Tax Credit provides to solar customers and installers. The Renewable Energy Investment Tax Credit...

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Green Building Progress – April 2016 http://buildnative.com/green-building-progress/ http://buildnative.com/green-building-progress/#respond Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:15:26 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14814 NATiVE Green Building Progress – “Works in Progress April 2016” Welcome to the first release of our Monthly Work In Progress Photo blog where we visually reveal our green building in progress projects. Please enjoy these images and stay tuned for next months edition where we explor...

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CleanTX http://buildnative.com/cleantx/ http://buildnative.com/cleantx/#respond Mon, 11 Apr 2016 20:21:14 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14768 Proud Member of CleanTX NATiVE is a proud member of CleanTX, an economic development and professional association that is accelerating the growth of the cleantech industry in Texas through information exchange, thought leadership, and strategic partnerships. Founded in 2006, this is the nonprofit ec...

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Water Conservation http://buildnative.com/water-conservation/ http://buildnative.com/water-conservation/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 16:42:26 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14753 Water Conservation & NATiVE Rainwater Collection There are two fundamental resources that we use in our homes: energy and water. We understand that installing a low-flow faucet saves water. But what if installing LED lighting was just as connected to water conservation? And what if the low-flow ...

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Give 5% to Mother Earth Day http://buildnative.com/give-5-mother-earth-day/ http://buildnative.com/give-5-mother-earth-day/#respond Fri, 01 Apr 2016 13:00:49 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14738 Mother Earth Day – April 22nd This month, NATiVE is excited to be a partner of Austin’s Give 5% to Mother Earth Day, the annual Earth Day initiative where more than 100 local businesses, like us, pledge to donate 5% of their gross sales to benefit nine nonprofit organizations working to keep A...

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Construction Administrator http://buildnative.com/construction-administrator/ http://buildnative.com/construction-administrator/#respond Tue, 29 Mar 2016 13:05:24 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14726     Responsibilities: Setup new jobs and create templates in CRM system Manage subs/vendors in CRM system Oversee selections provided by designer and/or homeowners to ensure deadlines are met Compile change orders provided by project managers to ensure deadlines are met Send out digital an...

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Conserving Land in the Hill Country http://buildnative.com/conserving-land-in-the-hill-country/ http://buildnative.com/conserving-land-in-the-hill-country/#comments Wed, 24 Feb 2016 18:44:45 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14467 “Conserving land in the Hill Country is not a simple feat – it requires long-term involvement from many individuals and organizations who want to see these lands preserved as open space in perpetuity. Through their ongoing partnership with HCC and their donation program, Native has proven their comm...

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PEC On-Bill Financing http://buildnative.com/pec-on-bill-financing/ http://buildnative.com/pec-on-bill-financing/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:44:58 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14356 PEC On-Bill Financing Pedernales Electric Cooperative (PEC), based in Johnson City, Texas, is the largest distribution electric co-op in the U.S., serving more than 270,000 accounts in an 8,100-square-mile service area. This service area extends throughout the Hill Country around Austin and includes...

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CPS Energy Extends Solar Rebate Program http://buildnative.com/cps-energy-extends-solar-rebate-program/ http://buildnative.com/cps-energy-extends-solar-rebate-program/#comments Tue, 02 Feb 2016 18:19:51 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14316 Native is excited to have been involved closely with CPS Energy and the San Antonio Solar Alliance in helping to craft a sustainable solar rebate program that will help homeowners and CPS to realize their energy goals. While some news stories have reported a few details of this brand new program, CP...

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Green Energy Money http://buildnative.com/green-energy-money/ http://buildnative.com/green-energy-money/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:37:54 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14243 Green Energy Money (GEM) Financial Solutions to Value & Power a Sustainable Future When you are looking at building a custom high performance home the loan process is different than a typical mortgage loan. The appraiser needs to be able to quantify the value of the systems in a NATiVE home (rai...

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2016 Solar Trends and New Opportunities http://buildnative.com/2016-solar-trends-and-new-opportunities/ http://buildnative.com/2016-solar-trends-and-new-opportunities/#respond Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:02:14 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14211 An Amicus Collaborative Article With the close of 2015 and the unexpected extension of the Solar Investment Tax Credit, US Solar companies can now look toward 2016 with a stable marketplace within which to operate. The US Solar economy continues to enjoy unprecedented growth, providing employment fo...

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Leif Dove – NATiVE Employee Highlight http://buildnative.com/leif-dove-native-employee-highlight/ http://buildnative.com/leif-dove-native-employee-highlight/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2016 00:53:15 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14186 NATiVE Employee Highlight: Leif Dove “There is a commonly referenced constraints triangle in construction project management that shows time, cost, and quality on its outer corners. The often repeated phrase is to pick two because you can’t have all three. Leif Dove possesses the unique skills...

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Green Builder Magazine – Home of the Year Awards Winner http://buildnative.com/green-builder-home-of-the-year-awards/ http://buildnative.com/green-builder-home-of-the-year-awards/#respond Mon, 18 Jan 2016 18:28:28 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14137 Green Builder Magazine: Best Resilient Design Native was honored as one of nine finalists in Green Builder Magazine 2015 Home of the Year Awards. Our Rainwater Ranch project won the BEST Resilient Design award. We’re so very proud of our entire team for building with the highest of standards, qualit...

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Tecolote Farm Goes Solar http://buildnative.com/tecolote-farm-goes-solar/ http://buildnative.com/tecolote-farm-goes-solar/#comments Wed, 13 Jan 2016 23:50:44 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14101 Only a few miles down the road from the 30MW Webberville Solar Farm that energizes Austin, there is another groundbreaking solar farm, and this one produces clean energy as well as delicious organic vegetables. Located just thirteen miles east of downtown Austin, Tecolote Farm, long known as an orga...

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Project Sunroof http://buildnative.com/project-sunroof/ http://buildnative.com/project-sunroof/#respond Fri, 08 Jan 2016 17:06:51 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14089 In an attempt to map the world’s solar potential, one roof at a time, Google has launched Project Sunroof. This new online service quickly tallies up considerations of going solar and whether homeowners should consider buying or leasing photovoltaic panels. Google’s Project Sunroof combines th...

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Zero Energy Home http://buildnative.com/zero-energy-home/ http://buildnative.com/zero-energy-home/#comments Tue, 29 Dec 2015 18:44:19 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14049 It’s been a little over a year since we first met UT literature professors Liz and Alan. They had spent over 30 years living in the same house without doing much to it. The house was showing the wear of 30 years of raising a family and building two successful careers. Most all their neighbors had up...

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Small Businesses Benefit from Financing Solar Projects http://buildnative.com/small-businesses-benefit-from-financing-solar-projects/ http://buildnative.com/small-businesses-benefit-from-financing-solar-projects/#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2015 16:14:46 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=14008 Amicus, a cooperative of the finest independent solar companies across the United States, share experiences on various solar topics with each other each month. For December, Amicus members discussed financing solar options for business owners who want to invest in solar but might not want to pay all...

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A Few of Our Favorite “Green” Things http://buildnative.com/a-few-of-our-favorite-green-things/ http://buildnative.com/a-few-of-our-favorite-green-things/#comments Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:00:16 +0000 http://buildnative.com/?p=13962 Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s wishing you, your family and friends the warmest of holidays and of course delicious food. Just in case the you need a legitimate excuse to get out of an uncomfortable conversation over the holidays we’ve compiled a list of some of our employee’s favorite green products (e...

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