ZNE – Guaranteed Zero Energy Bill Home Completed and For Sale

ZNE Home - Oakland

Zero Energy Bill?  That’s right!  We are so confident in our new home build in the Oakland Hills that we are guaranteeing zero energy bills.  In fact, if there are any energy bills, we will pay them for the first three years!  So how can we do that?   High performance all electric design, perfect […]

Air Quality in California Homes


Facts about air quality that may surprise you In general, indoor air quality is worse than outdoor air quality Ambient air pollution is related to 130,000 deaths per year in the United States The 7 most polluted cities in the country (based on year-round particle pollution) are all in California! (source) So, we know there’s a problem. But […]

2015 Highest Energy Saver Award


We at Eco Performance Builders are proud to announce that we have won the 2015 Highest Energy Saver Award! This award, granted by PG&E’s Home Upgrade program, signifies that during 2015 we achieved the highest average energy savings for home performance retrofit projects performed by contractors in the PG&E area. The statistics for the award are based on […]

Meeting the Demands of the Grid


One of the toughest challenges in the energy business today is that of peak-hours electricity demand. We’ve all experienced or at least heard about the rolling blackouts, and the increased price of electricity used during peak hours (or “time-of-use” rates). On the surface, it’s a simple matter of not having enough power output to meet […]

SB-350: Building the Future of Energy Efficiency in California


  In September 2015, California legislature passed SB-350: the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act, also referred to as the 50/50/50 plan. There are two main goals for this plan (originally there were three, until the oil companies got involved). Objective 1: (quoting directly from the bill) To increase from 33 percent to 50 percent, the procurement […]

Energy Upgrade Financing in the CA Bay Area

In the California bay area, energy and water efficiency are more important, and more available, than ever before. The CaliforniaFirst PACE financing program now covers nearly all cities in the bay area (Concord was recently added to the list). Eco Performance Builders is an approved contractor for this program. We’ve used this program already with […]

2014 Contractor of the Year – Energy Upgrade California!

Contractor of the Year - Eco Performance Builders

Our second Contractor of the Year Award for 2014 is the prestigious Energy Upgrade California (EUC) “Contractor of the Year” award.  We are sincerely honored to receive this award.  There are over 250 contractors in the EUC program; to be recognized as the best is AWESOME!.  We are grateful to be given the opportunity to […]

ZNE Home With Guaranteed $0 Energy Bills — Built and Sold by EPB


  We have completed and sold our ZNE (Zero Net Energy) build in the Montclair Hills.  We are very excited about this build because it is the culmination of everything we have learned from decades of building and retrofitting homes.  We have put our heart and soul into it and made it the best performing, […]

Home Performance Contractor of the Year Award – Eco Performance Builders

Home Performance Contractor of the Year Award

“We are excited and proud to say that Eco Performance Builders has received the Build-it-Green Home Performance Contractor of the Year award! It is very hard work but so very satisfying. We are now even more motivated to help folks reduce energy consumption, reduce residential energy’s impact on the environment, make homes comfortable, increase air […]

Energy Upgrade California Rebate Program Changes


In August 2014, the Energy Upgrade California (EUC) rebate program made two major changes. THE GOOD NEWS: The rebate now has a higher maximum amount, part of which is a direct result of actual energy savings. The potential rebate now ranges from $1000-$6500, whereas previously it was capped at $4500. We use energy modeling software […]

Cool Roofs Cost-Effectiveness and Environmental Impact


Are cool roofs cost-effective? The short answer is maybe, in warmer climates. Cool roofs are ideal for large, single-story, low-slope or flat roof buildings in hot climates. Commercial buildings are generally the best candidate for this, but residential buildings can benefit too. To find out if a cool roof will be cost-effective for your home […]

Market Value of Energy Efficient Homes

Front View

  Can I sell my “Green” energy Efficient Home for more??? – Absolutely, if done right. Financial incentives, rising utility prices, and increased public awareness of the need for energy conservation have opened up the market for energy efficient homes.  Everyone would like an energy efficient home and now more than ever it is not […]

Eco Performance Builders is Building a Zero Net Energy Home in Oakland

Energy Efficient Home Marketing

Eco Performance Builders is building a new Zero Net Energy home in the Oakland Hills and we are really excited about it.  What is a Zero Net Energy (ZNE) home?  Well, in this case it is a home that won’t have utility charged electricity or gas.  How are we going to do this?  We will […]

Wall Insulation Video

  Check out ‘Insulation” Bill spraying dense pack cellulose wall insulation in an unfinished wall. Having open stud cavities is a great opportunity to spray in dense packed cellulose. Although not as ideal, it is still possible to install cellulose insulation to a wall that still has the drywall on and has no pre-existing insulation […]

Home Performance in Lafayette

Jordan Shively Eco Performance Builders will be at the LafayetteLibrary on June 14 to speak aboutHome Performance.   At 7:00 pm on Thursday, June  14 Eco Performance Builders will be at the Art and Science Discovery Center in the Lafayette Library. We will be speaking about the benefits  of Home Performance and the $4,000 in cash […]