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Renu featured on WFMZ-TV Channel 69 News for Solar PV

Posted on: March 12th, 2013 at 9:17 pm0 comments »


On February 26, 2013, WFMZ-TV Channel 69 News interviewed Renu Building & Energy Solutions‘ Brian Baker, Co-Owner | Director of Marketing & Design, regarding the return of state funding in the Pennsylvania Sunshine Rebate Program.  While funds are still available, homeowners and business owners in PA can receive a rebate for up $0.75 per watt of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) up to 10 kW (10,000 watts) and 35% of the total cost of a solar hot water installation.  Further good news is that this rebate is in addition to the available federal incentive – 30% tax credit on the cost of the entire installation.  To watch the segment, please click here.

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Brian Baker elected President of the Lehigh Valley Green Builders

Posted on: February 27th, 2013 at 10:55 pm0 comments »

At the February Board of Directors meeting, Brian Baker (Co-Owner and Director of Marketing & Design at Renu Building & Energy Solutions and studio26 homes) was elected President of the Lehigh Valley Green Builders.  Brian has been an active board member since February of 2007 and also served as Vice President between 2009-2011.  Baker replaces long time President, Ken Ashcom (Lapolla Industries), and he looks forward to working in his new role: “I’m very excited to work alongside some great folks on the LVGB board in this new capacity.  I believe the Lehigh Valley Green Builders has a great opportunity to continue making a positive impact on the built environment throughout our region, as well as expand deeper into some growth opportunities for our organization and its green mission!”

The Lehigh Valley Green Builders is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting Green Building and Renewable Energy throughout the building industry and the public in the Lehigh Valley Region.  Their mission is to promote environmentally responsible design, planning, construction, and operation of the built environment through advocacy, education, outreach, and networking.

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Philly FOX29 features studio26 homes

Posted on: May 31st, 2012 at 12:13 pm0 comments »

On May 18, 2012, Baker Development Group LLC’s sister company to Renu Building & Energy Solutions and new homes division, studio26 homes, was featured on Philadelphia’s FOX 29 special report entitled “Saving Energy, Saving Money”.  In this segment, FOX 29 toured a recently completed high-performance, green home located in the Lehigh Valley, PA interviewing studio26 homes’ Brian Baker as well as the delighted owners of the custom craftsman-styled home.  Click here or on the image below to view the segment.

FOX29 Saving Energy Saving Money

studio26 homes – FOX29 Saving Energy Saving Money

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The Morning Call Outlook 2012 Features Renu

Posted on: April 3rd, 2012 at 7:43 pm0 comments »

Renu Building & Energy Solutions was featured in The Morning Call on March 11, 2012 in the Outlook 2012 – “Bright Ideas” Section.  In the article entitled, “Don’t Let Your House Leak Money: Home Energy-Efficiency ‘A Whole Bunch of Little Steps’”, Brian Baker of Renu Building & Energy Solutions was interviewed to help provide insight for options homeowners may consider when trying to find ways to save energy and money in their existing homes.

The Morning Call - March 11, 2012 - Renu Building & Energy Solutions

The Morning Call - March 11, 2012 - Renu Building & Energy Solutions

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2011 U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon – Univ. of Maryland Selects Renu

Posted on: June 29th, 2011 at 10:15 pm0 comments »



The University of Maryland Solar Decathlon Team selected Renu Building & Energy Solutions to help provide energy performance analysis on their WaterShed home as part of their entry in the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon competition hosted in Washington, DC.

Every few years, the U.S. DOE Solar Decathlon challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive.  The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

Inspired by the Chesapeake Bay ecosystem, the University of Maryland returns to the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon in 2011 with WaterShed—an entry that proposes solutions to water and energy shortages.  The house is a model of how the built environment can help preserve watersheds everywhere by managing storm water onsite, filtering pollutants from greywater, and minimizing water use.  The photovoltaic and solar thermal arrays, effectiveness of the building envelope, and efficiency of the mechanical systems make WaterShed less thirsty for fossil fuels than standard homes.

This is the fourth time the University of Maryland (UMD) has received the honor to compete in the Solar Decathlon.  In 2002, Maryland received a 4th place finish in the inaugural Decathlon, while UMD’s 2005 Decathlon entry won the People’s Choice and Solar Innovation awards.  In 2007, Maryland’s LEAFHouse placed first in the nation and second in the world, won the People’s Choice Award, and received a host of other awards from industry and professional associations.  This year’s WaterShed team is hoping for continued improvement and another top finish.

For those interested in attending the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Decathlon competition in Washington, DC, the event will have a new location at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park, and will run from September 23 – October 2, 2011.

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