Are you ready to create a healthy, comfortable, carbon-free space? So are we! We’re focusing our efforts on one community-wide, zero-emissions goal we call the “Path to Zero.” It’s a streamlined platform we’ve developed to help you zero-out fossil fuels and carbon emissions in the built environment.

How Does It Work?

Path to Zero is based on the concept of net-zero buildings — the kind that generate as much energy as they consume. That means zero carbon emissions — yahoo! But what does it take to get there? We’ve broken it down into five net-zero steps that apply to any building, whether new construction or remodel of a home, business or facility:

  1. Assess + ease in: Start by evaluating the energy performance of your space with an energy assessment and then tackling the low-hanging fruit of efficiency, like smart thermostats and LED lighting. This is available to everyone, including renters.
  2. Tighten building envelope: Shore up your space by sealing drafts and insulating walls, attics, and crawl spaces to make the most of the heating and cooling you’re already paying for.
  3. Electrify mechanicals: Get off of fossil fuels (natural gas and propane) and onto electricity by switching your appliances and mechanical systems to all-electric.
  4. Power renewable: Tap renewable electricity sources like solar, wind, and geothermal to heat and power your space.
  5. Drive change: Take it next level through battery storage and electric vehicle charging at home or work.

We understand that this transition can be complicated and, at some stages, expensive, which is why we exist. Our mission as a nonprofit is to make carbon-free living easier on you and your wallet. 

“With the Path to Zero, we want to support and empower the community to transition to net-zero buildings,” says Marty Treadway, CORE Program Director, and architect of the new program. “By connecting you to our free energy advising, incentives, and resources, we can help you get to low or no carbon, no matter where you’re starting.”

By design, the program has multiple entry points — for the newbie or the grandmaster. And the strategies and rebates apply to all; renters, homeowners, business owners, facility managers, nonprofits, and institutions can all take part.

Smart Energy. Less Carbon. More Living.

As CORE’s first executive director, the late Randy Udall famously said: “When we put intelligence in a building, it uses less energy.” His words are as true today as they were 20 years ago. Smart energy makes better buildings: healthier, cozier, and safer. Over the long run, they are more affordable to operate, consume fewer fossil fuels, and emit less carbon. It’s a win-win: your space can take care of you — and the environment. 

Let’s Get Going!

A better life starts with a better space. Tell us about your project in the form below. The second you hit submit, we’re on the job connecting you to our free energy advising, incentives and resources. We can’t wait to get going with you.

If you have any issues with our form, please email or call us  (970-925-9775) and we will help you.