Mary James

Mary James is the publisher at Low Carbon Productions and former publisher of Home Energy. She is the author of several Passive House books, available for purchase at Home Energy's store.

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SolarSmart Homes Sell Faster

Author: Mary James
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January 01, 2008

The housing industry may be in a slump in parts of the country, but in and around Sacramento, California, one type of housing is selling at twice the rate of its competitors—the SolarSmart ... [continue reading]

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Editorial: The Carbon Neutrality Challenge

Author: Mary James
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January 01, 2008

Home Energy has been promoting solutions that reduce the energy use of buildings for 25 years. We have been speaking to, and with, a passionate, but small, community of like-minded energy-conscious individuals. This community is suddenly ... [continue reading]

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Interview with Passive House Pioneer

Author: Mary James
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March 03, 2011

(Passivhaus Institut) Mary James, author of two books on Passive Houses, conducts an exclusive interview with Wolfgang Feist, scientific director of the Passivhaus Institut (PHI) in Darmstadt, Germany, and now also professor of building physics ... [continue reading]

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Utilities Unplug Efficiency Programs

Author: Mary James
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January 01, 1999

Between 1993 and 1997, U.S. utilities cut their combined investment in energy-saving programs by 45%--or $736 million--largely in response to industry deregulation. [continue reading]

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States Ignore Building Codes

Author: Mary James
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January 01, 1999

The International Code Council released its 1998 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) last spring (see "Energy Code Goes International," Sept/Oct '98, p. 7), but don't expect to see these codes affecting construction in your state soon. [continue reading]

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Wisconsin Utilities Prime the Whole-House Pump

Author: Mary James
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January 01, 1999

The whole-house concept represents a shift from an exclusive focus on efficiency to a broader focus on a home's health and safety, comfort, durability, and energy efficiency. [continue reading]

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Contractor's Marketing Success

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January 01, 1999

Many contractors have heard of the energy-efficient mortgage (EEM)--a government-sponsored financing tool that allows home buyers to roll the cost of retrofitting their homes with cost-effective, energy-efficient features into a mortgage. [continue reading]

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Energy Tax Credit May Materialize

Author: Mary James
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March 01, 1999

If the proposed Climate Mitigation Tax Credit Bill surmounts numerous congressional hurdles, taxpayers may be able to claim tax credits for energy efficient heating and cooling systems, cars and light trucks, and even superefficient new homes. [continue reading]

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Combating Sneaky Electricity Consumers

Combating Sneaky Electricity Consumers

Mary James

You bought the new computer for yourself, the game module for your kids, those great new lamps that really brighten up the living room; then, one day you noticed your utility bill had really jumped.  Using less heat and shivering through November didn’t cut it. Welcome to the brave new world of energy use in your home.  Traditionally, heating and cooling, along with water heating, have consumed most of the energy ... [continue reading]

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