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Ann Edminster

The Net-Zero Energy Coalition convened the second Net-Zero North American Leadership Summit from March 3–5 as part of NESEA’s blockbuster BuildingEnergy15 conference. Summit participants gathered to share experience and collaborate on strategies to accelerate the development of net-zero energy buildings and communities across the continent. Kicked off with an inspirational address from Massachusetts State Senator Jamie Eldridge, the Summit created dialogue among federal, state, and city officials, major utilities, non-profits, education institutions, and ... [continue reading]

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Charlie Hewitt

In the hierarchy of dreaded activities, reviewing the monthly electricity bill ranks alongside stepping on the bathroom scale. As with most bills, the primary focus is typically on the amount due. The number of kilowatt-hours consumed receives only a secondary glance. However, understanding the details behind the monthly usage may yield opportunities for reducing your energy bill. [continue reading]

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Mike Gorman

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PHIUS to Launch North American Passive Building Standard at Event in Seattle

PHIUS to Launch North American Passive Building Standard at Event in Seattle

Mike Knezovich

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Energy Code Enforcement is Part of the Foundation

Energy Code Enforcement is Part of the Foundation

Caitriona Cooke

Smart building design and construction professionals know that a building is more than a sum of its parts—it’s a complex system. For example, a poorly designed HVAC system can turn an otherwise efficient home into an energy hog. The understanding that a home is a complex system is reflected in today’s building codes, and proper compliance ensures that we’re building better energy performance into the process from ... [continue reading]

Why I Love Dumb, Passive Do-Nothing Houses

Why I Love Dumb, Passive Do-Nothing Houses

Shawna Henderson

I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge of making do with the site and the microclimates that a house can be tucked into, the available solar gain, the building envelope. The minimal interjection of technology to maintain comfort has always been appealing to me, mainly because I'm selectively cheap and lazy. I don't want to do anything that costs ... [continue reading]

Join DOE for a Webinar on Home Energy Score

Join DOE for a Webinar on Home Energy Score

Joan Glickman

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the release of a new online simulation tool that provides free, targeted training and testing to individuals interested in providing the Home Energy Score – a standard energy efficiency assessment and score generated only by qualifying professionals. The Home Energy Score Simulation Training (the Sim) lets candidates walk through different virtual homes with numerous combinations of energy-related characteristics. The Sim trains candidates on skills specifically required to ... [continue reading]

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