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Chris Stratton

I recently had the privilege of attending the inaugural U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Challenge Home Student Design Competition, held at the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, CO April 26-29. Twenty-eight teams from universities across the US and Canada competed for awards in categories such as Best Design Solution, Best Technical Integration, and Best Presentation, as well as for the Grand Award for best overall project. [continue reading]

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Over the years I've been working in Thailand I've been involved in all sorts of projects, but what has interested me most is the process of trying to understand the 'rightness' of its traditional buildings, which clearly grow out of their environment, climate and culture. What might this 'rightness' offer to builders today? [continue reading]

ACI National Home Performance Conference 2014 Highlights

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Energy Education Data Jam 2014

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Energy OutWest 2014

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Macie Melendez

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