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Macie Melendez

It was during a Double Jeopardy round a couple of weeks ago that I actually realized how much I’ve learned in my Assistant Editor role here at Home Energy. As one (actual) contestant asked for the $1,600 clue under the Architecture category, I waited at home, on my couch, to shout the answer. [continue reading]

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A recent report produced by the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the potential environmental benefit of building reuse. This study, The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, concludes that, "when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction." [continue reading]

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Home Energy: Live On The Air

Home Energy: Live On The Air

Macie Melendez

Last week, Home Energy editor Jim Gunshinan joined architect Paula Baker-Laporte of EcoNest Co. and Bill Haney, president and co-founder of Blu Homes on KPFA 94.1’s green radio show, Terra Verde. They discussed a range of eco- and budget-friendly retrofitting tips, as well as the options for buying new, energy efficient homes. [continue reading]

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