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Integrative Design

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Kendra Pierre-Louis

"If integrative design makes you think of blue sky brainstorming and unmet expectations,” remarks Alistair Jackson, principal at O’Brien & Company, “this is a new day and it’s time for a new mental model.” [continue reading]

Tracking Your Technicians Can Benefit Business

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Macie Melendez

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Three Keys to a Successful Home Wind Turbine Installation

Three Keys to a Successful Home Wind Turbine Installation

Chip Means

You’ve sold your customer a great energy solution in the form of a small wind turbine, which will give them years of clean power from a vast and plentiful renewable resource. Now you just need to install it. [continue reading]

To Zero and Beyond!

To Zero and Beyond!

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]

The Evolution of Home Energy Management

The Evolution of Home Energy Management

Charlie Hewitt

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Simple Sales Strategies

Simple Sales Strategies

Mike Gorman

Everyone was seated waiting for the train to depart when vendor #1 stood at the front of the car and held up a familiar brand of chocolate candy bars announcing their price. Then he walked through the car and offered a candy bar to each of the passengers. I watched as he sold two candy bars in that group. [continue reading]

The Consequences of Flush Toilets

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Shawna Henderson

So there's lots of excellent work and capacity building going on, and net zero energy, low energy, and high performance houses are being designed and built throughout North America. Innovation and forward thinking abound. It's all very exciting. But there's a place past which most builders, designers, and homeowners will not go: beyond low-flow plumbing fixtures, specifically toilets. Massive infrastructure has made it pretty convenient to not think about the consequences ... [continue reading]

Home Control or Automation?

Home Control or Automation?

Clint Stevens

I have been involved in home automation heavily over the last few years. At my home in Utah, I started by using a Mi Casa Verde and slowly moved over to SmartThings. The path has been long and hard, and littered with various devices, some of which are still in use. Belkin Wemo, Phillips Hue, Revolv, TCP bulbs, and Nest, along with several others make up the pack. Along the way, I’ve come ... [continue reading]

BPI Introduces New BPI.org for Consumers

BPI Introduces New BPI.org for Consumers

Leslie McDowell

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) recently introduced www.bpi.org for consumers, a new interactive website designed to educate homeowners on the value of home performance energy upgrades and the quality of contractors who have earned the BPI GoldStar credential. [continue reading]

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

The Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) recently announced that Executive Director Katrin Klingenberg will formally launch the new PHIUS+ 2015 passive building standard on March 25 at Seattle’s Bullitt Center. [continue reading]

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