ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

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ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

In the ideal case of an individual installation, solar panels are mounted on the southern pitch of a roof of buildings with high insolation. (See “Vocabulary” for the definition of insolation and a ...

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Energy Codes Shaping Insurance Rates

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May 01, 2006

        If you haven’t already heard of the Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP), we are a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote the adoption and implementation ... [continue reading]

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Tax Credits, Anyone?

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May 01, 2006

        In 2005, Congress passed, and the president signed into law, the 2005 Energy Policy Act (EPAct). One provision of this act is a $2,000 per home business tax credit for builders who ... [continue reading]

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Spotlight on Daylighting

Author: Ira Krepchin
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May 01, 2006

        Daylighting systems, which use natural lighting to supplement electric lighting, have the potential to cut energy use, reduce peak demand, and create a more desirable indoor environment, yet these ... [continue reading]

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Cheaper, Easier CFL Downlighting

Author: E Source
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May 01, 2006

        The use of downlights in the residential market is increasing, yet energy-efficient CFL downlights have not been widely accepted or adopted by residential builders and homeowners. That’s ... [continue reading]

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Radiant Heating and Cooling Made Simple

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March 02, 2006

        Conventional hydronic radiant floor (HRF) heating systems offer significant comfort and efficiency benefits compared to conventional forced air systems. Comfort is improved by delivering heat low, where the people ... [continue reading]

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Cool-Colored Roofs

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March 02, 2006

        Cool roofs cut cooling loads by up to 20% through the use of reflective materials that limit solar heat gain.A conventional cool roof features light-colored surfaces—shades that ... [continue reading]

Deploying Residential Energy Efficiency: Barriers and Potential

Brad Penney

Deploying Residential Energy Efficiency: Barriers and Potential

Residential energy efficiency (EE) receives relatively little attention compared to major projects like the retrofit of the Empire State Building ...

Four Factors You Need to Know About Measurement and Calibration

Frank Spevak

Four Factors You Need to Know About Measurement and Calibration

On August 27, The Energy Conservatory (TEC) participated in a webinar titled, “Meeting the RESNET Equipment Calibration Requirements - ...

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