Beyond Building: Training for the Green-Collar Economy

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Beyond Building: Training for the Green-Collar Economy

Ely Flores, a 2005 graduate of a YouthBuild program in Los Angeles, is a Grid Alternatives outreach manager and works with low-income families to install solar panels to reduce their home energy costs. At Greenbuild 2012 in ...

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Accidentally Breaking a CFL - Is It Mayhem?

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November 02, 2011

Many media stories brought to the public's attention that fluorescent lights contain elemental mercury, which is a toxic metal. This raises a question about potential harm within your home and the homes of your ... [continue reading]

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Colorado Builders Learn to Speak German Standards

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November 02, 2011

Oakwood Homes, LLC, has been building Energy Star — certified houses since 2002. Through construction of their homes, they have been committed to educating construction managers and trade partners about house-as-a-system building science. Year by year, ... [continue reading]

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Branding Our Industry - The Need for Consensus

Author: Peter Troast
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November 02, 2011

News flash: The home performance industry hasn't reached the mainstream. We've been slogging away for 25 years or more, making families happy and homes healthy. But the perceived value of our work has yet to reach critical mass in the general populace. [continue reading]

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Bailey Family Earns Bragging Rights

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November 02, 2011

Our attempt to improve the energy efficiency of our home began in 2008, after the electrical portion of our utility bill soared over $400. We had long been resigned to a steep energy bill, in part because ... [continue reading]

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Driving Demand for Home Energy Improvements

Author: Various Authors
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September 04, 2011

Looking across 30 years of energy efficiency programs that have targeted the residential market, we find that many of the same issues that confronted past program administrators are relevant today. [continue reading]

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The Learning Curve of Living Green

Author: Erin Mathe
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September 04, 2011

Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy and launched the Home Energy Squad to help homeowners make snap, yet sound, decisions when it comes to saving energy. [continue reading]

How Your Refrigerator Has Kept Its Cool Over 40 Years of Efficiency Improvements

Marianne DiMascio

How Your Refrigerator Has Kept Its Cool Over 40 Years of Efficiency Improvements

One of the great inventions of our time—the modern refrigerator—will get an efficiency makeover when new ...

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

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Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

I was first impressed by Rob Nicely when I heard him speak these words to an audience of builders, designers, ...

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