Beyond Zero Energy in European Homes
Where is energy efficiency in buildings headed in Europe? Key trends in Germany, Europe's leading construction market, provide useful insight.
Like many states, Maryland has a home performance participation problem. Our residential energy efficiency program, EmPOWER Maryland, provides exceptional incentives to participate in home performance. However, fewer than 1% of eligible homes have participated. Our customers ... [continue reading]
Although our federal government is notorious for bad decision making (or no decision making), sometimes it does good work. One example is Energy Star. Energy Star, a federal certification program with many facets, is one ... [continue reading]
One man's history of HERS from the beginning to now. [continue reading]
Over the past 17 years, more than 1.4 million new homes have been certified to earn EPA’s Energy Star label. The Energy Star Certified Homes program, together with its thousands of partners, has transformed the ... [continue reading]
DOE's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP) was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Initially, DOE made 25 awards to local governmental or nonprofit organizations in amounts ranging from $1.2 million to $40 million. Nine ... [continue reading]
Smart building design and construction professionals know that a building is more than a sum of its parts—it&...
I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge ...