Beyond Zero Energy in European Homes

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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.

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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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Canada Builds It Right

Author: Elka Karl
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March 02, 2006

A new development in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada, uses seasonal solar storage to heat its homes year-round. [continue reading]

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Sacramento's Zero-Energy Home Community

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March 02, 2006

The first step in designing a zero-energy home is to significantly reduce the home's overall energy use. The rest is fairly easy. [continue reading]

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Green Building on a Tight Budget

Author: Elka Karl
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January 01, 2006

An innovative program in Austin, Texas, uses common sense ideas to build affordable green houses while providing job skills for disadvantaged youth. [continue reading]

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The Challenges of Basement Insulation

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January 01, 2006

A study explored how effective interior insulation systems are at keeping basements dry as well as warm. [continue reading]

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Ventilating Small Chicago Homes

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January 01, 2006

Because the affordable Chicago homes are airtight, builders were especially concerned with providing adequate ventilation and good indoor air quality. [continue reading]

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Mariel Wolfson

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Carl Taylor

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...

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