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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Legislative Paths to Energy Efficiency - The Northeast Saga

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January 02, 2009

Rising energy costs, climate change, and shifts in utility pricing are driving a new round of energy legislation at the state level. Many states decided to move ahead on new legislation to mitigate the effects ... [continue reading]

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Raters Offer Time and Talent to Habitat for Humanity

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January 02, 2009

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET), Building America, and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to recruit certified home energy raters willing to volunteer rating services to a Habitat affiliate in their area. When a rater ... [continue reading]

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The Long Island Green Homes Program

Author: Rich Manning
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November 06, 2008

It all started early last December with a phone call from a homeowner who wanted an estimate on insulating his home. My son Josh and I are building performance contractors and do Energy Star home ... [continue reading]

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Near Net Zero Energy House

Author: Wendy Forbes
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November 06, 2008

Results are in for a full year of energy generation and use at the Near Net Zero Energy house, in Colrain, Massachusetts, developed and built by Rural Development, Incorporated, (RDI) of Turners Falls, Massachusetts (see &... [continue reading]

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Fixing California's Existing Homes

Author: Steve Mann
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November 06, 2008

In 1999, California adopted the first phase of its HERS program. Unlike HERS programs in the rest of the country, which generally focus on whole-house analysis, the California program focuses on field verification and testing of ... [continue reading]

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First U.S. Retrofit to Passive House Standards

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November 06, 2008

A San Francisco Bay Area row house is launched to a high standard of whole-house performance, comfort, and beauty. [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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