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The Use of Energy Labels in Two European Countries

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March 09, 2008

Since the energy crisis of the 1970s, and especially since the 1990s, when climate change and energy consumption became strongly linked, North America and Western Europe have focused on saving energy in the building sector. ... [continue reading]

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Modeling Smart Homes

Author: Aaron Ewerdt
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March 09, 2008

When Solaris Home Systems was founded in Chicago in 2003, our main focus was home automation systems—lighting, HVAC, security, entertainment, and so on. We quickly realized that home automation systems could do more than ... [continue reading]

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Real-Time Pricing: Will a Glowing Orb Lead the Way?

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March 05, 2008

The nation's first large-scale real-time pricing program began in 2003 in the metropolitan Chicago area. It's credited with a 3% decrease in customer energy use in the summer. [continue reading]

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A HERS for Carbon?

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March 01, 2008

While carbon emissions,greenhouse gases, and carbon footprint have become well-known terms of widespread concern, the notion of carbon-neutral building might have more people turning to the Internet for a definition. [continue reading]

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A Sustainable House for the Canadian Arctic

Author: Bill Semple
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March 01, 2008

Many housing models that have been introduced in the north do not adequately reflect the culture and lifestyle of northern peoples or communities. [continue reading]

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Move Over, Jetsons

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January 27, 2008

Prefab, manufactured, modular homes. What do these words make you think of? Ultramodern Buckminster Fuller spaceship like dwelling solutions for ultramodern people, and shiny, hard surfaces—a far cry from living in cooperation with ... [continue reading]

Integrative Design

Kendra Pierre-Louis

Integrative Design

"If integrative design makes you think of blue sky brainstorming and unmet expectations,” remarks Alistair Jackson, principal ...

Tracking Your Technicians Can Benefit Business

Macie Melendez

Tracking Your Technicians Can Benefit Business

Customers don’t like waiting around for service—especially when it comes to home repairs. In their 2014 Customer ...

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