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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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]

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Wireless Boom

Author: Wanzhu Du
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January 09, 2008

Global warming is a hot topic in today’s news. People are seeking ways to save energy and protect the environment. Reducing household energy consumption is one effective way to slow the trend toward ... [continue reading]

Home Control or Automation?

Clint Stevens

Home Control or Automation?

I have been involved in home automation heavily over the last few years. At my home in Utah, I started ...

BPI Introduces New BPI.org for Consumers

Leslie McDowell

BPI Introduces New BPI.org for Consumers

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) recently introduced www.bpi.org for consumers, a new interactive website designed to educate ...

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