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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
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]
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 ...