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.
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]
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]
Huge changes are happening across a variety of industries that will significantly change the way we live. These include the ...
While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...