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.
In July 2007, Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) hosted the Affordable Comfort, Incorporated, (ACI) summit “Moving Existing Homes Toward Carbon Neutrality.” The summit brought together 99 motivated experts, mostly from the United ... [continue reading]
On August 10, 2006, the city council of Austin, Texas, passed a resolution creating a task force that would work to make all new locally built single-family homes zero energy capable by 2015. The task of implementing this ... [continue reading]
In 1998 the Canadian federal government signed on to the Kyoto Protocol with a stated goal of reducing national greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 6% below 1990 levels by 2012. This is a difficult level to achieve, and every ... [continue reading]
In July 2007, Affordable Comfort, Incorporated, (ACI) convened a summit in San Francisco, which was called “Moving Existing Homes Toward Carbon Neutrality.” The goal of the summit was to create and clarify a vision ... [continue reading]
It is abundantly clear that the building sector is a primary contributor of climate-changing pollutants to the environment. Knowing this, we must decide how best to square our building energy needs with those of our ... [continue reading]
I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge ...
The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the release of a new online simulation tool that provides free, targeted ...