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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PG&E Climate Solutions

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January 01, 2008

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]

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Defining a Zero Energy Capable Home

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January 01, 2008

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]

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Reducing Greenhouse Gases from Middle-Class Homes

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January 01, 2008

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]

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Moving Toward Carbon Neutrality

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January 01, 2008

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]

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Passive House Takes Root in the United States

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January 01, 2008

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]

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Germany's Efficient Homes

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January 01, 2008

German energy agency, dena's, Efficient Homes project is tapping into substantial energy savings through the retrofits of existing buildings. [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

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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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