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New Solar Homes Partnership

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March 20, 2007

A unique blend of energy-efficient solar homes will emerge in California’s new-home marketplace in 2007, under the California Energy Commission’s New Solar Homes Partnership. “Our program is intended to transform the ... [continue reading]

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HERS Inspections of New Homes

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March 20, 2007

The New Solar Home Partnership (NSHP) is a ten-year, $350 million program to subsidize PV systems in new homes. The NSHP, which is being implemented by the California Energy Commission (CEC), offers performance-based rebates for PV ... [continue reading]

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Maximizing the Benefits of Zero-Energy Homes

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March 19, 2007

There is an emerging trend in energy programs for new homes to shift from a focus on the use of individual high-performance components to a focus on overall home performance. Key examples of this trend ... [continue reading]

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Solar-Design Tools for Green Building

Author: Bion Howard
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March 19, 2007

Thousands of residential solar buildings, including many that use multiple solar technologies, have been built in the United States since the 1940s. Today, residential solar-energy applications tend to favor PV electric systems, passive-solar or climate-responsive ... [continue reading]

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Energy Efficiency and Solar Electricity Go Hand in Hand

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March 19, 2007

While zero-energy homes (ZEHs) are still more of a goal than a reality, near-zero-energy homes—those that produce as much electricity, but not quite as much total energy, as the residents consume—are ... [continue reading]

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Efficient, Comfortable Homes Make Satisfied Buyers

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March 10, 2007

Rising energy prices, coupled with increased public awareness, have fueled demand for more energy-efficient homes. Many builders have responded by qualifying their new homes for the Energy Star label. Others have gone beyond Energy Star ... [continue reading]

Sudden, Unexpected Blessing

Jim Gunshinan

Sudden, Unexpected Blessing

When I received an email from Larry Zarker of BPI, informing me that I had been inducted into the BPI ...

Energy Use Patterns in Off-Grid Houses: It's All About the Energy Budget, Right?

Shawna Henderson

Energy Use Patterns in Off-Grid Houses: It's All About the Energy Budget, Right?

I grew up on the West Coast of Canada, and I have had the good fortune to spend lots of ...

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