ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

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ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

In the ideal case of an individual installation, solar panels are mounted on the southern pitch of a roof of buildings with high insolation. (See “Vocabulary” for the definition of insolation and a ...

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Caveat Emptor

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January 01, 2007

Recent cases reveal that the efficiency of a product is sometimes less than meets the eye. In 2006, Consumer Reports tested the LG Energy Star bottom freezer refrigerator, the LG LRFC25750, and discovered that it won&... [continue reading]

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Prefab Home Earns LEED-Platinum

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January 01, 2007

Prefab housing, which was once primarily associated with low-quality manufactured dwellings, is gaining popularity with innovative new modern designs, affordable prices, and green features. One of the companies that specializes in greener prefab houses, LivingHomes, ... [continue reading]

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New Urbanism Village Goes Green

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January 01, 2007

Sonoma Mountain Village, a new infill mixed-use development, will showcase green building and New Urbanist principles, which promote planning and architecture that create human-scale, walkable communities and cities. Located in Rohnert Park, a small city ... [continue reading]

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Multifamily Takes Baby Steps to CHP

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November 06, 2006

While energy prices are at record highs with no relief in sight, building owners and managers of multifamily buildings are investigating ways to reduce energy operating costs for their properties. Besides saving energy, these owners ... [continue reading]

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Boulder Home Pushes for Zero

Author: Elka Karl
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November 01, 2006

The Solar Harvest home, built by Boulder-based Ecofutures Building, Incorporated, has been gaining a lot of recognition lately--and for good reason. By achieving 97.7 out of 100 points in an Energy Star audit, it stands as the ... [continue reading]

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Energy Conservation Code Decoded

Author: Pam Cole and Todd Taylor
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September 11, 2006

        You won’t need your supersecret decoder ring for the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), published in January. The new international code is easier to use and easier ... [continue reading]

Four Factors You Need to Know About Measurement and Calibration

Frank Spevak

Four Factors You Need to Know About Measurement and Calibration

On August 27, The Energy Conservatory (TEC) participated in a webinar titled, “Meeting the RESNET Equipment Calibration Requirements - ...

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Macie Melendez

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Another really hot summer is winding down, with dramatic forest fires capping off a fourth year of drought in the ...

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