The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

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The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

The debate on how best to treat crawl spaces has gone on for decades, and the building codes regulating crawl space design have constantly evolved. For a long time the entrenched thinking was to rely ...

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Hummingbird House: Design for Everyone Part II

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March 01, 2010

This is the second part of a conversation with Leslie Jackson, Associate Editor, and Larry Weingarten, a water heater expert and Renaissance guy. His solar-powered structural insulated panels (SIPs) house combines ordinary materials with extraordinary design. [continue reading]

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HERS Rater Helps Rebuild Greensburg, Kansas

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March 01, 2010

Brian Wendland is a HERS rater and his sonAaron Wendland is a student at Pratt University, working towards a degree in biology with an emphasis on environmental biology. You’ve all heard news and ... [continue reading]

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ACI Leader Helen Perrine Retiring

Author: Ann Belser
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March 01, 2010

It was two weeks into Jimmy Carter’s presidency in 1977 that the Georgian donned a sweater on national television and said there was a permanent energy shortage, so we should all turn down our ... [continue reading]

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The Cost of Solar Photovoltaic Systems Fell in 2008

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January 08, 2010

Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory released a new study on the installed costs of solar photovoltaic (PV ) power systems in the U.S., showing that the average cost ... [continue reading]

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Enterprise Green Communities

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January 08, 2010

Enterprise Green Communities provides financial support and technical expertise to enable developers to build and rehabilitate homes that are healthier, more energy efficient and better for the environment on a cost-effective basis. The organization has ... [continue reading]

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Tree Shading

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January 08, 2010

The relationship between tree shading and summertime home energy consumption has long been a topic of interest, and has been the subject of many simulations and small-scale studies. A recent study, led by Geoffrey Donovan, ... [continue reading]

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Mariel Wolfson

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Carl Taylor

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...

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