Energy-Saving Strategies - Think Again

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Energy-Saving Strategies - Think Again

The rules regarding home energy savings are changing. New technologies and shifting realities are showing us that many of the old energy-saving dictums are now obsolete. If, for instance, you look at the top energy-saving ...

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Performance Metrics

Author: Thomas Scali
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July 01, 2008

It is time to completely rethink the way we measure home and building efficiency. We hear a lot these days about buildings being certified as “green” or about major infrastructure changes intended to ... [continue reading]

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The Spanish Sun

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July 01, 2008

With a name nearly synonymous with sun, Spain has become one of the European Union’s top vacation destinations. The tourism industry has taken a liking to Spain’s fair-weather resources, but with ... [continue reading]

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Choosing Solar from the Start

Author: Mike Hall
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July 01, 2008

At Borrego Solar Systems, we hear quite a bit about people retrofitting their homes with solar power arrays, but what about those people who are thinking of going solar even before they purchase a home? ... [continue reading]

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Serious Materials Rocks

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July 01, 2008

Gypsum. It’s not just for Twinkies. The mineral, a semi hydrous form of calcium sulfate, with many uses from Plaster of Paris to Chinese Medicine and even Twinkies, is mined all over the ... [continue reading]

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Efficient Dwelling - Small is Beautiful

Author: Shay Salomon
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July 01, 2008

North Americans have quickly become the most-housed people in the history of humanity. The average detached single-family house built today has almost 2,500 square feet of floor area, and fewer than three people live in it. ... [continue reading]

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Reducing Refrigerator Power During Peak Hours

Author: Greg Ward
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July 01, 2008

Refrigerators consume about 14% of the total energy in the average U.S. household. While this may not be a very large figure, it is large enough that if most homes could cycle off their refrigerators ... [continue reading]

Energy Code Enforcement is Part of the Foundation

Caitriona Cooke

Energy Code Enforcement is Part of the Foundation

Smart building design and construction professionals know that a building is more than a sum of its parts—it&...

Why I Love Dumb, Passive Do-Nothing Houses

Shawna Henderson

Why I Love Dumb, Passive Do-Nothing Houses

I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge ...

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