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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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]

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A Macro Market for Micro-CHP?

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July 01, 2008

With rising fuel prices and an electric grid near maximal capacity, the economic benefits of good CHP applications in mulitfamily buildings can be substantial to both the investor and the local utility. [continue reading]

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Advanced Energy's SystemVision

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May 01, 2008

Advanced Energy is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based nonprofit serving as a North Carolina and national resource that focuses on industrial process technologies, motors and drives testing, and applied building science. Its facility houses state-of-the-art laboratories ... [continue reading]

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Erik Norwood

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Huge changes are happening across a variety of industries that will significantly change the way we live. These include the ...

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 ...

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