Solterre Passive House Concept Cottage

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Solterre Passive House Concept Cottage

Last summer, I took a drive from Halifax down to Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, to check out Solterre Design’s Concept Cottage. The house looks like it’s been there for a few ...

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Near Net Zero Energy House

Author: Wendy Forbes
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November 06, 2008

Results are in for a full year of energy generation and use at the Near Net Zero Energy house, in Colrain, Massachusetts, developed and built by Rural Development, Incorporated, (RDI) of Turners Falls, Massachusetts (see &... [continue reading]

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Durable, Energy Efficient Dome Homes

Author: Carol Lanham
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November 06, 2008

What if thinking outside the box meant literally getting out of the rectangular boxes that most of us call home? [continue reading]

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Mining Platinum in Arizona

Author: Don Joslin
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September 07, 2008

Platinum certification is the highest green-rating achievable in the LEED for Homes program. This means a net zero energy, net zero carbon and net zero water home that is comfortable, healthy, beautiful, and sustainable. [continue reading]

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Toward an Affordable Zero-Energy Home

Author: Robb Aldrich
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September 07, 2008

Rural Development, Incorporated (RDI) is recognized nationally as a leader in developing and building sustainable and affordable housing; part of RDI’s mission is to provide efficient, healthy, affordable homes to residents of Franklin ... [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]

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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