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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A Model Cold Climate House

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Most houses built in Alaska today are the product of slight modifications to designs imported from milder climates. Such designs seldom perform well in Alaska. [continue reading]

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January 01, 2008

Widespread attention is now finally being paid to global warming, and many homeowners want to know how they can reduce their personal contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. They know that they must do much more ... [continue reading]

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It is abundantly clear that the building sector is a primary contributor of climate-changing pollutants to the environment. Knowing this, we must decide how best to square our building energy needs with those of our ... [continue reading]

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Zero Peak Homes: Real Homes, Real Savings

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January 01, 2008

A net-zero energy home (ZEH) has become a familiar construct to most Home Energy readers. But what we at the Building Industry Research Alliance (BIRA) have learned as we have worked to make this concept ... [continue reading]

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Author: David Blanke
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San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is a regulated public utility that has been supplying natural gas and electric service to the San Diego region since 1881. SDG&E currently serves 3.4 million consumers ... [continue reading]

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

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