How Net Zero Can Save New England Homeowners Thousands of Dollars

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How Net Zero Can Save New England Homeowners Thousands of Dollars

Data on 20 net zero homes shows significant reduction in monthly energy costs, among other intangible benefits.

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Handling Framing Details in High-Performance Homes

Author: John Tooley
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May 01, 1999

The location and installed integrity of the 3C barrier will dictate the comfort, health, and safety of the home's occupants; the durability of the structure; and the amount of energy required to heat and cool the home. [continue reading]

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Earth Building Takes New Shapes

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May 01, 1999

It takes a long time for even the hottest summer sun to warm up a heavy earthen structure. That's one reason that earth has been a popular building material in hot climates for many centuries and is still common in the sizzling Southwest where I live. [continue reading]

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A California Earthen Home

Author: Mary James
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May 01, 1999

In the Wine Country of Northern California, where July and August daytime temperatures are dependably in the 90s and can top 100°F, building a 6,000 ft2 home and not installing air conditioning seems naive. [continue reading]

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Prefab Utility Walls Save Up-Front Costs

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March 01, 1999

A new product called the Residential Utility Core Wall (ResCore) can save from $500 to more than $2,000 in construction costs for site-built homes. [continue reading]

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The High-Performance House--What Does it Take?

Author: John Tooley
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March 01, 1999

Life is full of bumps and holes. But in a well-constructed house, no bumps or holes should interrupt the boundary between conditioned and unconditioned space or the barrier that prevents air movement between the outside and the inside. [continue reading]

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Southwest Utility Offers Energy Cost Guarantee

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March 01, 1999

Anticipating the greater demand for customer service under electric utility restructuring, Tucson Electric Power (TEP), on April 1, 1997, launched its Heating, Cooling & Comfort Guarantee (TEP Guarantee) home certification program. [continue reading]

How Your Refrigerator Has Kept Its Cool Over 40 Years of Efficiency Improvements

Marianne DiMascio

How Your Refrigerator Has Kept Its Cool Over 40 Years of Efficiency Improvements

One of the great inventions of our time—the modern refrigerator—will get an efficiency makeover when new ...

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

Tom White

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

I was first impressed by Rob Nicely when I heard him speak these words to an audience of builders, designers, ...

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