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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Cool Home Features Bring Peak Energy Savings

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July 01, 1999

To test the feasibility of building new single-family homes that cut air conditioning use to a minimum, researchers here at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) recently built a 2,425 ft2 home in central Florida using many proven energy-saving building strategies, along with a 4 kW photovoltaic (PV) array that could meet most of the home's daytime electrical demand. [continue reading]

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Virginia Builder Reaps Success with Healthy Houses

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July 01, 1999

In the early 1990s, Virginia builder Jay Epstein barely cracked double digits when it came to annual house sales. But in 1999 Epstein, the president of Newport News-based Gabriel Enterprises Incorporated, expects to build and sell well over 100 new homes. [continue reading]

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Program Assesses Contractor Work in California

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May 01, 1999

A new project will use building diagnostic equipment and techniques to assess the installation quality of energy features in new California homes. [continue reading]

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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]

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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