California's Owner-Builder Movement
Living Simply Before Tiny Houses
In 1993, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) invited building scientists, architects, and engineers to take part in a program, called Building America, that would bring highly efficient, super-comfortable homes into the mainstream market. [continue reading]
In April 1997, the city of Irvine, California, launched a voluntary program to improve the energy efficiency of new homes built in this planned Orange County community (see "Improving Ducts in Southern California," HE Nov/Dec '97, p. 11). [continue reading]
Ryan Homes of New York recently built a prototype single-family home that sets a new standard for affordable, energy- and resource-efficient buildings-and has the data to prove [continue reading]
Many builders still consider environmentally sensitive design to be an impediment, not an opportunity. However, they are willing to learn more about environmental and energy issues, especially when it allows them to reduce costs. [continue reading]
I have devised an action plan for policymakers, planners, and manufacturers who are approaching developers and want them to become better at green building. [continue reading]
Residential energy efficiency (EE) receives relatively little attention compared to major projects like the retrofit of the Empire State Building ...
On August 27, The Energy Conservatory (TEC) participated in a webinar titled, “Meeting the RESNET Equipment Calibration Requirements - ...