Comparing Eight Cold-Climate PH Envelopes

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Comparing Eight Cold-Climate PH Envelopes

Passive Houses with different wall systems are studied to see what their life cycle energy and carbon savings are compared to conventionally built homes.

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Energy Stars Shine on Manufactured Homes

Author: Tom Sluis
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July 01, 1998

It was only a matter of time before Energy Star labels spread from mass-produced home appliances to mass-produced homes--a green logo stuck inside the front window that tells people that the home is at least 30% more efficient than one that just barely complies with the Model Energy Code (MEC). [continue reading]

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Foam Forms Bring Concrete Results

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July 01, 1998

Sales of insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are growing over 50% per year, and last year an estimated 4,000 houses were built with ICFs. [continue reading]

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ICFs and HERS: Guaranteed Performance, Easy Financing

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July 01, 1998

For the last 10 years, Reward Wall Systems, a manufacturer of insulating concrete forms (ICFs) in Omaha, Nebraska, has offered an energy guarantee: their ICFs save homeowners 70% on heating and cooling compared to the 1992 Model Energy Code (MEC), or Reward pays 110% of the difference in energy costs. [continue reading]

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Efficient Plans Run Into Reality

Author: Lori Marsh
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July 01, 1998

In the summer of 1996, I signed on the dotted line and set in motion the construction of my dream home. This was not my first experience with home ownership, but it was my first time having a home built. [continue reading]

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Affordable Housing: Efficient and Educational

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May 01, 1998

Housing cannot be truly affordable unless it is affordable to live in. A new low-income housing development in Chicago, called Parkside Estates, uses energy-saving technologies to lower operating costs without increasing purchase price. [continue reading]

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High-Efficiency Homes: Moving Markets, Updating Codes

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May 01, 1998

Builder education takes many forms. One of the most effective ways for builders to learn new techniques is to walk a construction site ask questions. When the site turns into a home where residents feel comfortable and save money, the students use the techniques they learned. [continue reading]

Water Heaters Get an Efficiency Makeover Courtesy of DOE

Marianne DiMascio

Water Heaters Get an Efficiency Makeover Courtesy of DOE

From the rustic 1850s pump shower to the 1920s Humphrey automatic to today’s modern ...

Number of Certified Passive House Square Meters Reaches One Million Mark

Benjamin Wünsch

Number of Certified Passive House Square Meters Reaches One Million Mark

Building owners throughout the world are increasingly turning to the Passive House standard. This past autumn, the number of square ...

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