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Need More Proof that On Demand Pumps are Cost Effective? Here It Is.
My original post, “How On-Demand Pumps in New Residential Construction Can Pay for Themselves Via the New Home’s Mortgage”, generated a number of queries from readers. [continue reading]
Energy Department Announces Dates and New Contests for Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017 student design competition, which challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive, will take place October 5 – 15, 2017, in Denver, Colorado, Energy Department and Denver officials announced this week. [continue reading]
ACEEE Presents 2016 Champion of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Awards
The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented three Champion of Energy Efficiency awards earlier this week at its 19th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in research and development, energy policy, implementation and deployment, buildings leadership, or lifetime achievement. The winners for 2016 are: Margie Harris: For leading the Energy Trust of Oregon from ... [continue reading]
What's Up in the UK
The infographic below highlights some of the the materials and methods on the cutting edge of building in the U.K., Europe, and the U.S. Some buildings already employing these methods and materials are the world famous Edge Building in Amsterdam and the Crystal in London. Enjoy a look into the future! [continue reading]
Solar Contagion and Lessons for Other Energy Upgrades
What makes solar power contagious, and can home energy upgrades spread the same way? Solar is spreading like a reinvented fire. See the dropping prices, technology improvements, and rapid growth curve in residential solar installations over recent years. Witness the rapid expansion of our work with major companies across the world to purchase solar. Observe the growing and unwavering appeal of solar in, for example, the recent decision by MGM in Nevada to pay a ... [continue reading]
Better Building Codes Empower Utah Homebuyers to Look for Energy Efficiency
Until Aug. 13, many prospective home buyers in Utah were touring new homes during the Salt Lake Parade of Homes and pondering which might be best for them. One important question many were asking is, “What would my energy bills be in this new home versus that one?” [continue reading]
Sustainable Interior Design Predictions: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice
The world of environmentally sustainable interior design (ESID) has been torn asunder by a deep divide between theory and practice for years now. In principle, green home features are widely acclaimed; when it comes to real-life implementation of eco-friendly design projects, however, the picture is not as bright as one might expect. Though green building activity leaped from 35% in 2012 to 40% in 2015, current figures are still far below the real needs for sustainable design. Although there&... [continue reading]
How On-Demand Pumps in New Residential Construction Can Pay for Themselves Via the New Home’s Mortgage
Is it fair to say, “We take residential plumbing for granted? Do we use our plumbing system on a daily basis more than we do our stove or refrigerator?” [continue reading]
Industry and Efficiency Proponents Agree on Big Efficiency Gains for Pool Pumps
Swimming pool owners will see a huge drop in their monthly utility bills thanks to a consensus agreement between industry, efficiency proponents, and other interested parties for the first national energy efficiency standards for pool pumps that was approved July 29 by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advisory committee. [continue reading]
DOE's Race to Zero 2017 – Registration is Open!
The next U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero) will be held April 22-23, 2017, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. [continue reading]