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    Shadyside Passive House

    Shadyside Passive House

    By Laura Nettleton

    The Victorian house in the Shadyside neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, had been re-muddled several times and was in dilapidated condition. Thoughtful Balance (TB), a ...
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    What the 2015 IECC Means for Contractors and Home Buyers

    What the 2015 IECC Means for Contractors and Home Buyers

    By Kim Tanner

    The latest International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) sets a high bar for residential energy efficiency, and slowly but surely states are moving toward more ...
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    Health and Household-Related Benefits of DOE's WAP

    Health and Household-Related Benefits of DOE's WAP

    By Beth Hawkins and Bruce Tonn

    DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) invests public funds to weatherize privately owned low-income housing. There is an active debate about the value ...
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    Why Don't We Build Better Houses?

    Why Don't We Build Better Houses?

    By Anthony Denzer

    Did you know that the solar house was a popular concept in the 1940s, and that architects like Fred Keck, an American modernist architect ...
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    CLEAResult and NREL JUMP Into Residential Energy Efficiency

    CLEAResult and NREL JUMP Into Residential Energy Efficiency

    By CLEAResult staff

    Crowdsourcing. It’s a great way to gather input and enlist the minds of many to do ...
    EGIA Launches Contractor Marketplace

    EGIA Launches Contractor Marketplace

    By Lucas Ehrbar

    The Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA), a nationwide non-profit contractor membership organization, has officially launched a new fully ...
    Boosting Insulation Can Reduce Energy Use, Pollution

    Boosting Insulation Can Reduce Energy Use, Pollution

    By Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

    Those of us working within the building industry or energy efficiency space in existing homes know that boosting ...
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    Is the Perfect Wall Realistic?

    By Eric Werling

    Wrong question. The right question is what can we do to help builders design and construct more perfect ...
     

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