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Making "Green" Mainstream

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April 25, 2015

A History of Energy-Efficient Housing in the United States [continue reading]

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Ohmconnect Gets Customers Involved in Demand-Response

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August 13, 2015

The year 1973 was an important one in the history of energy efficiency. Due to the OPEC oil embargo, heating fuel was scarce and costly. President Nixon asked all Americans to lower their thermostats to 68°... [continue reading]

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California's Owner-Builder Movement

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August 31, 2015

Living Simply Before Tiny Houses [continue reading]

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Barry Vogel: Home Performance Pioneer

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September 03, 2017

Have you ever dreamed about buying a plot of land and building a cabin, a retreat, or even your year-round home? Barry Vogel, an Attorney, Counselor and Mediator, in Ukiah, California, has done this not ... [continue reading]

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Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Mariel Wolfson

While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with Peter Pfeiffer, founding principal at Barley Pfeiffer Architecture in Austin, Texas. Pfeiffer recently used a tiny house as the basis of an educational project for students in a construction class at Austin Community College. The goal of the project was to teach best practices in high performance building science, including energy-efficient residential construction, and building ... [continue reading]

Three Things We Need To Do To Develop a Healthy Housing Stock

Three Things We Need To Do To Develop a Healthy Housing Stock

Mariel Wolfson

Our new working paper explores healthy home concerns and behaviors among American homeowners and renters. We show that both groups are interested in improving the indoor environmental health of their homes, but face myriad challenges to doing so. Below, we highlight three important steps we can take toward improving the health of our housing stock.1. Demonstrate and Respond to Consumer DemandHealthy housing is becoming more than a niche market. Nearly one in four households in ... [continue reading]

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