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Boosting Insulation Can Reduce Energy Use, Pollution

Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Those of us working within the building industry or energy efficiency space in existing homes know that boosting insulation levels can reduce energy use, cut consumer costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, there’s been a modest amount of data to quantify the extent of the benefits—particularly at the state level. Until now. [continue reading]

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Is the Perfect Wall Realistic?

Eric Werling

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The Greenest Building is the One That's Already Built

The Greenest Building is the One That's Already Built

Andy Heikkila

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

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A Compilation of Current Home Performance Standards

A Compilation of Current Home Performance Standards

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Dan McKee

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Converging Trends

Converging Trends

Rick Barnett

Environmental Leader recently described legal challenges faced by a business coalitionsupporting the “Clean Power Plan.” Aside from the Supreme Court’s intervention, the coalition “is fighting more than 20 energy companies, other businesses and industry organizations, and 27 states that filed lawsuits to overturn the EPA rules.” [continue reading]

11 Flavors of Sustainable Housing

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Shawna Henderson

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EnergyLogic and The Energy Conservatory Put

EnergyLogic and The Energy Conservatory Put "Game of Homes" into Play

Linda Lidov

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Millennials Trust the Smart Home Revolution, but For How Long?

Andy Heikkila

Brands and products that aren’t trusted by Millennials are doomed to fail, with Gen Y making up more and more of the general market-base than ever before. Fortunately for the green and the smart home movement, Millennials currently do trust and want more smart home technology in their lives—but for how long? With looming threats on cybersecurity on the horizon, Millennial trust in the smart home movement may just have been ... [continue reading]

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