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Stacy Hunt

As a part of the Administration’s efforts to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Energy Department today announced up to $3.7 million to study and validate new energy efficiency solutions for the nation's homes. These projects will lead to improved home energy efficiency and smarter home operation for millions of American families, saving money on their energy bills while improving health and comfort. [continue reading]

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DOE's Solar Decathlon Needs Volunteers

Heather Stafford

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, energy-efficient, solar-powered houses. The winner most successfully blends design excellence, smart energy strategies, innovation, and market potential. [continue reading]

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Whether you are a property owner, landlord, tenant, contractor, or otherwise, it is essential to know the current and proposed laws surrounding energy performance certificates, or EPCs. [continue reading]

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Deborah E. Miller

HPC develops new approaches to federal, state and local policies that promote growth in the residential energy efficiency sector through research, education, and policy analysis. HPC works with stakeholders to resolve the most serious issues facing the residential energy efficiency industry and is a focal point for collaborative efforts on data standardization, program cost-effectiveness testing, weatherization, the valuation of home energy efficiency in the real estate market, and the integration of smart grid technology with ... [continue reading]

New Report Shows Big Jump in Net-Zero Energy Homes

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Shilpa Sankaran

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The Results Are In: These Are The Most Energy-Efficient Utilities in the US

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Grace Relf

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Good Intentions, Poor Results

Good Intentions, Poor Results

Charles Cormany

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Women in Building Performance: Cynthia Adams

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Macie Melendez

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Many Good Reasons to Attend the North American Passive House Network 2017 Conference

Rob Nicely

You may be asking, “Why should I attend the North American Passive House Network conference and what’s in it for me?” I can answer honestly…a great deal. There’s a heightened awareness of the building industry’s ability to turn the tide of carbon emissions that are influencing climate change; and move to greater dependence on renewable energy resources. In 2010, the building sector accounted for 32% of global ... [continue reading]

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