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Our rationale of following the path of Passive House, LEED, Zero Net Energy, Living Building Challenge or other specific set of guidelines is not to achieve a certification to have in our portfolio. These programs provide standards that achieve a better quality home with high energy efficiency, interior spaces that are comfortable, have healthy air quality and are quiet, yield a durable home that has a lower carbon footprint and is kinder to the planet, ... [continue reading]

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Amy Beley

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HPXML: A Common Language Structure for Home Energy Efficiency

Adrienne De Angelo

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Thinking Out Loud

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