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Jacob Corvidae

What makes solar power contagious, and can home energy upgrades spread the same way? Solar is spreading like a reinvented fire. See the dropping prices, technology improvements, and rapid growth curve in residential solar installations over recent years. Witness the rapid expansion of our work with major companies across the world to purchase solar. Observe the growing and unwavering appeal of solar in, for example, the recent decision by MGM in Nevada to pay a ... [continue reading]

Better Building Codes Empower Utah Homebuyers to Look for Energy Efficiency

Better Building Codes Empower Utah Homebuyers to Look for Energy Efficiency

Kevin Emerson

Until Aug. 13, many prospective home buyers in Utah were touring new homes during the Salt Lake Parade of Homes and pondering which might be best for them. One important question many were asking is, “What would my energy bills be in this new home versus that one?” [continue reading]

Sustainable Interior Design Predictions: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice

Sustainable Interior Design Predictions: Bridging the Gap between Theory and Practice

Chloe Taylor

The world of environmentally sustainable interior design (ESID) has been torn asunder by a deep divide between theory and practice for years now. In principle, green home features are widely acclaimed; when it comes to real-life implementation of eco-friendly design projects, however, the picture is not as bright as one might expect. Though green building activity leaped from 35% in 2012 to 40% in 2015, current figures are still far below the real needs for sustainable design. Although there&... [continue reading]

How On-Demand Pumps in New Residential Construction Can Pay for Themselves Via the New Home’s Mortgage

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David Grieshop

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Industry and Efficiency Proponents Agree on Big Efficiency Gains for Pool Pumps

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Marianne DiMascio

Swimming pool owners will see a huge drop in their monthly utility bills thanks to a consensus agreement between industry, efficiency proponents, and other interested parties for the first national energy efficiency standards for pool pumps that was approved July 29 by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advisory committee. [continue reading]

DOE's Race to Zero 2017 – Registration is Open!

DOE's Race to Zero 2017 – Registration is Open!

Stacy Hunt

The next U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero) will be held April 22-23, 2017, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. [continue reading]

CLEAResult and NREL JUMP Into Residential Energy Efficiency

CLEAResult and NREL JUMP Into Residential Energy Efficiency

CLEAResult staff

Crowdsourcing. It’s a great way to gather input and enlist the minds of many to do good. With crowdsourcing, you’re not limited to a small group of pre-selected individuals. Rather, you get to expand your reach to a vastly larger pool. Various companies use this tactic to not only get a broader set of ideas, but also to get people involved and personally invested in a particular project. Take Ben & Jerry&... [continue reading]

EGIA Launches Contractor Marketplace

EGIA Launches Contractor Marketplace

Lucas Ehrbar

The Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA), a nationwide non-profit contractor membership organization, has officially launched a new fully responsive and user-friendly website that now serves as the platform for EGIA’s newest and most powerful member benefit to date: the EGIA Contractor Marketplace. [continue reading]

Boosting Insulation Can Reduce Energy Use, Pollution

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]

Is the Perfect Wall Realistic?

Is the Perfect Wall Realistic?

Eric Werling

Wrong question. The right question is what can we do to help builders design and construct more perfect walls without losing their shirts? At Building America, we have an idea for a tool to do this. [continue reading]

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