HERO Program Adds Value for Homeowners, Communities, and Contractors

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HERO Program Adds Value for Homeowners, Communities, and Contractors

As the clean-energy economy heats up, communities across the country are actively pursuing programs that promote energy efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. One of the breakout successes in this field is ...

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September/October Contributors

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August 04, 2015

Jack Deslippe “Measure Where All Your Power Is Being Used: Parts 1, 2, and 3” Jack Deslippe says, “If you’re determined enough, you can track down every fraction of a watt that is ... [continue reading]

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The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

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June 09, 2015

The debate on how best to treat crawl spaces has gone on for decades, and the building codes regulating crawl space design have constantly evolved. For a long time the entrenched thinking was to rely ... [continue reading]

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Smart Design: Optimizing Efficiency in High-Performance Homes Doesn’t Always Mean PH Certification

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June 06, 2015

Two recent Passive House (PH) consultations of mine have made clear the difficulty of making the PH standard more widely adopted in this country. Both consultations were for small, single-family homes. Neither house was more &... [continue reading]

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Solterre Passive House Concept Cottage

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June 01, 2015

Last summer, I took a drive from Halifax down to Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, to check out Solterre Design’s Concept Cottage. The house looks like it’s been there for a few ... [continue reading]

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Reaping the Benefits of Existing Tree Cover

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May 13, 2015

It’s a paradox in residential construction: Developers clear a wooded lot to create housing, and one of the first things the new owners do is buy small trees to plant on the property. ... [continue reading]

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Overcoming Codes and Standards Barriers to Innovations in Building Energy Efficiency

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February 15, 2015

Building codes have really motivated builders to increase the energy efficiency of new homes in recent years. But as quickly as the codes are changing, new products are coming to the market even faster. Sometimes ... [continue reading]

NREL Research Finds That 22% of New Homes Completed in the U.S. in 2016 Were HERS Rated

Valerie Briggs

NREL Research Finds That 22% of New Homes Completed in the U.S. in 2016 Were HERS Rated

The National Renewable Energy Research Laboratory (NREL) has been researching the penetration of the HERS Index Score in the U....

 LIHEAP In Action: A LIHEAP Employee Story

Cheryl Hiltzik

LIHEAP In Action: A LIHEAP Employee Story

The stories of positive impact on the lives of people who receive assistance from LIHEAP is only one part of ...

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