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 ...
The year 1973 was an important one in the history of energy efficiency. Due to the OPEC oil embargo, heating fuel was scarce and costly. President Nixon asked all Americans to lower their thermostats to 68°... [continue reading]
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]
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]
Smart Design: Optimizing Efficiency in High-Performance Homes Doesnâ€™t Always Mean PH Certification
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]
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]
In 2008, California set a bold new goal for its homebuilders. The California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan makes it ...
Looking to get involved in the second annual Energy Efficiency Day on October 5th? Last year's first-ever national event was ...