Why Don't We Build Better Houses?
Did you know that the solar house was a popular concept in the 1940s, and that architects like Fred Keck, an American modernist architect based in Chicago, Illinois, could save their clients 30–40% on heating ...
Deciding where to put a PV system on a roof can be a struggle, especially if the best place for the system is unavailable for some reason. That’s when an architect or designer ... [continue reading]
One of the most important things you can do when designing and installing a PV system is to get to know the customer’s roof. While there are many facets to designing and installing ... [continue reading]
There is an emerging trend in energy programs for new homes to shift from a focus on the use of individual high-performance components to a focus on overall home performance. Key examples of this trend ... [continue reading]
Thousands of residential solar buildings, including many that use multiple solar technologies, have been built in the United States since the 1940s. Today, residential solar-energy applications tend to favor PV electric systems, passive-solar or climate-responsive ... [continue reading]
While zero-energy homes (ZEHs) are still more of a goal than a reality, near-zero-energy homes—those that produce as much electricity, but not quite as much total energy, as the residents consume—are ... [continue reading]
Why should homeowners invest in a solar-thermal system? It’s all about economics. With rising energy prices, many homeowners are now thinking of adding a solar component to their home, but they may feel ... [continue reading]
A San Francisco business takes a holistic and systematic approach to home energy conservation by coupling clean energy technologies and energy efficiency. [continue reading]
Last month, we (the crew at Performance Insulation) completed a project on Bainbridge Island, about a 30-minute ferry ride from ...
The setting is stunning, 8,000 feet up in the Rockies. Colorado in September, aspen, screaming blue skies, bright clear nights. Who ...