Postretrofit News and Analysis
Our house was built in 1951, but Michele and I have been living there since 2007. I’ve met the two previous owners. One was careful about keeping the house comfortable and efficient—the other ...
Passive solar design combined with thermal mass construction is a proven technique for energy and cost efficiency. At Tierra Concrete Homes, we use this technique in our passive solar concrete homes. [continue reading]
Several new wall systems are gaining popularity, due to increasing interest in energy efficiency, alternatives to dimensional wood framing, and building sustainable structures. [continue reading]
In my job as the factory-built home specialist for North Carolina's Alternative Energy Corporation (AEC), I have been crawling under, in, and around manufactured homes for the last dozen years, looking for causes of, and solutions to, building energy problems. [continue reading]
The goal of Canada's Advanced Houses program was to build houses that are far more energy efficient, environmentally benign, and healthy for occupants than typical Canadian houses. [continue reading]
No, they're not living in haylofts. The horses don't knock the houses down for bedding. And the big bad wolf doesn't chase the residents off in search of bricks and mortar. [continue reading]
In the mid-1980s, a Georgia utility became concerned about the large number of attic insulation jobs being done for its energy-efficient home construction program that failed to meet the program's standards. [continue reading]
Armed with a home equity loan, a contractor's license, and some knowledge of energy-efficient technologies, I built an affordable, passive-solar house in Chico, California. [continue reading]
The Alberta Sustainable Home is a new suburban three-bedroom house and office that will soon be independent of the sewer, electric, and water systems. [continue reading]
RESNET and the New Buildings Institute Enter Partnership to Promote Zero Net Energy Homes and Develop Multifamily Energy Rating Index Standard
RESNET and the New Buildings Institute have joined forces to promote net zero energy homes and develop an American consensus ...
In 2008, California set a bold new goal for its homebuilders. The California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan makes it ...