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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 ...

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Energy-Efficient Homes

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January 05, 2011

Houston may be a standout in the market, but it seems that energy efficiency programs and DOE standards are lifting all homes to better efficiency. [continue reading]

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Showdown in New Orleans

Author: Roger Hahn
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January 04, 2011

The occasion was the 2009 Historic Green spring-break gathering of students and professionals in New Orleans. Organized around the goal of creating “the nation’s first zero-carbon neighborhood,” the annual ten-day event provides ... [continue reading]

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Energy Star for Homes 3.0

Author: Steve Mann
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January 03, 2011

Energy Star is probably the most widely recognized energy efficiency brand in North America. A recent study cited it as the second-most trusted consumer brand, right behind the Good Housekeeping seal. Critics of that study ... [continue reading]

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Raters at the Roundtable

Author: Roger Hahn
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November 07, 2010

This third article in a series about rebuilding in the Gulf Coast after Hurricane Katrina focuses on a program in Louisiana that enlists RESNET raters to promote energy efficiency and help grow the home performance market. [continue reading]

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Rebuilding Together Tulsa

Author: Amanda Walz
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November 07, 2010

In 2008, Rebuilding Together Tulsa (RTT) introduced its Energy Efficiency program that, along with energy efficiency, incorporates broader green housing principles such as water efficiency, and indoor environmental health. This program provided 34 low-income homeowners with energy ... [continue reading]

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Mobile-Home Park Makeover

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November 01, 2010

Last year a dilapidated trailer park on the Torres-Martinez Indian Reservation near Thermal, California, narrowly escaped being shut down due to what officials called Third world living conditions. The U.S. government and the Bureau ... [continue reading]

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Policy Collaboratives: Drivers of Green Building and Energy Efficiency in California

Author: Elise Hunter
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September 03, 2010

Despite the best efforts of governments, builders and developers are often left in the dark about changes to local building codes and initiatives. There are ways to turn the light on. [continue reading]

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Monitoring Results for the Factor 9 Home

Author: Rob Dumont
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September 03, 2010

Canadian building scientists and a family of four set out to build a home that uses nine times less energy than the average - and half the water. [continue reading]

Healthy Homes and a Healthy Bottom Line

Jim Gunshinan

Healthy Homes and a Healthy Bottom Line

There has been a lot of interest of late in the weatherization and broader home performance community in putting a ...

Side Benefits of a Passive House

Rob Nicely

Side Benefits of a Passive House

There’s no doubt that building to Passive House standards results in energy consumption that’s about 70 to 80 ...

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