Why Don't We Build Better Houses?

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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 ...

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Designing for Solar

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March 20, 2007

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]

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Roof-Mounted PV Systems

Author: Tracy Fox
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March 20, 2007

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]

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Maximizing the Benefits of Zero-Energy Homes

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March 19, 2007

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]

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Solar-Design Tools for Green Building

Author: Bion Howard
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March 19, 2007

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]

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Energy Efficiency and Solar Electricity Go Hand in Hand

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March 19, 2007

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]

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Understanding Solar-Thermal Systems

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March 19, 2007

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]

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Finding a Partnership Between Solar and Energy Efficiency

Author: Matt Golden
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March 19, 2007

A San Francisco business takes a holistic and systematic approach to home energy conservation by coupling clean energy technologies and energy efficiency. [continue reading]

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Suburban PV

Author: Elka Karl
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March 10, 2007

Solar PV is becoming an increasingly popular option for generating electricity in urban and suburban homes. Three years ago Niels Wolter of Madison, Wisconsin, installed a 1.3 kW PV system on his family’s three-bedroom ... [continue reading]

New Residential Energy Star Program Shines Spotlight on Duct Sealing and HVAC Installation

Brad Brenner

New Residential Energy Star Program Shines Spotlight on Duct Sealing and HVAC Installation

Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week unveiled theirnew residential ENERGY STAR program to attendees of the 2016 ...

Home Performance Coalition Comments on EPA's Proposed Rule on the Clean Energy Incentive Program

Lindsay Flickinger

Home Performance Coalition Comments on EPA's Proposed Rule on the Clean Energy Incentive Program

Yesterday, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) released comments on EPA's Proposed Rule on theClean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) Design ...

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