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 ...
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]
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]
It’s become more apparent over the last five to ten years that the amount of energy we’...
Our new working paper explores healthy home concerns and behaviors among American homeowners and renters. We show that both groups ...