A Case Study in Coordination: Energy Star Partners and HVAC Contractors
Over the past 17 years, more than 1.4 million new homes have been certified to earn EPA’s Energy Star label. The Energy Star Certified Homes program, together with its thousands of partners, has transformed the ...
Artists converting old industrial buildings into studio live/work spaces is a familiar story in many urban areas, but the conversion of a decrepit former factory into Brookside Artists Housing came with numerous twists and turns. [continue reading]
Lee O’Neal traces his development as a HERS rater back to the time when his company, NSpects Ltd., inspected a home in a Virginia subdivision.This home ... [continue reading]
From Seattle,Washington, to Westchester,New York, lowincome housing is turning a shade greener. Since 1992, the program known for building homes for lowincome families, Habitat for Humanity, has started ... [continue reading]
There might have been some bumps along the way, but a collaboration between a nonprofit, a builders association, and a major building supply company yielded some efficient, comfortable, and affordable results. [continue reading]
Value engineering allows a development of 30 affordable three-family homes to meet Energy Star standards. [continue reading]
Connecticut Light and Power (CL&P), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Northeast Utilities Systems, has long supported builders who construct energy-efficient new homes. [continue reading]
It was only a matter of time before Energy Star labels spread from mass-produced home appliances to mass-produced homes--a green logo stuck inside the front window that tells people that the home is at least 30% more efficient than one that just barely complies with the Model Energy Code (MEC). [continue reading]
For the last 10 years, Reward Wall Systems, a manufacturer of insulating concrete forms (ICFs) in Omaha, Nebraska, has offered an energy guarantee: their ICFs save homeowners 70% on heating and cooling compared to the 1992 Model Energy Code (MEC), or Reward pays 110% of the difference in energy costs. [continue reading]
Environmental Leader recently described legal challenges faced by a business coalition supporting the “Clean Power Plan.” Aside from ...
Keeping track of what's going on in the world of low-impact, sustainable housing is, and was, a challenge.