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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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IQ+ Report: Irvine Home Builders Get Smarter

Author: John Eash
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November 01, 1998

In April 1997, the city of Irvine, California, launched a voluntary program to improve the energy efficiency of new homes built in this planned Orange County community (see "Improving Ducts in Southern California," HE Nov/Dec '97, p. 11). [continue reading]

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Production Home Sets New Standard

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September 01, 1998

Ryan Homes of New York recently built a prototype single-family home that sets a new standard for affordable, energy- and resource-efficient buildings-and has the data to prove [continue reading]

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Civano: Green Development at Work

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September 01, 1998

Civano is a new 820-acre, 2,800-home, mixed-use neighborhood in Tucson, Arizona, currently under construction with the goal of creating a sustainable community using green building techniques. [continue reading]

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Building for Better Breathing

Author: Bruce Davis
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September 01, 1998

When my family and I had our home built here in North Carolina, good ventilation and air filtration were top priorities because my daughter has problems with allergies and asthma. [continue reading]

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Energy Stars Shine on Manufactured Homes

Author: Tom Sluis
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July 01, 1998

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]

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Foam Forms Bring Concrete Results

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July 01, 1998

Sales of insulating concrete forms (ICFs) are growing over 50% per year, and last year an estimated 4,000 houses were built with ICFs. [continue reading]

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ICFs and HERS: Guaranteed Performance, Easy Financing

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July 01, 1998

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]

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Efficient Plans Run Into Reality

Author: Lori Marsh
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July 01, 1998

In the summer of 1996, I signed on the dotted line and set in motion the construction of my dream home. This was not my first experience with home ownership, but it was my first time having a home built. [continue reading]

3 People, 2 Cats, 1 Tiny Home

Macie Melendez

3 People, 2 Cats, 1 Tiny Home

I always find tiny homes to be very charming, and Corbett and Grace Lunsford’s was no exception.

Zero Energy Homes: Economical and Eco-Friendly

Nicholas Jones and Jennifer Parsons

Zero Energy Homes: Economical and Eco-Friendly

As global concern about energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and depletion of non-renewable resources continues to rise, more and more ...

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