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Rebecca Cole

If you had a choice between building new homes that meet basic standards and building comfortable, healthy homes that dramatically cut energy bills, which would you prefer? How about if the low-energy homes cost the same (or nearly the same) as a standard home to build? If the cost is relatively equal, shouldn’t every new home be built this way? [continue reading]

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Many people recognize the need for increased efforts to reduce energy consumption and make communities cleaner. As cities strive to reduce pollution and conserve energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has recognized the ones making the largest strides in this area. [continue reading]

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HPC

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HPC

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Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for Mainstream Markets

Laurie Guevara-Stone

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Joe Cullen, Director of Policy and Outreach for HPC

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