Climate House: Passive House as an Opportunity

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Climate House: Passive House as an Opportunity

Designing a new building in a flood zone can be a rigorous challenge but also an opportunity. In New York, Superstorm Sandy left behind devastated communities in low-lying coastal areas of Long Island. Some residents ...

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Green Building on a Tight Budget

Author: Elka Karl
January 01, 2006

An innovative program in Austin, Texas, uses common sense ideas to build affordable green houses while providing job skills for disadvantaged youth. [continue reading]

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The Challenges of Basement Insulation

January 01, 2006

A study explored how effective interior insulation systems are at keeping basements dry as well as warm. [continue reading]

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Greening The Exterior Walls

Author: Jim LaRue
January 01, 2006

        Greening the exterior wall systems of residential structures is a complicated process, and it hasn’t been made any easier by the emergence of alternative wall systems. Of ... [continue reading]

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Greening Your Home: The Foundation

Author: Jim LaRue
November 01, 2005

        Whether you are building homes using foundations made of concrete block, poured concrete, concrete poured into foam insulation forms, precast concrete walls, or some other system, greening these systems ... [continue reading]

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Greening Your Home: The Site

Author: Jim LaRue
September 01, 2005

        Whether they have come to the residential housing field from building new homes, remodeling old ones, weatherizing them, supplying building materials for them, or greening them, more and more ... [continue reading]

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New Initiative Funds Green, Affordable Homes

Author: Elka Karl
May 01, 2005

        Last December Denny Park, an affordable housing project in Seattle’s South Lake Union area, broke ground. When completed, the Denny Park Apartments will include 50 residential units over ... [continue reading]

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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

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Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.

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