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Nobody likes energy codes. This unfortunate fact maintains my popularity ratings, as a writer and enforcer of energy codes, down in the low single digits. Energy codes fall into the same category as speed limits ...

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Policy Collaboratives: Drivers of Green Building and Energy Efficiency in California

Author: Elise Hunter
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September 03, 2010

Despite the best efforts of governments, builders and developers are often left in the dark about changes to local building codes and initiatives. There are ways to turn the light on. [continue reading]

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Taking the Long View

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September 03, 2010

Instead of offering merely supplies to the people of postearthquake Haiti, what if we could offer our ingenuity? [continue reading]

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California's Advanced Homes Program

Author: Steve Mann
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September 01, 2010

California is slowly moving toward net zero energy construction, defined as building structures that produce as much energy on-site as they consume. The Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan of the California Public Utilities Commission (... [continue reading]

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What We Can Learn from Haiti

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July 01, 2010

The most damaging effect of the earthquake in Haiti was not the ground movement itself, but that buildings collapsed. The rebuilding has lessons for us all. [continue reading]

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Guide to Regional Energy Efficiency Standards

Author: Harvey Sachs
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May 03, 2010

Enlarge Image> On October 13, 2009, the Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) signed an agreement with environmental advocates and other groups, notably the California Energy Commission and leading utilities. This agreement on regional standards for ... [continue reading]

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The International Energy Conservation Code 2009

Author: David Weitz
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March 01, 2010

Three groundbreaking changes to the residential requirements of the 2009 IECC include introducing specific performance criteria for envelope leakage, duct leakage, and lighting requirements into the residential code. [continue reading]

How to start a Construction Business: Things to Consider

Jim Hughes

How to start a Construction Business: Things to Consider

Construction can be a rewarding business, especially for startups. This especially so due to the ever-growing need for housing as ...

Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

Jim Gunshinan

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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