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Air Sealing Doesn’t Just Happen

By   /  May 8, 2013  /  Resources  /  No Comments

One of the biggest challenges in a high-performance building project is getting the air sealing right … and it doesn’t JUST HAPPEN. It has to be carefully designed and detailed in the construction documents. A number of architecture firms are doing a very good job at this, one outstanding example being Coldham & Hartman Architects […]

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Virtual Net Metering for Multifamily Solar-Electric Systems

By   /  March 26, 2013  /  Resources  /  No Comments

A couple of years back, frustrated by obstacles encountered to installing a large photovoltaic (PV) system at the Solara community, multifamily housing energy guru Nehemiah Stone (now with Benningfield Group) spearheaded a lobbying and education effort by a stakeholder coalition that resulted in the California state government enabling “virtual net metering.”  This is a mechanism […]

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Net Zero & Net Zero Ready Certification from Earth Advantage

By   /  March 25, 2013  /  Resources  /  No Comments

Earth Advantage Institute Offers First Energy Model-Based Net Zero & Net Zero Ready Certification in the U.S. Earth Advantage Institute, a Portland, OR-based nonprofit focused on designing tools for better buildings, announces that it has launched the first energy model-based net zero and net zero ready green home certifications in the country. This distinguishes it […]

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WalkScore Your Neighborhood

By   /  March 21, 2013  /  Resources  /  No Comments

Gotta love WalkScore! This website has been around for a while, but keeps adding new features. Enter any address and get its pedestrian-friendliness rating. My neighborhood? “Car-dependent.” Now I can agree or disagree with this rating, Tweet it, post on Facebook, etc. Better still, I get a list of amenities in the area. Another feature […]

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Your Gadgets Are Killing . . . Part 2

By   /  March 19, 2013  /  Products, Resources  /  No Comments

Yesterday I wrote about the fact that our gadgets and their chargers now use up more electricity, in USA homes, than heating and cooling! Alex Stadtner weighs in from another angle, presenting evidence — a lot of evidence — that they may also be harming us with the electromagnetic fields they generate. Those fields surround […]

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Resilience: the best technology is not technology

By   /  February 5, 2013  /  Resources  /  No Comments

Climate disruption. Floods, drought, fire and hurricane. Peak oil. Peak everything. There are massive, unprecedented changes under way around us, giving new meaning to the notion of “home” and “shelter”. Scientific consensus not only confirms that anthropogenic climate change is happening, but also that it’s too late to halt it. Even if we stopped emitting […]

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New Net-Zero Buildings Magazine

By   /  January 29, 2013  /  Resources  /  No Comments

Announced at Greenbuild, “NZB – Net Zero Buildings magazine exists to help architects, building owners and contractors come to terms with the zero-energy paradigm by offering practical applications, protocols, strategies and product offerings that assist in successful project results.” According to Tim Shea (Managing Partner, Construction Business Media, LLC — which also publishes Architectural Products) […]

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Building America Solution Center Launched

By   /  January 24, 2013  /  Resources  /  No Comments

Building America Solution Center

The U.S. DOE recently launched the Building America Solution Center, a rich online resource repository that “provides residential building professionals with access to expert information on hundreds of high-performance design and construction topics, including air sealing and insulation, HVAC components, windows, indoor air quality, and much more. Offerings include: Contracting documents and specifications Installation guidance […]

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Building Organizational Capacity to Deliver Higher-performing Homes

By   /  January 23, 2013  /  Resources  /  No Comments

Some of you have heard me talk about the fact that in order to deliver higher-performing homes, we need to focus on what our organizations need to do, not what the buildings need to be or do. If we get the organizational work right, the building performance will follow. I recently had the opportunity to […]

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BEopt Update: 2.0 Beta 2 Just Released

By   /  December 19, 2012  /  Resources  /  No Comments

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has just announced that the second Beta release of BEopt Version 2.0 is now available. More information available at http://beopt.nrel.gov. From NREL’s e-blast: This is a major rewrite of the BEopt software platform to enable improved functionality. This beta release is for purposes of testing and evaluation — we […]

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