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  • Study Finds Huge Variation in California HERS Rating Results

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 17 Sep '14, 10am

    I had a home energy audit done a couple years ago by a company in upstate NY who does HVAC, insulation and air sealing. I didn't really lead on that I knew much of anything about building construction or home energy use. The contractor did a very thorough job using the blower door tes...

  • Department of Energy Seeks Student Designers

    Department of Energy Seeks Student Designers

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 15 Sep '14, 9am

    Registration has opened for the Department of Energy's (DOE United States Department of Energy. ) annual Race to Zero competition in which students and faculty teams from U.S. and Canadian colleges are asked to develop high-performance houses that meet the department's “zero energy re...

  • Refrigerators Get New Efficiency Standards

    Refrigerators Get New Efficiency Standards

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 16 Sep '14, 9am

    As the modern refrigerator marks its 100th anniversary this year, new federal efficiency standards take effect on September 15 that will cut energy consumption on most models by between 20% and 25%, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE). The drop in...

  • Should Batt Insulation Be Outlawed?

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 11 Sep '14, 6pm

    I don't think that the problem is the insulation product at all. Yes there are better more expensive methods of insulation product than fiberglass batts, but all forms of insulation as well as construction methods in general fall prey to the demon of poor installation. As contractors ...

  • Proportion of Shade-Grown #Coffee Down Nearly 20 Percent Since 1996, Researchers Say.

    Pastiche Architecture

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 09 Sep '14, 9am

    Drive out to any of the bedroom communities outside the greater Toronto area and you’re likely to stumble on huge, clunky homes that are so complex in shape that their energy performance is degraded. These homes include uncomfortable rooms, are often challenged by ice dams, and requir...

  • Energy Nerd: All About Attics

    All About Attics

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 12 Sep '14, 10am

    Requirements for attic insulation vary by climate zone. (You can determine your climate zone by consulting this map .) The 2009 International Residential Code (IRC International Residential Code. The one- and two-family dwelling model building code copyrighted by the International Cod...

  • All these foamy passive house projects are like an olympian eating donuts.

    Placing Concrete for a Passivhaus Foundation

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 11 Sep '14, 10pm

    It looks like the concrete guy is actually going down a much different route, which might end up fine, but I’m worried about getting a floor that looks like a basement rather than something that suits a living room. One aspect that concerns me is the troweling process, described above...

  • A progressive Vt. utility is taking steps to implement micro-grids - taking us toward a distributed energy future.

    Vermont Utility to Develop New Grid Technology

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 11 Sep '14, 11am

    The largest electric utility in Vermont has announced its intent to offer a variety of new products and services to its customers and develop a network of micro-grids through the state that offer more reliable service than the existing "legacy grid system." Beginning in the city of Ru...

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