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  • Germany’s Bioenergy Villages |

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 15 Apr '14, 9am

    What lessons do Germany’s bioenergy villages hold for the U.S.? I have been pondering this question with regard to my own community and region. I live in a section of the Connecticut River Valley that was once characterized by thriving manufacturing communities — the so-called Precisi...

  • Honda Builds an Experimental House

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 15 Apr '14, 9am

    The company in March opened the doors to the first Honda Smart Home , a high-tech, net-zero energy Producing as much energy on an annual basis as one consumes on site, usually with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics or small-scale wind turbines. house on the West Village c...

  • Can’t Anyone Get Things Right?

    Can’t Anyone Get Things Right? |

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 14 Apr '14, 8am

    This practice has been lamented on GBA GreenBuildingAdvisor.com and throughout the industry for many years, but there just hasn’t been that much progress, although some builders are moving to spray foam roof-lines to bring the HVAC into conditioned space Insulated, air-sealed part of ...

  • Future of LEDs: Lower Cost, Higher Efficacy

    Future of LEDs: Lower Cost, Higher Efficacy

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 14 Apr '14, 12pm

    Light-emitting diodes (LEDs) have been more expensive than compact fluorescent lamps, but the gap is narrowing and the cost of these two types of lights should be comparable in roughly a decade, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's annual energy predictions. At th...

  • Thermal Barriers and Ignition Barriers for Spray Foam

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 11 Apr '14, 9am

    Up until 2009, many brands of spray foam were approved for installation in crawl spaces and attics without the use of an ignition barrier, based on an infamous test that was at best ill-advised and at worst deliberately misleading. The test was the crawl space fire test (SwRI 99-02) d...

  • Saving Water — Saving Energy |

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 10 Apr '14, 10am

    In this weekly blog, I’ve focused a lot of attention on the energy-saving measures at our new home — from the innovative insulation materials we used to the air-source heat pump Heat pump that relies on outside air as the heat source and heat sink; not as effective in cold climates as...

  • Ductless Minisplits for DIYers

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 11 Apr '14, 10am

    Friedrich is launching a ductless minisplit heat pump Heating and cooling system in which specialized refrigerant fluid in a sealed system is alternately evaporated and condensed, changing its state from liquid to vapor by altering its pressure; this phase change allows heat to be tra...

  • Building Science: Four Ways Bad Duct Systems Can Lead to Poor Indoor Air Quality

    Four Ways Bad Duct Systems Can Lead to Poor Indoor Air Quality

    greenbuildingadvisor.com 09 Apr '14, 9am

    Indoor air quality (IAQ Indoor air quality. Healthfulness of an interior environment; IAQ is affected by such factors as moisture and mold, emissions of volatile organic compounds from paints and finishes, formaldehyde emissions from cabinets, and ventilation effectiveness. ) is a big...

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