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Saratoga Residence

Saratoga Residence

For this remodel, we focused on stripping down the house to focus on seamless indoor outdoor living, great materials, and an open, but not too open plan that works for the family and their lifestyle.

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Green Building Council CEO to Step Down

Green Building Council CEO to Step Down

After a dozen years at the helm, Rick Fedrizzi announced he will leave his post by the end of next year.

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Blows Against Two Carbon-Reduction Strategies

Blows Against Two Carbon-Reduction Strategies

Environmental groups challenge assumptions used to justify biomass fuel while economists lambaste federal weatherization program

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A Novel Way to Store Energy

A Novel Way to Store Energy

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A startup company proposes to use pressurized water and old gas and oil wells as part of a system that stores energy

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Recycled PVC Raises Health Concerns

Recycled PVC Raises Health Concerns

A report from the Healthy Building Network finds levels of lead in vinyl flooring made with recycled plastics that can be alarmingly high

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Work Begins on Worlds Tallest Passivhaus Building

Work Begins on World's Tallest Passivhaus Building

The tower on Roosevelt Island in New York City will be 270 ft. tall and contain 350 housing units. Its metal wall panels will be prefabricated off site.

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Industry Group Publishes Solar Guide

Industry Group Publishes Solar Guide

The pamphlet offers basic advice to homeowners who are considering the purchase or lease of a photovoltaic system. Consumer warnings follow complaints some homeowners have been misled.

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Study Says Solar Can Power the World

Study Says Solar Can Power the World

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Massive deployment of solar resources will be a key part of holding off global climate change, but research, more investment, and policy changes are still needed.

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A First in New England: Utility-Scale Battery Storage

A First in New England: Utility-Scale Battery Storage

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The storage system in Boothbay, Maine, is designed to reduce loads on the utility's grid during times of high summer demand and avoid the cost of new transmission lines.

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Connecticut Starts an Energy Label Program

Connecticut Starts an Energy Label Program

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A Home Energy Score is designed to tell homeowners and homebuyers how energy efficient a house might be, and how to improve performance.

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