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The Risks of Building Green

The Risks of Building Green

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Contractors who make sustainable building their focus face a variety of business risks that mainstream builders don't have.

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Building Energy 13: Old Hippies Conspire to Save the World

Building Energy 13: Old Hippies Conspire to Save the World

After a visit to the annual conference and trade show of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, editor-at-large Kevin Ireton reports on the business of energy-efficient home building, deep-energy retrofits, and more

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Puget Sound Woodworking - The Shop

Puget Sound Woodworking - The Shop

This is the studio for Puget Sound Woodworking, located in downtown Snohomish, Washington.  It is a small woodworking school and custom woodworking studio.  The shop was designed in Sketchup by the...

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CT Zero Energy Challenge Announces 2010-11 Winners

CT Zero Energy Challenge Announces 2010-11 Winners

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Prizes honor projects for energy efficiency, affordability, and low projected operating costs

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CT Zero Energy Challenge Announces 2010-11 Winners

CT Zero Energy Challenge Announces 2010-11 Winners

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ZEC prizes honor projects for energy efficiency, affordability, and low projected operating costs

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The Smart Meters Contentious Opponents

The Smart Meter's Contentious Opponents

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They still remain very much in the minority, but anti-smart-meter groups are prompting investigations and continue to voice concerns about security and safety

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Canadas Solar and NZE Power Play

Canada's Solar and NZE Power Play

A solar simulator and a research initiative at Concordia University in Montreal focus on solar energy applications and strategies for bringing building performance to net zero energy

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Opportunity Accompanies Objections to Green Habitat Project

Opportunity Accompanies Objections to Green Habitat Project

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Neighbors have stalled a 35-unit subdivision of energy efficient dwellings, but the delay gives a Habitat chapter time to refine its green building technique

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Seattle Homeowners Build an Affordable Net-Zero-Energy House

Seattle Homeowners Build an Affordable Net-Zero-Energy House

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One couple’s quest for energy efficiency leads them to a relatively low-cost approach to design and construction

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The PV/Solar-Thermal Switch-up

The PV/Solar-Thermal Switch-up

As the cost of photovoltaic panels has declined, some developers of utility-scale renewable-energy power projects originally designed for solar thermal have been shifting to PV

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Weatherizations Home-Stretch Recovery

Weatherization's Home-Stretch Recovery

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Even though the expanded Weatherization Assistance Program struggled out of the gate – and can always be improved – it has produced encouraging, credible results

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DOEs Marketing Push for Aeroseal

DOE's Marketing Push for Aeroseal

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Lawrence Berkeley National Lab touts the technology's track record for sealing leaks in duct systems and improving energy efficiency

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Japans Emerging Smart-Town Boom

Japan's Emerging Smart-Town Boom

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Corporations partner on development of large communities whose top priorities include energy efficiency, renewables, and energy storage

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Tackling PVs Administrative Challenges

Tackling PV's Administrative Challenges

The DOE names contestants in a competition intended to make permitting and financing for photovoltaic systems quicker and cheaper

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Researching Retrofit Technology in the Northwest

Researching Retrofit Technology in the Northwest

Using two identical, side-by-side homes as their laboratory, DOE researchers aim to measure the effectiveness of a variety of energy efficiency improvements

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Taking Aim at Californias Low-Carbon Target

Taking Aim at California's Low-Carbon Target

As the state prepares to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80% below 1990 levels over the next 38 years, scientists predict a mostly electric future

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Russias First Active House Gets a Test Drive

Russia's First "Active House" Gets a Test Drive

A Danish solar-panel company teams up with a Russian developer to build a home designed to showcase net-zero-energy performance

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Lawmaker Targets DOEs Weatherization Program

Lawmaker Targets DOE's Weatherization Program

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It's all part of Representative Chuck Fleischmann’s campaign to stop "green initiative abuse"

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Utility-Scale Wind Power Getting Cheaper

Utility-Scale Wind Power Getting Cheaper

The cost of electricity generated by onshore wind turbines will, by 2016, be competitive with the cost of power from fossil-fuel plants, recent research shows

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Energy Star Homes Big Builder List

Energy Star Homes' Big Builder List

Hundreds of builders have committed to meeting energy efficiency standards set by of Energy Star Homes Version 3, which takes effect beginning January 1

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