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Couple Sacrifices Electricity in Smart Meter Dispute

Posted on August 24, 2016 by Scott Gibson

Assya and Mario Pascalev could easily have afforded the $14 month fee their local electric utility wanted in return for opting out of a smart meter installation at their Bethesda, Maryland, home. But the couple, both philosophy PhDs, have gone on a temporary protest and are sweating their way through the hottest time of the year without air conditioning or lights.

Green Seal Publishes a New Insulation Standard

Posted on August 22, 2016 by Scott Gibson

Green SealIndependent, nonprofit organization that certifies a variety of products as environmentally responsible based on established criteria. Certified products include coffee filters, air chillers, paints and coatings, papers and newsprint, various cleaning products and services, windows and doors, and lodging properties. Inc., a nonprofit certifier of green building products, has published a green standard for insulation, giving builders and homeowners the most comprehensive guide to date for choosing products with the lowest potential to damage human health and the environment.

New York Earmarks Millions for Efficient Building

Posted on August 17, 2016 by Scott Gibson

New York State has set aside $16 million to promote the design and construction of energy-efficient housing. The funds will advance Governor Andrew Cuomo's campaign to require 50% of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2030.

Manufactured Homes Will Get a New Energy Code

Posted on August 15, 2016 by Scott Gibson

New efficiency rules proposed for the nation's manufactured housing industry would reduce energy consumption by an estimated 27% and save homeowners thousands of dollars, according to a member of the committee that helped draft the plan.

A New Way to Train Home Performance Specialists

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Scott Gibson

EnergyLogic says that its web-based training for home performance pros is a switch from conventional classroom and online training methods and an alternative to the "death-by-PowerPoint" approach to education.

The free training program is designed for energy raters, remodelers, and home performance specialists. According to its developers, Game of Homes applies "gaming designs and concepts to learning scenarios that are interactive, engaging and entertaining."

Seniors Snap Up Houses Meant for Young Buyers

Posted on August 10, 2016 by Scott Gibson

After learning that seniors were buying nearly half of its housing intended for entry-level buyers, D.R. Horton said that it would develop age-restricted communities specifically for active adults seeking affordable, low-maintenance housing.

Cities Think Small to Ease the Housing Crunch

Posted on August 1, 2016 by Scott Gibson

San Francisco leaders are hoping that new regulations allowing landlords to turn garages, storage rooms, and utility rooms into pint-sized rental units may help ease a serious housing shortage.

Cross-Laminated Timber Condos Planned in Portland

Posted on July 27, 2016 by Scott Gibson

A Portland, Oregon, architectural firm is planning an eight-story condo building that would become the tallest structure in the country to be built with cross-laminated timber (CLT), an alternative to conventional steel-and-concrete construction.

Study Finds That Green Certification Reaps Rewards

Posted on July 25, 2016 by Scott Gibson

Investing in sustainable buildings pays off in the form of higher rental rates, higher occupancy levels, and more interest among tenants in renewing their leases, according to a long-term study by Bentall Kennedy, a real estate investment advisory firm.

The 10-year study looked at information gathered from occupants of nearly 300 office buildings representing 58 million square feet of commercial space in the U.S. and Canada.

Solar Panels That Don’t Look Like Solar Panels

Posted on July 22, 2016 by Scott Gibson

A technology startup has developed a way to give crystalline silicon solar panels the look of grass, tile, wood shakes or just about anything else the buyer wants.

Sistine Solar promises to "elegantly marry form and function" and speed the adoption of solar energy by making solar panels beautiful to look at.

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