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gas prices

One Year Later

Posted on June 30, 2009 by Alex Wilson in Energy Solutions

When I started writing this weekly column for the Brattleboro Reformer one year ago this week, the price of oil was spiraling to an all-time high of $147 per barrel. Residents were dealing with pre-buy heating oil contracts at over $4.50 per gallon. Panic was brewing.


Desire, Satisfaction, Food, and Homes

Posted on June 29, 2009 by Carl Seville in Green Building Curmudgeon

Dr. David Kessler, former head of the FDA, has written a book, The End of Overeating: Taking Control of the Insatiable American Appetite, in which he identifies some of the reasons why we crave food that unhealthy and are practically helpless to resist.

In a recent New York Times article

Residential energy use keeps growing

Getting More Efficient, But Using More Energy

Posted on June 29, 2009 by Martin Holladay in Musings of an Energy Nerd

Back in the 1970s, energy activists promoted conservation. The attractiveness of conservation waned, however, as Americans began to associate the word with sacrifice. Public relations experts responded by promoting something sexier than conservation: energy efficiency.

GBA Radio  - Podcast: Building Science Fundamentals

How Air Affects a House (1) - Building Science Podcast

Posted on June 26, 2009 by John Straube in Building Science

This podcast series is excerpted from a two-day class called "Building Science Fundamentals" taught by Dr. Joe Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube, of Building Science Corporation.

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How Green Is Your Meat?

Posted on June 26, 2009 by Michael Chandler in Business Advisor

I was thinking about what to throw on the grill this weekend when my friend Bill Beasley sent me an E-mail about the greenhouse gas (GHG) impact of various types of meat.


Waiting for Hot Water

Posted on June 23, 2009 by Alex Wilson in Energy Solutions

Over the past several weeks, I’ve written about water conservation as a strategy for saving energy and examined a number of water heating options. This week, we’ll look at the issue of water waste while waiting for hot water and what to do about it.

Can Huge Houses Be Green?

Pro/Con: Can a Large House be Green?

Posted on June 23, 2009 by Martin Holladay in Green Building Blog

Bigger houses use much more materials to build, contain more cubic space to heat and cool, and represent an indulgance that many see as opposed to what green building is all about. But what if the house is a net energy producer, recaptures rain and gray water, and provides home office space for the occupants?


Complexity and Contradiction at the NAHB

Posted on June 21, 2009 by Michael Chandler in Business Advisor

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is actively fighting the American Clean Energy Security Act, arguing that additional energy savings beyond 30% will be impossible.

NeoCon 2009

Starting a Revolution at NeoCon

Posted on June 19, 2009 by Annette Stelmack in design-matters

The beautiful, green city of Chicago just hosted NeoCon World's Trade Fair, where the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) partnered with NeoCon in hosting its annual conference. It was a great success, bringing together the residential and commercial interior design communities under one enormous roof at the Chicago Merchandise Mart, which, by the way, is a LEED-EB silver-certified building.

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Test Your Green Readiness — Part 1

Posted on June 19, 2009 by Dina Lima in Business Advisor

Going green is a business decision, and it is no small undertaking. Going green has to have a purpose. You do not want to go green just because everyone else is doing it. You need to be able to quantify its benefits for your business, your personal life, and your community.

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