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A Performance-Oriented Approach to Desert Green

A professional group in California’s Coachella Valley focuses on getting the most out of residential mechanical systems

Posted on Oct 22 2010 by Richard Defendorf

Having had a couple years to attune themselves to California’s Green Building Standards Code, which is set to segue from voluntary to mandatory on January 1, building professionals throughout the state have implemented a number of strategies to manage compliance issues.


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  1. Desert Building Performance Alliance

Solar Heat

Solar Collectors Can Heat Water and Living Spaces

UPDATED 9/29/2011

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  1. John Hartman / Fine Homebuilding
  2. Charles Miller/Fine Homebuilding
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Furnaces

The Highest Efficiency Rating Is Found in Condensing Furnaces

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  1. John Hartman / Fine Homebuilding
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Boilers

A New Generation of Boilers Is Super Efficient

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Heat Pumps: The Basics

Heat Pumps Use Heat in the Air, Earth, or Water to Heat a House

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  1. John Hartman / Fine Homebuilding
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