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  • Guest Blogs

    Designing Greener City Streets

    City streets and sidewalks in the United States have been engineered for decades to keep vehicle occupants and pedestrians safe. If streets include trees at all, they might be planted…

  • Green Building News

    Researchers Test a New Type of Insulation

    Researchers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory have helped develop a type of building insulation that combines vacuum panel cores and rigid foam. The new composite boards have double the…

  • Q&A Spotlight

    Heating a New House in Nova Scotia

    In the Canadian maritime province of Nova Scotia, a GBA reader named Janet is building a new weekend home whose heating system will include both a wood stove and radiant-floor…

  • Musings of an Energy Nerd

    Is it Time to Move Away From ACH @50 Pascals?

    A residential blower door test result is usually performed at a pressure difference of 50 Pascals, and the results are reported as an airflow rate in cfm. A report might…

  • Guest Blogs

    Retrain Coal Workers for Solar

    The Trump administration has announced new pollution rules for coal-fired power plants designed to keep existing coal power plants operating more and save American coal mining jobs. Profitability for U.S.…

  • Green Building Blog

    Podcast: Fine Homebuilding Editors Talk With Martin Holladay

    Fine Homebuilding editors Justin Fink and Patrick McCombe recently invited GBA editor Martin Holladay to join them for their weekly podcast. The discussion ranged from heat-pump efficiency at high altitudes,…

  • Building Science

    How Much of Your Life Do You Spend in Buildings?

    Back in 2004, as I was immersing myself in the world of building science and green building, I took the U.S. Green Building Council's exam to become a LEED Accredited…

  • Green Building News

    Developer Plans Largest Net-Zero-Ready Community in U.S.

    A Texas-based real estate developer hopes to break ground late next year on a 4,500-unit net-zero-ready community in Fort Collins, Colorado. It would be the largest development of its kind…

  • Green Building News

    We Now Have a Chance to Get Serious About Recycling

    A global plastic waste crisis is building, with major implications for health and the environment. Under its so-called “National Sword” policy, China has sharply reduced imports of foreign scrap materials.…

  • Guest Blogs

    Zero Energy Ready Homes Gain Ground

    This post originally appeared at the ACEEE blog. The push toward efficient, high-performance buildings has involved both technologies and programs. At the biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings…