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Vermont Energy Education Program to Expand Its K-12 Programming to Western New Hampshire

Students at Cabot School in Vermont tackle a wind engineering challenge in a VEEP Renewables by Design in-class workshop, March 2016. Photo courtesy of VEEP/Aaron Heyerdahl.

The Vermont Energy Education Program (VEEP) will bring its hands-on programming across the Connecticut River to New Hampshire teachers and schools in the coming school year.

Good Windows Are Getting Better!

DOE ZERH’s Changing Window Specifications

ENERGY STAR-labeled products distinguish the top products in the marketplace. As residential windows have advanced and the high performance windows of several years ago are now the standard product, the ENERGY STAR window program has raised the bar on its qualification criteria. Because the DOE Zero Energy Ready […]

New Hampshire Sets New Energy Efficiency Goals

On August 2, 2016, an order from New Hampshire’s Public Utilities Commissioners approving an agreement for an Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS) is a big step forward in smart energy policy and a victory for our residents and businesses. The approved settlement agreement, endorsed by all parties including the state’s utilities, agencies, businesses and […]

Passive House Goes to the Next Level

The Orchards at Orenco in Hillsboro, OR is the largest multifamily passive building in North America. Photo credit: Casey Braunger, Ankrom Moisan Architects

By Katrin Klingenberg, PHIUS Executive Director

Each year for the past decade Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) welcomes our partners and colleagues to the annual North American Passive House Conference. This […]

High Efficiency Home by Halfmoon Construction

Million Dollar Net-Zero Options Are Affordable

This net-zero ready home was built in Glenville, NY by Halfmoon Construction. Courtesy photos.

By George Harvey

Andy Ellis is a man with a refreshing attitude. The founder of Halfmoon Construction, in Clifton Park, New York, is a man who clearly loves his work, and his work […]

Passive House for Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity rendering of south gable. Courtesy of Stonorov Workshop.

by Bruce Landry

“Simple, decent and affordable,” that is Habitat for Humanity’s mantra. This has meant different things to different people. In 2016, it means building to the Passive House Standard.

Chris Miksic of Montpelier Construction, a certified PHIUS PH […]

Climate Prediction: Global Carbon Emissions Could Peak as Early as 2020

Please tell me the weather next month!

August lilies. Photo: Alan Betts

By Dr. Alan K. Betts

Much of the northeast is experiencing drought this summer. It is patchy because a lot of summer rain comes from scattered thunderstorms. Despite periods of drought and heavy rain, our garden here in Vermont is growing […]

Vermont Climate Scientist Receives Global Environmental Award

Dr. Alan K. Betts Receives the First Bert Bolin Global Environmental Focus Group Award

Alan K. Betts is the first recipient of the Bert Bolin Award/Lecture of the AGU Global Environmental Change Focus Group. He will present this lecture at the 2016 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, to be held 12–16 December in San Francisco. […]

Unbelievable Photo of the Southern California Wildfire

Photo Courtesy of Rob Dionne

By Jason Mark | July 29, 2016

Hieronymous Beach. That’s what popped into my mind when I saw Rob Dionne’s unnerving photograph, captured last weekend as he stood on the Santa Monica Pier. The sky choked with a cloud of brown smoke, the babel-like crowds in the […]

Fossil fuel infrastructure targeted in NY State

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton spoke about a moratorium on fossil fuel infrastructure in Binghamton in July, 2016.

By Sue Smith-Heavenrich

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton spoke about a moratorium on fossil fuel infrastructure in Binghamton earlier this month.

Assemblywoman Barbara Lifton (D/WFP-125th District) and 21 other state lawmakers are asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to impose […]