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Nanogrids: A Whole-Building Approach to Distributed Energy Resources

By Eric Wallace

Distributed Energy Resources

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) are a growing part of the energy landscape in the United States, and they are becoming an ever more attractive opportunity for households, companies, and building owners to gain control of their own energy needs. By 2024, it is estimated that solar PV […]

Is Natural Ventilation Enough to Overcome Moisture Problems?

In the winter, does moisture form in the bottom corners of your windows? Photo: diy.stackexchange.com

By Bob Tortorice

Moisture is the silent killer of houses. Just as with cancer, you may not know it’s a problem until it’s too late. But, in a way that’s similar to many cancers, if detected early, a moisture […]

A Net Zero Concrete Home

 

Homerun House, a net-zero concrete demonstration home where the concrete modulates the temperature Cont’d on p.29 and a solar PV array is employed. Photos courtesy of Dave Sellers.

The low cost of longevity

By George Harvey

Tell and environmentalist that you are building a net-zero home out of concrete, and […]

Energy efficiency as a Key Driver of Successful Business Outcomes

From The Energy Alliance Group of Michigan

When the relationship of a strong energy strategy and successful business outcome is clearly understood, energy will never be ignored or overlooked as “just another cost of doing business.”

“..a small group of leading edge companies report they now see energy as a key business value driver, and […]

Vermont Zero-Energy Office Building Combines New with the Old

Energy Futures Group Constructs Green and Sustainable Work Space

Energy Futures Group building from the south. All photos courtesy of Richard Faesy.

By Richard Faesy, Energy Futures Group

Energy Futures Group (EFG), a seven-person clean energy consulting firm based in Hinesburg, Vermont, recently completed construction of their new zero-energy office building and moved in […]

Announcing the 2017 – 2018 Better Buildings Webinar Series!

The monthly Better Buildings webinar series is back with fresh content on the issues that matter to you. The 2017-2018 season is based on feedback gathered from Better Buildings partners and affiliates, and features more industry experts and opportunities to explore the changing landscape of energy and water efficiency in the built environment.

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NH Saves Button Up Workshop Series Announced

New Hampshire: Button Up New Hampshire, the popular home energy savings workshop series, is returning to a community near you. These free workshops will take place throughout NH starting in September. The workshops are being sponsored by NHSaves and coordinated by the Plymouth Area Renewable Energy Initiative (PAREI).

NHSaves is a collaboration […]

The 2017 Housing Innovation Awards

This Zero Energy Ready Home was assembled in one day, with the homeowners moving in three months later. The ZERH standards help Garden State Modular Homes provide efficiency and a more robust home that can stand up to humid and stormy conditions at the Jersey Shore. Photo courtesy of Garden State Modular Homes, LLC.

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Recycling Fiberglass Insulation

Machine used to shred fiberglass batts, so they would work well in machines used for blowing insulation. Courtesy photo.

 

By George Harvey

Jamie Myers, who operates J. Myers Builders in Lisbon, New Hampshire, has been interested in the environment and recycling for a long time. Years ago, he did research to […]

Designing Solar for High Density Areas

The Solar Settlement with the Sun Ship in the background: two PlusEnergy projects in Freiburg,Germany. Photo: Wikimedi.org

By Steven Winter Associates staff

Hear the term “solar energy” and you’re likely to think of vast fields of glistening panels and hillsides transformed into disco balls. Hear the term “solar energy” and you might picture suburban […]