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The Light Bulb as a Home Appliance

I’m sure by now you’ve read some of the political talk circulating the web as a result of a recent article by The Washington Post about the Philips LED bulb that won the L Prize and $10 million.  The contest was meant to spur lighting innovation and make LEDs more affordable, but readers noted the bulb’s unrebated MSRP of $50 and basically flipped out.

Even Energy Secretary Chu commented on the price: “Nobody expects to pay $50 for a light bulb and quite candidly, if you’re filling your house with light bulbs like that, they should be part of your will,” according to Andrew Restuccia of The Hill.

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Interview with a Passive House Builder

One thing I’ve noticed is the fact that home building is changing in a big way.  In order to capture what’s going on across the country, I thought it would be interesting to talk with influencers and innovators about things like tiny houses, prefabrication, sustainable design, high performance construction, and home technology.  For this first interview, I was able to exchange emails with Sam Hagerman, co-owner of Hammer & Hand and president of the Passive House Alliance US, on the topic of ADUs and Passive Houses.

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Home Depot Creates Products List for LEED

We’re in a $17 billion market for new green homes, so it makes sense that the USGBC and Home Depot would team up to make green building products more accessible. Today, the USGBC and Home Depot announced a new database – available through LEEDHomeDepot.com – currently listing more than 2,500 products that contribute towards LEED for Homes certification.

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Haiku: Most Efficient Ceiling Fan in World

Just as Nest changed the thermostat game, perhaps Haiku will change the residential ceiling fan game.  This is the “world’s most efficient ceiling fan,” the “quietest fan in the world,” and the “most sustainable” fan, according to Big Ass Fan, the company behind the new product.

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Everblue Trains New BPI Energy Auditors

*This is a sponsored post for the Everblue Training Institute.

The green homes market is growing like crazy and energy efficiency is a big aspect of this growth. Specifically, I think the energy audit is critical to helping homeowners improve the performance and comfort of existing homes, and trained professionals will play an important role going forward.  That’s why the Everblue Training Institute is providing a great resource by training professionals to obtain BPI Certification. Read more »

Basic Pharox LED Light Bulb for Under $5

Dutch-based Lemnis Lighting is hitting the LED scene with a cut-rate, basic light bulb selling for $4.95 — the Pharox 200 Blu.  It uses 5 watts, has a 2700 K color temperature, has a CRI of 85, lasts about 15,000 hours, and outputs 240 lumens.  The bulb could replace 25W incandescents and is suitable for task lights, accent lights, and other ambient illumination.

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