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Allure Intros EverSense Thermostat System

Allure Energy recently announced its new EverSense product line and officially unveiled the home environment and energy management system today at CES 2012.  EverSense is foremost a thermostat replacement with built-in speakers, Wi-FI, and a capacitive touch screen.  It’s also a platform to share energy-saving tips and content with homeowners.

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7 Pioneer Passivhaus Projects of 2011

The Passive House movement in the US was on a major tear in 2011 but for that awful split between PHIUS and international PHI.  The standard seemed free of maneuvers and politics and infighting, yet now there’s something about PHIUS+ certification and a ban on spray polyurethane foam insulation.  Oh boy!  Notwithstanding all of this, let’s not take anything from the following incredible, high-performance, completed projects discussed in the past year that sought or achieved Passive House certification.

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16 Leading LEED Platinum Projects of 2011

I’ve pulled together projects, mostly homes, of all kinds — new, old, modern, traditional, etc — that we discussed in the last year.  These projects either obtained or sought LEED Platinum certification from the USGBC, and they’re some of the greener homes you’ll find most anywhere.  Click the links below for hours and hours of reading.

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LEED Gold Hall Built with 184 Modules

SUNY’s Centennial Hall, a student dorm completed this summer, has earned LEED Gold certification, according to gbNYC, making it one of the largest modular construction projects in the state of New York.  It’s not the only modular student building — The Modules is but another modular project on my mind — though The Centennial showcases what’s good about off-site construction with a total of about 184 wood modules.

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EnhanceLite is an Ultra Efficient Light Bulb

If you weren’t already busy enough keeping track of all the new LED bulbs hitting the market, here’s one more.  This is a 60-watt equivalent, omnidirectional led lamp by Florida-based LEDnovation.  The EnhanceLite A19 LED is designed and manufactured in the USA and has the following specifications: 810 lumens, 9.4 watts, 2700 Kelvin, 94 CRI, and a five-year warranty.

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Passive Makes Perfect in North Carolina

When we first profiled Anchorage Builders in 2010, they were in the construction phase of North Carolina’s first Passive House.  We followed up with the project in a subsequent post and were quite impressed with the completed home, both aesthetically and sustainably.  Building on this successful experience, Anchorage and architect Jay Fulkerson have recently collaborated on yet another Chapel Hill home designed with Passive House building methods.

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