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Passive House: Brighter Shade of Green

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Today, the most viewed and emailed article on the NY Times is one on Passive House, “Can we Build in a Brighter Shade of Green?”  The concept of Passive House has been growing in popularity over the last eight years or so, especially in green building circles.  These homes are ultra energy-efficient and, with some on-site energy generation, can be energy neutral or energy producing.

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How to Insulate an Uninsulated House

The folks at GreenovationTV and Old House Web are working on a net-zero energy renovation of a 100-year-old home.  Through the process, they’re posting helpful videos, including this one on insulating uninsulated spaces.  This kind of information is on the money for anyone living in an existing home, especially if you’re like me and you own an old house from 1958!

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How to Weatherize Your Home for Fall

A guest post by Anne Maertens from EnergySavvy.com.

Have you started closing your windows at night? That’s a good sign that it’s time to start getting your home ready for fall. An important part of your fall preparations should be weatherizing your home so you can enjoy a comfortable abode without having to sign over your paychecks to your natural gas, propane or oil providers.

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Efficient Modular Zero Homes in Maine

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This month, Modular builder Keiser Homes and architecture firm Kaplan Thompson Architects launched the net zero energy series of modular homes called the "Modular Zero Collection."  These homes have been designed to use the smallest amount of energy possible and, if purchasers opt for solar hot water and solar photovoltaics, can produce as much energy as is consumed on an annual basis. 

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Zevon Platinum Passive House in Utah

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Dave Brach, architect of the first Passive House in Utah, and Benchmark Modern, builder of this modern LEED home, are working on a new project in the Salt Lake City area called Zevon.  The home, which is under construction right now, is being built – for the most part – to Passive House standards and will seek LEED Platinum certification when completed.

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Going Green with Exposed Plumens

Plumen 001 has been shooting around the internet today (i.e., Good, Morin, Re-Nest).  The designer CFL saves 80% on energy bills and lasts eight times longer than a regular incandescent.  It’s an 11-watt bulb that outputs 680 lumens with a color temperature of 2700k.  But it’s not available in the US until next year, and Plumen 002 is in the works.  In any event, Plumen seems perfect for the exposed lighting situation pictured here.

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