Apologies to Paul Simon, but when I looked at the long list of design ideas I compiled while at the International Builders’ Show in Orlando, I thought I’d try to mention 50 of them—a nice round num
Three scalable solutions for enclosure offer options for efficiency
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The DOE is implementing the Buildings-to-Grid Program on a national level.
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Utility bills are a major household expense, costing more than $2,500 for the typical American family.
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Buyers understand the benefits of solar power but don't know the upsides of leasing the equipment versus buying it.
Individual rooftop installations just can't compare to larger solar systems that sell electricity directly to utilities.
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Homeowners want to save energy by better insulating their homes, and installing more efficient windows and doors, but can be dismayed by intensive, expensive projects.
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The new standards are expected to increasing efficiency by about 10 percent on average and save 500 million kilowatt-hours annually.
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Of the 150 homebuyers surveyed by NAHB, 90% said Energy Star appliances were essential or desirable.
A new city ordinance makes solar systems mandatory for commercial and residential construction. Builders might oppose another regulation, though.
Sunroc Builders' Bates Avenue house in Lakeland, Fla.
Three award winners show that building energy-efficient starter homes can win hearts and minds—and generate profits.