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Passive home designer Harold Orr, one of the original high performance homes
Passive solar home design

The principal designer of the house that inspired the global Passivhaus movement reflects on the project that started it all.

...offit above the windows. The problem with these shutters was the weather seal when the shutter was closed. Since the shutter was outside, the weather strip wa...

The Otis mobile tiny house
Tiny house

The Tiny House Movement may have gotten tinier with the arrival of Otis

Three years ago, professor Lucas Brown’s students in Green Mountain College’s Renewable Energy and Ecological Design (REED) class built a custom-designed tiny ...

Transparent solar power producing windows
Renewable energy

transparent solar panels

...offset the entire energy bill of such a building. Skyscrapers are notorious energy hogs as they seem if anything to be designed to shed heat in the winter rathe...

Dual axis solar tracker
Solar photovoltaic

Choosing between solar trackers and fixed solar panels mounts

...offers net-metering, you will want to take this into consideration to program your battery system for optimal benefit. If you are not storing solar power but ...

Thermal batteries for passive solar design
Efficient home design

Thermal batteries: how to passively store heat

...off, it acts as a battery by slowly releasing the stored heat, so you avoid having to pay the higher rates during peak-hours. MIT Solar House via Wikimedia ...

Alex and Jerelyn Wilson's Vermont farm
Lifestyle, location and commuting

Creating a farm and building a resilient lifestyle

...offer your family a safe, warm home and enough to eat without relying on societal infrastructure is what defines resilience. After a lifetime of teaching it, Al...

How solar panels work
Solar photovoltaic

All about solar panels - the different options and how they work

...offers announced Tesla Solar Roof Cost, Competitors & Reviews Find more about sustainable home construction in the EcoHome Green Building Guide page...

Lifestyle and environment

Emergency preparedness guide for homes

...grid failure or absence of municipal services. Storing emergency food and water: City water systems will remain pressurized during power failures, but for t...

Where to place solar panels
Renewable energy

Where to place solar panels

There is a lot you can do in home construction to take advantage of the free energy provided by the sun. That can be passive solar , which is about home orient...

Net Zero Energy home
Off-grid and Net-Zero Housing

Net Zero Energy house in Edmonton, Alberta

This project, affectionately referred to as Belgravia Green, is a collaboration between home owners, local experts and Effect Home Builders . Together they are...