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At Home With HEMS

(Originally posted on January 10, 2012; this topic has evolved since and will be updated in subsequent blog posts) Working in the energy efficiency industry means – much as it does in other industries – that I deal with a lot of acronyms on a daily basis.  One of my favorite subjects, in fact, is […]

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(Never too late for some) Lessons Learned from the 2011 DOE Solar Decathlon

(Originally posted December 12, 2011) There is a village, once every two years, where you can not only see, but take a tour of, 20 of the world’s most technologically advanced and energy efficient high-performance homes.  This village is not, as you might imagine, at Epcot Center (although who doesn’t love a spin through Spaceship […]

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What is Building Science, Anyway?

(Originally posted on December 1, 2011) What is building science, anyway? I get this a lot. When I tell people that I’m a Technical Manager for Building Science, I’m usually met with confused looks and further inquisitions about what my job entails.  The words “building” and “scientist” are not exactly used together very often in practice, […]

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1 month and 3 days

When I first launched this website in 2009, I did so in conjunction with my graduate thesis, which I spent studying ways to encourage people to save energy. I did this because of global warming and because I believed that we could fight it. I set up the entire HTML page, and I put a […]

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Living Building Challenge IRL

Last week was our penultimate topic week in the Sustainable Buildings class, and it was an important one:  we covered the Living Building Challenge, one of the “deepest green” sustainable building standards in the world.  It was even more appropriate a topic when you consider that it was started in our own backyard in conjunction […]

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Passive House!

In class this week our topic is one of my favorite things, the Passive House standard.  Started in Germany as “Passivhaus” roughly 20 years ago, and validated as a way to create buildings that use as much as 90% less energy than their code-built counterparts, this is a simple way of building more energy-efficient, sustainable […]

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Midterms in the Sustainable Buildings Class

This past Tuesday, we all got to see for the first time what buildings the students are modeling for their Term Projects, the primary objective of which is to evaluate a building’s energy consumption using three different methodologies.   The students will then derive from this process a better understanding of that building’s interaction with its […]

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Architecture 2030 and Net Zero Energy Buildings

Today in class we talked about Architecture 2030, which is a private organization started by Edward Mazria to, in their words, “achieve a dramatic reduction in the climate-change-causing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of the Building Sector by changing the way buildings and developments are planned, designed and constructed.”  Architecture 2030 is effectively trying to change […]

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State and Local Programs and Codes, and Assignment #2

In today’s lecture, we dialed down into discussing state and local programs and codes, after having discussed the breadth and reach of federal programs in last week’s class.  There are many, many programs across the country, and even more codes and variations on codes in each jurisdiction.  But, since we’re in Oregon, it’s fair to […]

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Better Buildings and the Federal Government

In today’s class we discussed the various programs, standards, and incentives supported by the Federal Government to promote energy efficient, high performance and sustainable buildings.  We started off by talking about funding… the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Agency receive substantial funding, but it’s only a fraction of what “other” agencies receive.  Below is […]

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