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Why Assignment #7 is first, and Energy Modeling 101

Because we won’t see results for Assignment #7 unless we start it now! Assignment #7 is to sign up on the Web site EarthAid.com, to see how you use energy in your own dwelling, and to see if knowing how much energy you use will help you save it.  We’ll all “friend” each other on […]

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Planes, Trains, Automobiles, and Bikes

A friend once described Seattle to me as very “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”… things are constantly moving around in that city, whether on land or by water, and it’s a lot to take in, but thrilling all at the same time. Portland is much the same way, although to a lesser extent.  One thing that […]

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Things that keep me up at night

The title of this post is really a bit deceptive, because, having been through six years of architecture school, there are very few things that can keep me from sleeping.  But, IF I had insomnia, I think the following things might contribute.  And it’s not that I am a perpetual worrier, but I’m just all […]

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Loss / Gain

Dear readers, I apologize for my absence over the majority of the past month.  My life, since my 100th post, has devolved into what can only be described as a hot mess.  There are several very interesting things that I thought about and wanted to share with you, but I could not muster the time […]

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Rendered speechless

I thought about posting something around Earth Day, since it was the 40th anniversary this year, and since I spent that day watching the awesome PBS special Earth Days about the inception of the holiday in 1970. I thought about posting something, and then this happened. And now I pretty much just don’t know what […]

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Green designers do graphics, too

Behold, the new Seattle Department of Transportation Bike Map.  Made by my friend Erin, who is awesome. Erin did her first iteration of this bike map as part of her graduate thesis at the University of Washington.  Go see more of Erin’s awesomeness at her Web site and blog. And then ring your bike bell […]

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Green buildings = higher rent

It’s been a while since I posted, a fact that I may have missed because I was busy enjoying my favorite holiday of the year, St. Patrick’s Day.  I wore a green t-shirt that said “The Future is Green”, which I hope everyone appreciated, especially since it glows in the dark!  But I digress.  I […]

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Bundling up your house

I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about insulation lately.  Part of that is because of HOME STAR, which provides incentives for homeowners if they choose to upgrade the insulation in their house, among other things.  My explanation of HOME STAR inevitably leads to explaining some of the measures available for incentives, and insulation […]

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HOME STAR: This is kind of a big deal

There are several energy and climate bills floating around in the Congress right now, including the Kerry/Boxer (or Kerry/Graham/Lieberman) Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act (which has been in the works since – but not because – I thanked them here) ; the Bingaman/Murkowski American Clean Energy Leadership Act, or ACELA; the Cantwell/Collins CLEAR […]

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Want to get a home energy rating?

…Well if so, let me know, because I’m at a conference with several hundred home energy raters this week! First of all, you may want to know what a “home energy rating” consists of.  The funny thing is, there’s actually LOTS of home energy ratings.  There’s the HERS, which is given by ResNet, which is […]

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