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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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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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Living on a giant crusty earthen raft

So, there’s been a lot of earthquakes lately.  Haiti back in January; Chile, last weekend; Japan, back in February; California, constantly for about the past month; and Taiwan yesterday.   I know many scientists will say “these events are not related”, but, as I reminded my friends yesterday, people act like we don’t live on a […]

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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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Q: What’s wee, made of straw bale, and awesome?

A:  The ModCell Straw-Bale Pre-Fab home! File this under “better late than never”… I just learned about this house and knew I had to talk about it here because it embodies many of the things that I love in one tidy, very livable package.  Observe: It’s a house, which is great, since I love house […]

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America’s Greenest Building Code

Last week, the California Building Standards Commission unanimously adopted the first-in-the-nation mandatory Green Building Standards Code, also known as “CALGREEN”.  The new standards take effect starting January 1, 2011 and will require all new buildings in the state to be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible.  The new CALGREEN code will require: a 20 percent […]

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…and I dropped the blogging ball! More about the Solar Decathlon…

Sorry for going on hiatus after my last post from DC about the Solar Decathlon.  The truth of the matter is that the weather was 100% miserable the entire time I was there, and I had not the time nor the space to blog:  my hands were numb and it was raining, thus making it […]

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CFLs

It’s been a while since my last post, during which time I’ve been mulling over the movie The Age of Stupid, which I saw at its worldwide premiere, and watching what the world leaders at the G20 Summit had to say about climate change.  But that’s not what this post is about, so more on […]

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Weatherization: not just a long, fancy word

I love it when the topic of weatherization comes up in political debates or speeches.  To me, it means that the people in charge are actually paying attention and realize that buildings need to be more energy efficient.  But, what exactly IS weatherization? First the definition:  Dictionary.com says that weatherization is the process of making […]

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