Energy Efficient Home Landscapes

ASLA VIDEO: ENERGY EFFICIENT HOME LANDSCAPES Landscape design is an important, and often overlooked, piece in the energy efficiency puzzle.   Consider this statistic quoted by the American Society of Landscape Architects[...]

Climate Change and Landscape Design

ARTICLE SERIES: COMBATING CLIMATE CHANGE WITH LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE The American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is focusing on the role of landscape design in our changing climate. These articles offer an overview of how[...]

“Financially Astute Energy Efficient Home Owners”

A recent University of NC research study compared a sample of about 71,000 Energy Star and non- Energy Star rated homes loan performance data. It was found that homeowners who live in[...]

Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad and Malcolm in the Middle actor, Builds a Passive House in CA

We recently learned that Bryan Cranston, star of one of our favorite television shows, “Breaking Bad” (thank you netflix), and his wife Robin Dearden,  have built a new home which is targeted[...]

Young Voices for the Planet, children and young people inspire us to work towards environmental advocacy!

We recently heard a story on NPR about Young Voices for the Planet.  It is an educational model with movies about climate change and advocating for saving the planet made with and[...]

Tools of Change: Home/Building Energy Case Studies

Pilot programs and social marketing techniques considered to be among the most successful, innovative and replicable approaches to helping consumers monitor and reduce their household and business energy use.  The case studies[...]

Research on Powering the US with Renewables Now

“You could power America with renewables from a technical and economic standpoint. The biggest obstacles are social and political — what you need is the will to do it.” said Mark Z. Jacobson,[...]

Our first duct blaster (blower door) reading at Country PH

Our initial duct blaster test for monitoring the air tightness of the building envelope was very good. The closed shell read at 0.18 ACH (air changes an hour) @ 50 Pascals (of[...]

Data Loggers

We are installing data loggers into the walls of the passive homes we are currently building. Originally designed to monitor building moisture and temperature problems as a precaution for future problems.  Micro-electronic[...]

Top Ten USA

The goal of TopTen USA, a nonprofit organization, is to help consumers choose the most energy efficient models of common household products.  Their mission: “transform the American market from the one of[...]