Do this…. not that (Pinterest edition)

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I'm usually the first to know about new home design trends because I spend a lot of time in new homes.  If it comes with an energy penalty, I'm the first to sound the alarm.  And if it ends up causing other problems, I get that feedback pretty quickly from...

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New Energy Code Training Materials Available

Amy Musser
The North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance has recently completed a study to identify commonly missed requirements of the North Carolina energy code, and they have followed that up with some training materials to help builders improve their homes.  The training materials are available online at the NCEEA web site.  What...

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Green building pitfalls of tiny homes

Amy Musser
What could be greener than a tiny home? They use so many fewer resources than a traditional home that they should almost get a free pass in the green building world, shouldn’t they? Almost, but not quite. With tiny homes becoming more popular, let’s explore some green building pitfalls that...

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Buffer spaces are (almost always) evil

Amy Musser
I encounter a lot of “semi-conditioned” spaces in my work. Homeowners inexplicably seem to love them, and builders and architects don’t do enough to talk them out of it.  Please, just say NO to the buffer space. What I’m trying to help people do in green building is actually quite...

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Time to call your state legislators

Amy Musser
There is a lot going on this year in the NC legislature that will impact the energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green building industries, and much of it is not good. If you hate politics as much as I do, you may not be fully on top of all this,...

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Refrigerators have become confusing

Amy Musser
Recently, I've gotten a lot of emails and calls from my builder clients about refrigerators.  It seems their energy consumption has gotten confusing, particularly if you're trying to buy an energy star model.  There are two reasons for this:  (1) the standard test for how much energy they use has...

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The $100 challenge

Amy Musser
If you knew that you could save a meaningful amount of energy for less than $100, would you do it?  So often we think that energy efficiency has to be all or nothing – until we can save up to build that net-zero or off-grid house we’re stuck in our...

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