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South Carolina's First Net-Zero-Energy Home

Developer Announces Plan For South Carolina’s First Near-Zero-Energy Home

Posted on February 10, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Home Will Include Large Rooftop PV Array

AIKEN, SC — Ron Monahan, a developer from Boulder, Colorado, has announced plans to begin construction this year on a home he calls “the first zero-energy home in South Carolina.” The home will be one of 75 Energy Star homes planned for Phase One of The Ridge at Chukker Creek, a green residential development near Aiken, South Carolina.

Gainesville Utility Offers PV Feed-In Tariff

Florida Utility Offers Generous PV Feed-In Tariff

Posted on February 6, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Owners of PV systems will be paid 32¢ per kWh

GAINESVILLE, FL — A Florida electric utility, Gainesville Regional Utilities, will soon offer a generous 32¢ per kWh feed-in tariff to owners of photovoltaic arrays. That makes Gainesville Regional Utilities the second utility in the U.S. (after Green Mountain Power in Vermont) to offer a photovoltaic feed-in tariff.

President Obama Orders DOE to Raise Appliance Efficiency Standards

President Obama Orders Energy Department to Raise Appliance Efficiency Standards

Posted on February 5, 2009 by Martin Holladay

A Strong Response to DOE’s Do-Nothing Legacy

WASHINGTON, DC — President Obama has ordered the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to enact higher efficiency standards for a list of appliances no later than August 2009. According to the Associated Press (AP), the list includes residential dishwashers, lamps, ranges and ovens, microwave ovens, commercial air-conditioning equipment, commercial boilers, and beverage vending machines.

Energy code becomes a little more stringent

Energy Code Gets Slightly More Stringent

Posted on February 4, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Proposed Code Changes Were Weakened After NAHB Lobbying

FAIRFAX, VA — Because of changes to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) approved at last September’s ICC hearings in Minneapolis, houses built to the prescriptive requirements of the 2009 IECC will use 12.2% less energy on average than houses built to the 2006 IECC. The energy savings percentage was included in a recent report by a Fairfax, Virginia consulting firm, ICF International.

Steinway factory installs solar air conditioning system

Piano Factory Installs Solar Air Conditioning System

Posted on February 3, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Solar Thermal Collectors Will Cool Steinway Factory

QUEENS, NY — The Steinway & Sons piano factory in Queens will soon be cooled by an 80-ton absorption chiller connected to a rooftop solar thermal array. According to Steinway, the installation is the world’s largest solar cooling system.

Zero-energy home project can't get loans

Credit Crunch Derails Zero-Energy Home Project

Posted on February 2, 2009 by Martin Holladay

Banks No Longer Willing to Provide Construction Loans

ISSAQUAH, WA — Construction of the Z-Home project, a ten-unit zero-energy housing development in Issaquah, Washington, has been halted by the credit crunch, according to the Issaquah Press. The project’s two main developers are the City of Issaquah and Howland Homes of Shoreline, Washington, with further help from Puget Sound Energy, King County Built Green, and the Washington State University Energy Program.

A weatherization worker installs insulation in the ceiling of a mobile home.

U.S. House Proposes Huge Increase In Weatherization Spending

Posted on January 30, 2009 by Martin Holladay

$6.2 billion for energy improvements to homes of low-income families

Xeriscaping Las Vegas

Rating the Greenness of Gardens

Posted on January 28, 2009 by Martin Holladay

A proposed point system for rating the sustainability of landscape plans

NEW YORK, NY — Efforts are underway to create a system to rate the sustainability of gardens and landscaping plans. Three organizations — the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and the United States Botanic Garden — have joined forces to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable landscape designs.

Paul Climos HRV

British Distributor Specializes In Passivhaus Building Materials

Posted on January 28, 2009 by Martin Holladay

BOLSTER MOOR, U.K. — A British building materials supplier, the Lakesideca Store (), has begun carrying a line of building materials for houses that aim to meet the German Passivhaus standard. Among the products available from the Lakesideca Store are triple-glazed windows, heat-recovery ventilators, and construction tapes.

Samsung plasma television

California Energy Regulators Prepare To Tackle TVs

Posted on January 28, 2009 by Martin Holladay

LCD and plasma sets are energy hogs

SACRAMENTO, CA — The California Energy Commission is preparing new regulations to address power-hungry television sets. The proposed regulations, set to take effect in 2011, would require televisions sold in California to meet new energy-efficiency requirements.

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