Shout it out: Whisper Valley named Austin's best new community

Shout it out: Whisper Valley named Austin's best new community

Whisper Valley, a zero-energy capable community in East Austin, has been named Best New Community by The Homebuilder Association of Greater Austin. The award honors builders and developers who made significant contributions in residential real estate in 2017. All Whisper...

Smart home to harvest rainwater, solar energy in Caribbean

Smart home to harvest rainwater, solar energy in Caribbean

A self-sufficient home topped with a soaring cocoon-like structure envisions new heights of off-grid living. The Cocoon Smart Home, designed by Richard’s Architecture + Design (RA+D), will be the first Minergie-ECO certified building in the Dominican Republic, reports Inhabitat. With...

Geothermal-powered Halifax home uses automation for energy savings

Geothermal-powered Halifax home uses automation for energy savings

A luxury home in Halifax, Nova Scotia, combines a modern appearance with advanced technologies to spur energy efficiency. The Syncline House, developed by Omar Gandhi Architect, is a two-story residence with a mezzanine set atop a rocky foundation that inspired...

World coming up short to meet 2030 energy targets for sustainable development

The world is falling behind the pace required to meet global energy targets for 2030, with a billion people still living without electricity and about 40 percent of the global population lacking access to clean cooking fuels, according to a...

Smart Thermostats vs. Programmable Thermostats: Which Option is Right For You?

Smart Thermostats vs. Programmable Thermostats: Which Option is Right For You?

If you have a manual thermostat, it’s time to upgrade — especially if you’re concerned about your home energy usage.

5 facts about geothermal energy

5 facts about geothermal energy

Geothermal energy — energy derived from the heat of the earth — can be harnessed both as a source of renewable electricity and directly for heating and cooling applications. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) funds geothermal research and development...

Smart Thermostats Improve Sustainability and Comfort for Community Housing Projects

Smart Thermostats Improve Sustainability and Comfort for Community Housing Projects

Before the pilot project, the buildings were centrally heated, meaning the heat ran no matter how indoor temperatures varied through the winter.

AHR 2018 sets new attendance mark

AHR 2018 sets new attendance mark

AHR Expo 2018 proved to be a record-setter. The world’s largest showcase of HVAC and refrigeration products and technologies attracted more than 70,000 visitors from around the world, a 6 percent jump over last year, according to newly released ASHRAE...

DOE report highlights geothermal advances

DOE report highlights geothermal advances

Geothermal technologies today – like all high-potential technologies – are driven by research and development platforms that focus not only on what’s required now, but where the needs are in the future. Geothermal energy continues to show tremendous potential, with...

Massachusetts Geothermal Rebates Made Easy for Homeowners

Geothermal becomes feasible for many more homeowners who previously thought it was financially out of their reach.

10 smart building IoT trends for 2018

10 smart building IoT trends for 2018

The concept of constructing smart buildings evolved to conserve energy and build buildings – both commercial and residential – that are energy efficient. For commercial buildings, the transition to smart buildings is vital to the growth of the organization. It...

3 Questions Homeowners Should Ask Before Replacing Your Heating System

Households heating with natural gas are expected to spend an average of $635 this winter -- 22 percent more than last winter.

Tips to Save Energy During the Cold Winter Months

Tips to Save Energy During the Cold Winter Months

With Massachusetts National Grid customers facing a 34 percent increase in the cost of electricity this winter, homeowners need to take steps to reduce their energy usage. Ryan Williams, general manager of 128 Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electric, gives tips...

EEBA Seminar: High Performance Mechanicals for  Houses That Work

EEBA Seminar: High Performance Mechanicals for Houses That Work

This course will review the key building science concepts that have changed the way houses are built.

Why You Should Get A Smart Thermostat

Why You Should Get A Smart Thermostat

A smart thermostat can help you reduce your energy costs by as much as 30%.

Cornell Tech Building Uses Geothermal for Heating and Cooling

Cornell Tech Building Uses Geothermal for Heating and Cooling

Highly efficient and cost-effective to run, the GSHP system delivers all the heating, cooling, and domestic hot water for the builidng.

8 Green Heating and Cooling Techniques For Your Home

8 Green Heating and Cooling Techniques For Your Home

One of the big culprits that cause green house gasses is heating and cooling in homes and commercial buildings.

4 Ways Infrastructure Will Continue to Align with Environmental Practices

4 Ways Infrastructure Will Continue to Align with Environmental Practices

Environmental sustainability has become a hallmark of community planning in areas all over the world. As more countries are affected by climate change, air pollution, flooding problems and water shortages, effective strategies for managing these problems must be being developed...

Tips to Slash Utility Bills Amid Record Heat

Tips to Slash Utility Bills Amid Record Heat

Keep an eye on energy-sucking culprits that are racking up homeowners' utility bills.

5 things to know about geothermal heat pumps

5 things to know about geothermal heat pumps

Consumers have a lot of choices these days when it comes to heating and cooling systems. One option is right below their feet—taking advantage of the earth’s constant underground temperature nearly 30 feet below the surface. Geothermal heat pumps (GHPs),...

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