Energy Efficiency & Building Science News
NIST unveiled a new online tool, BIRDS, which allows users to compare the sustainability performance of a building type as the energy efficiency design of that building type is increased.
Imagine a building that self-regulates its temperature without electronics. A building that adapts, allowing outside air in as needed and eliminating the need for air conditioning, but that uses no energy in doing so.
Hans-Jörn Eich of Pinwheel Builds explains the basics and benefits of passive house design in a 90 second video.
A team of students and professors from Barcelona's Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia is developing a design for walls that automatically cool--using zero energy--when temperatures rise outside.
Specializing in energy-efficient homes priced under $200,000, Ideal Homes has been racking up a long list of industry firsts for nearly two decades.
Research and monitoring of buildings is increasingly showing the importance of reducing thermal bridging in new construction and mitigating the impact in existing buildings.
The Vermont Housing and Conservation Board partnered with Efficiency Vermont for MHIP, a pilot program that is subsidizing 10 private purchases of the "next generation" of modular mobile home.
With the growing cost of fuel and increasingly stringent home construction codes, many architects, builders and homeowners are turning to "Passive House" or "Passivhaus" specifications to design and build their new homes.
It’s true that better built houses take more time to plan and execute and sometimes require skilled labor and subs. Correct installation is crucial for the smooth operation of many high-performance systems.