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Passive House Air Sealing Requirement Part 1 of 2

The Passive House must meet the air-sealing requirement of .6ACH50. This will ensure that drafts be kept out of the building, heating loads are significantly reduced, and that moisture is kept out of the building envelope. Passive House, .6ACH50, air-leakage requirement, building...
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Attaining a Successful Energy Audit

I am a freelance architect who conducts residential energy audits.  I conduct these energy audits because of an interest in energy efficiency and a desire to grow a business that offers customers a wide variety of services in sustainability, green architecture, and...
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Construct water-proof building envelopes

Most often, when we talk about green/sustainable buildings, we discuss energy-efficiency, air-sealing, insulation, and efficient HVAC systems.  However, there are other very important features of green buildings, such as water-proofing/water management.  Maintaining control over...
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Well constructed thermal envelope

The Energy Star program for homes requires a well-constructed thermal envelope/thermal enclosure.  The thermal envelope consists of exterior walls, ceilings, and floors as well as windows and doors—anything that touches the outdoor environment.  A well-constructed thermal...
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History Center Colorado

History Colorado Center (HCC) is a newly completed, state-of-the-art history museum in downtown Denver.  This 198,000 square foot building replaced an aging facility a few blocks away.  HCC center was rebuilt in order to offer the public more exhibits and opportunity to learn...
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Energy Star Homes

Energy Star has developed a program for energy-efficient homes.  The Energy Star program for Homes, built to meet energy efficient requirements, was developed specifically for the U.S. market.  Homes that are built meeting Energy Star standards are at least 15 percent more energy...
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Energy Star

As an international standard for energy efficient consumer products, Energy Star is an extremely successful program and brand in terms of consumer recognition.   Many consumers are familiar with the Energy Star logo; they have seen it for years when shopping for computers,...
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Energy-Efficient New Homes

Currently, many homebuilders are selling energy-efficient homes.  These homes vary in their energy-efficiency and energy-efficient features.  Like any other product, new homes, marketed as energy- efficient, can be a little bit more energy efficient than a typical new home or a...
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Making Your Home More Energy Efficient

Making a home energy-efficient, by the way it is built and through remodeling, is the way in which the greatest amount of energy-efficiency gains can be made. Homes can be made energy-efficient by making different types of upgrades. The manner in which the energy-efficiency...
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Being Energy-Efficient at Home

Being energy-efficient with your current home Homes can be energy-efficient in two ways.  They can be energy-efficient in the way they are used and the way they are built. Making your home more energy-efficient, simply by using it in an energy-efficient manner, is simple and...
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