Category Archives: Energy Efficiency

BUILDING ENERGY CODES SERIES – PART 2: HOW ARE BUILDING ENERGY CODES DEVELOPED?

Continuing with our 4 part series on Building Codes, we are now going to take a deeper dive into the three main steps in the codes process: how they are developed, adopted, and complied with. This post focuses on the … Continue reading

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BUILDING ENERGY CODES SERIES – PART 1: WHAT ARE THEY?

While the people who participate in the development process know energy codes inside and out, I know they are not as clear to the broader public. So let’s take a step back. Here’s a primer on what energy codes are, … Continue reading

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RESIDENTIAL ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN EASTERN EUROPE AND CENTRAL ASIA

In many parts of Eastern Europe and Central Asia, fuel poverty is at epidemic proportions. Residential energy is eating up more than 30 percent of the total energy usage, leaving people with low incomes and those in the poorest communities … Continue reading

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SAVING ENERGY & MONEY WITH LEDs

A major factor in the rapid advancements in lighting in recent years has been the development of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) technology. LEDs are quickly replacing incandescent bulbs and are great for saving energy as they are much more efficient and … Continue reading

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TOP 10 GREEN HOME BUILDING IDEAS

Green homes have come a long way in the last few decades, and building a green home is quickly shifting from an “alternative” way of building to the mainstream…and it’s only growing greener. In 2015 nearly one third of home builders … Continue reading

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WHAT ARE COOL ROOFS?

A cool roof is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. Cool roofs can be made of a highly reflective type of paint, a sheet covering, or highly reflective tiles … Continue reading

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ENERGY RETROFIT OF ORTLIEB’S BOTTLING HOUSE

 The Henry F. Ortlieb Bottling House built in 1948, was once part of the Ortlieb’s Brewing Company complex, a dense residential and commercial district north of Center City Philadelphia. © MICHAEL MORAN/OTTO When architecture and research firm KieranTimberlake began the search … Continue reading

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