Building Envelope

December 17, 2014
A zero net energy (ZNE) building is a home or commercial building that on average produces as much energy as it uses, achieved through energy efficiency and renewable technologies. The ZNE concept...
March 12, 2014
The need for innovative ways to reduce residential energy use is growing. States are setting increasingly aggressive energy savings targets for utilities and program administrators, as well as longer...
January 10, 2013
Just in time for tax season, Congress has given American homeowners and businesses a chance to keep a little more of their hard-earned money. Late on January 1, 2013, the “fiscal cliff showdown”...
May 2, 2012
I will be speaking at the upcoming NCBC meeting in Nashville on May 15th.  The organizers and I decided to write a short blog with some ideas to help jump-start conversation and participation. In...
September 21, 2010
In the first of a series of blog posts highlighting state-led energy efficiency programs recognized in ACEEE's States Stepping Forward report, we look at the Colorado ENERGY STAR New Homes Program....
August 16, 2010
Industrialized nations worldwide must profoundly change their energy supply and demand habits, in part to better use available resources and maintain prosperity, but also to reduce carbon emissions...
November 13, 2008
A campaign by energy efficiency advocates to accomplish a 30 percent energy efficiency improvement to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) came to a head in September at the final action...