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Matt Power

As a veteran reporter, Matt Power has covered virtually every aspect of design and construction. His award-winning articles often tackle tough environmental challenges in a way that makes them relevant to both professionals and end users. An expert on both building science and green building, he has a long history of asking hard questions--and adding depth and context as he unfolds complex issues.

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Directory Lists Solar Installers for All U.S.Regions

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 13, 2014 12:48:20 PM

Looking for a solar panel installer in your area? This free membership directory from the SEIA is a great place to start.

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Car Sharing Trends Could Reduce Urban Parking Needs

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 13, 2014 11:08:00 AM

If you run a car dealership or a rental service, you may not be a big fan of car sharing. But it's a trend that's coming on fast, and it's being described as a "disruptive" technology--because it's likely to change some things we all take for granted. Such as parking in cities, as this blog suggests.

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Skyscraper Ramps Connect Floors to Street in Futuristic London

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 13, 2014 10:41:00 AM

One problem with the modern skyscraper or highrise apartment has been the isolating effect of stacked floors. This design from London-based SURE Architecture Company addresses that common criticism in an innovative way.

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Solar's Rise Trumps Politics

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 12, 2014 8:10:50 AM

Now that innovation and information have gone global, big oil and big government won’t be able to stifle the coming of the Solar Age.

WHEN I FIRST STARTED WRITING ABOUT HOMEBUILDING, back in 1991, the magazine I was eventually to lead, Custom Builder, had been through a series of upheavals. What started as Solar Age morphed into Progressive Builder morphed into Custom Builder. It wasn’t simply changes in ownership that led the edtiorial drift from renewable energy to homes for the most affluent. It was politics and economics.

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What do People Over 50 Want? Cops, Schools and Walkable Streets. As Long as They're Free.

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 30, 2014 4:06:00 PM

A new study by the AARP asked Americans over 50 to prioritize the things that they would most like to see in their neighborhood.The results spring from an odd mix of fear, belief in education and rejection of auto-centric lifestyles. For example, not shown on this chart was a strong interest in having bus service nearby.

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