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Energy Efficiency: The Emotional Appeal

Posted by Suzanne Shelton

Jul 18, 2014 1:09:40 PM

IF YOU'VE SEEN any of our presentations, read any of our articles or talked with anyone from Shelton Group, you know we believe there is no silver bullet message when it comes to selling energy efficiency. There are distinctly different emotional drivers for at least four distinctly different types of home-owning Americans.

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Heating Energy Assessment Tool by AREVS

Posted by RESNET

Jul 16, 2014 12:25:19 PM

Understanding home heating energy performance just got easier. The new Heating Energy Assessment Tool (HEAT) from AREVS is a RESNET Approved, easy-to-use web-based application that tells home energy professionals, homeowners, and renters whether or not a home is in need of energy retrofits or upgrades. Using patented algorithms that are normalized for house size and geographical location, and information from its utility bill, HEAT provides a heating energy audit for a home in less than 5 minutes. A simple A+ through F grade range gives instant understanding of home heating performance.

Advantages for Professionals:

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Affordable Style in the Bronx

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 16, 2014 12:13:15 PM

AT WAKEFIELD APARTMENTS, the rooms are bright, the windows large.Natural light brings out the warm tones of the hardwood floors.

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Extreme Downsizing: Rise of the Micro-Apartment

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jul 15, 2014 2:10:00 PM

THE MULTI-FAMILY WORLD is seeing a surge in “micro-apartments:” tiny apartments measuring less—sometimes way less—than 500 square feet. Often, these units don’t include kitchens; in so-called “congregate” housing, several units share one. Parking, when it is even available, often costs extra. Micro-apartments appeal to Millennials, who see them as a low-risk commitment as they enter an uncertain job

Visions of Tinytopia. Architects such as Nicholas Coffee have taken a shine to designing ultra-small living quarters

Seattle, a city known for its density and smart urban planning, is leading the charge; however, after several years of unchecked micro-unit development, the city’s residents are pushing back against the trend.

A 2012 article in Seattle Magazine debated the pros and cons of unchecked micro-unit development and stirred up controversy. The pros? Micro-units are (relatively) affordable, often located in walkable neighborhoods and use fewer resources and less energy. But some Seattle residents complain the units cause parking problems and attract transient residents who don’t contribute to a rooted community. Up to now, Seattle’s code didn’t distinguish micro-units from other multi-family development, which meant the housing could pop up anywhere. But the City recently proposed new measures, which include requiring design review for micro-housing and congregate residences based on square footage, rather than the number of dwelling units; setting a minimum size for common areas; and raising the minimum requirements for parking.

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Study: Biomass Plants May Pollute Worse Than Coal

Posted by Matt Power

Jul 15, 2014 1:10:21 PM

New scrutiny finds that large-scale biomass burners, often sold as a "clean" or "sustainable" source of renewable energy, are actually far more polluting than their claims.

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