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Working with RESNET

Posted by Hilary Daninhirsch

Sep 24, 2014 12:26:06 PM

THE RESIDENTIAL ENERGY SERVICE NETWORK, or RESNET, was established in 1995 as a nonprofit organization to help builders construct the most energy-efficient homes possible, with the primary objective of keeping utility bills to a minimum. RESNET trains and certifies professionals, who can then audit homes and rate their energy efficiency by using the HERS Index. The lower the score, the more efficient the home.

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Net Zero Homes: The Terminology Disconnect

Posted by Suzanne Shelton

Sep 23, 2014 12:27:24 PM

When you have a great product that meets LEED, Energy Star or other important sustainable standards, it’s natural to want to get the word out. But will your prospective customers really hear you? There’s an old adage about what happens when you assume—and it especially applies to assuming consumers will get the message when you label your products with industry buzzwords.

Our Pulse research shows consumers have a very limited understanding of terms common in the construction industry. Take the latest, greatest thing out there: net-zero homes. Exciting stuff, confusing terminology.

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"Airpocalypse" Now: China's Air Pollution Problem

Posted by Wyatt C. King

Sep 23, 2014 11:23:41 AM

CHINA'S AIR POLLUTION problem has grown to mythic proportions. Nowadays, almost all Chinese cities of any size are shrouded in a thick, gray haze for days, or even weeks, at a time. Driven by a growing fleet of automobiles and a seemingly insatiable appetite for coal-fired power, air contamination has been climbing for decades. But until recently, most Chinese seemed willing to accept the situation as a worthwhile sacrifice to maintain the country’s torrential economic growth.

That may be changing. If so, the turning point may have been in January of last year, when pollution in Beijing, the capital, reached levels 40 times the World Health Organization’s recommended limit, and visibility plunged to a few hundred feet. Internet commenters quickly dubbed the phenomenon “Airpocalypse.”

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Sharing Your Home in the Sharing Economy

Posted by Suchi Rudra

Sep 23, 2014 10:18:08 AM

Sharing your home in the sharing economy—and making a little money in the process—has never been easier, thanks to the existence of owner-direct rental sites like and These web-based services are helping second homes that would otherwise remain vacant stay occupied—and bringing in extra cash for homeowners.

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Green Codes: The Beautiful Mess

Posted by Mike Collignon

Sep 22, 2014 2:57:00 PM

If you watched any of the World Cup coverage from this summer, you may have heard soccer/futbol referred to as “The Beautiful Game”. However, for some Americans (myself not included), the game is 22 players on the same field, with little to no action occurring.

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