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UK Builders Tackle Affordable Green Housing for Young Adults

Posted by Alessandra Barbieri, Guest Columnist

Jan 17, 2017 11:40:13 AM

A new project is converting a former sheltered housing block for elderly people into managed efficient accommodation for young adults.

Young people can find themselves homeless or in housing need for many reasons. In the UK, once they are 16 years old they are often placed in managed rented accommodation. But these units – often small flats with communal kitchens and living rooms, and private bedrooms – are not permanent solutions.

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Crack in Antarctic Ice Shelf Just Grew 11 Miles

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 9, 2017 1:02:54 PM

The crack, which has grown 50 miles since 2011, could raise sea levels by almost four inches.

Chris Mooney of the Washington Post reports on the instability of the ice shelf:

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Commercial Boiler Standards Mean Savings on Heating Bills

Posted by Lauren Urbanek, NRDC

Jan 9, 2017 10:47:41 AM

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a new energy efficiency standard in December for “packaged boilers” that heat commercial and multifamily buildings, which will save consumers and businesses billions of dollars on their heating bills.

Nearly a quarter of the commercial floor space in the United States is heated by packaged boilers and given that space heating is by far the biggest energy user in these and other commercial buildings (see red wedge in picture below), the standard will trigger a significant amount of savings. Commercial packaged boilers, which are also found in multifamily buildings and small industrial facilities, are powered by oil or natural gas and generally serve buildings and facilities with central distribution systems that circulate the steam or hot water from the boiler to other parts of the building. These boilers can fit in tight spaces and be installed relatively quickly.

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Report: As Home Heating Costs Shrink, Electronics Eat the Savings

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Jan 4, 2017 3:33:03 PM

Builders have raised the bar already. Now it's time to show those electronics foot draggers how to reach net-zero nirvana.

A NEW ANALYSIS from the DOE of energy use in new homes answers some of the most daunting questions about new home performance. Do bigger homes mean higher heating bills? Have better building practices compensated for more square footage.

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