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Rural Sustainability: Off the Grid Home in Ontario

Rural Sustainability: Off the Grid Home in Ontario | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it
For this rural Ontario home, building sustainably was less about high-tech gizmos than learning to truly love the land.

The 925-sq-foot house blends into the landscape with a steel shed roof and siding; it looks like a high-design little brother to the barns on the surrounding farms, and its energy footprint is equally subtle: Designer Lisa Moffitt built it with an array of sustainable features that take the simple home off-grid...


Read about these features and learn more about this contemporary green project at dwell.com.


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Calif. Boosts Code Efficiency Requirements by 25%

Calif. Boosts Code Efficiency Requirements by 25% | Développement durable et efficacité énergétique | Scoop.it

New homes in California will be required to be 25% more energy efficient than the current code requires starting January 1, 2014.
The new guidelines, which are broken out for residential and non-residential projects, include a series of requirements as well as a list of recommendations which builders can choose from to reach the new energy threshold.

Under the new requirements all roofs must be made solar-panel ready, though installation of photovoltaic panels will remain optional; hot water pipes must be insulated; and air conditioner installations must be approved by an independent inspector. Recommendations include options such as including whole-house fans, using windows with a solar heat gain coefficient of 0.25, and boosting wall insulation.

CEC anticipates that the new standards will save 200 million gallons of water and 170,500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. It also anticipates that the standards will add up to 3,500 new building industry jobs.

Click on the link to view two illustrative infographics on the new standards for both residential and non-residential construction...


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