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NYU professor Jay Rosen on news curation in the digital age.

From a "Adapting Journalism to the Web," a conversation between Jay Rosen and Ethan Zuckerman held April 5, 2012. Full video at http://techtv.mit.edu/collect...

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Curation and connectivity intersect.

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Jay Rosen has always been ahead of his time. Before the web become big, it was community journalism. That struck me as silly...but know I realize that it was just a nascent form of Web 2.0 curation.

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I love curation.

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Home Energy Magazine

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Home Energy, the magazine of the home performance industry since 1984, publishes residential energy efficiency, comfort, safety, and green building best practices for remodelers, builders and contractors.
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New green design methods to revolutionize the building industry...

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If you want a preview of the downtown Vancouver streetscape in 2035, start with a walk down Granville or Georgia Street today.

Most of the buildings will still be standing. There will be additions and replacements, but most of the changes that will transform downtown's living, work and retail space will be undetectable from the sidewalk. That includes upgrades to water and energy systems in buildings that in 2012 are models of inefficiency by contemporary standards, let alone future ones.

"If you are thinking 2035, realistically 80% of the buildings that will be in existence at that time have already been constructed," said Innes Hood, a professional engineer and senior associate with Stantec Consulting, a consulting firm with 12,000 planners, architects, engineers, project managers and experts, working in teams to break down the boundaries between designers, contractors and investors, while using advanced computer modelling programs.

 

Retrofits are crucial.

One of Hood's main assignments is overseeing the redevelopment of existing buildings. More often than not, that means uncovering, through energy audits, glaring examples of waste - air leaks, inadequate insulation, inefficient heating and ventilation systems.

"We are involved in residential projects where we can achieve 80-per-cent reduction in energy use and become essentially greenhouse gas neutral through the implementation of cost-effective technologies," Hood said. "We're not having to strive to the leading edge. These are tried and true technologies around good building enclosures and high-performance mechanical systems such as heat pump technology...


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Top 10 energy efficient upgrades for your house: energy-audit your house and take action

Top 10 energy efficient upgrades for your house: energy-audit your house and take action | Home Performance | Scoop.it
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Some appropriate techniques here. For further information there are many FREE resources such as MassSave. 

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ACEEE | Energy Efficiency Financing Takes a Giant Leap Forward

ACEEE | Energy Efficiency Financing Takes a Giant Leap Forward | Home Performance | Scoop.it
RT @ACEEEdc: #EnergyEfficiency Financing Takes a Giant Leap Forward: http://t.co/XRazUnm5wu
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HELP (Home Energy Loan Program) is necessary to advance home performance...It seems help is on the way.

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Home Improvement And Energy Efficiency Go Hand In Hand In Olympia - ThurstonTalk

Home Improvement And Energy Efficiency Go Hand In Hand In Olympia - ThurstonTalk | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Home Improvement And Energy Efficiency Go Hand In Hand In Olympia – ThurstonTalk http://t.co/7C0BTtjotZ
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Surveying Property: Climate Change & Energy Efficiency - The problem with older buildings

Surveying Property: Climate Change & Energy Efficiency - The problem with older buildings | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Surveying Property:Climate Change & Energy Efficiency - The problem with older buildings http://t.co/dVQhmbRlKH
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buildings rather than concentrating on the technologies alone. There is no benefit burdening an uninformed occupant in a drafty inefficient home with a solar energy system.

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We Must Continue to Invest in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Power - Center For American Progress

We Must Continue to Invest in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Power - Center For American Progress | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Center For American Progress We Must Continue to Invest in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Power Center For American Progress Wind, solar, geothermal, efficiency, and other forms of clean energy creates jobs—three times more per dollar of...
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Home "Building" performance is a solid and necessary first step...

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Green Energy is Good for Massachusetts - The Mass Media

Green Energy is Good for Massachusetts - The Mass Media | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Green Energy is Good for Massachusetts The Mass Media When you replace oil power plants with non-polluting wind or solar farms, or hydroelectric power, (or for the adventurous—nuclear plants), the immediate effects are decreased smog and fewer...
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US Solar Busts Out Another Record-Breaking Year | EarthTechling

US Solar Busts Out Another Record-Breaking Year | EarthTechling | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Installed U.S. solar capacity grew by a record 3,313 megawatts in 2012 – more in one year than in the previous three years combined. (RT @USGBC: 2012 was year of the Sun.
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Peter Troast | Energy Circle

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Peter Troast is a thought leader in the Home Performance industry, check out his resources at Energy Circle.

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Mass Save | Energy Efficiency Incentives | Energy Saving Programs

Mass Save | Energy Efficiency Incentives | Energy Saving Programs | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Mass Save® offers energy efficiency incentives and energy savings programs to residents and businesses in Massachusetts.
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Want help financing your home performance project...see MassSave and join the revolution.

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How to Create Thermal Images for Millions of Homes - MIT Technology Review

How to Create Thermal Images for Millions of Homes - MIT Technology Review | Home Performance | Scoop.it
How to Create Thermal Images for Millions of Homes
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One of the well-worn tools of home energy auditors is thermal imaging cameras that show where buildings are poorly insulated.
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Home Energy Audit: Are You Losing Energy?

Home Energy Audit: Are You Losing Energy? | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Upgrading your home to save energy can put anywhere from 5 to 30 percent of your energy bill back in your pocket 1 (RT @AmbitEnergy: Check out this video to learn about the money-saving benefits of professional home energy audits
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If you are seeking to improve your home performance, here is a brief demonstration of the first things you must do.

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Home Solar Kits - Pros and Cons of Home Solar Energy Systems - Green Hosting | Website Hosting | Green Web Hosting

Home Solar Kits - Pros and Cons of Home Solar Energy Systems - Green Hosting | Website Hosting | Green Web Hosting | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Solar energy is the future of energy. But up until now, only wealthy home owners could afford to employ solar energy in their home.
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Recommendations in EPC to improve the Energy efficiency of a building - 5 of 5

What recommendations do we make? 1- Adding insulation to the walls, roof and floor. 2- Replacing traditional lamps with low energy and LED 3- Replacing old b...
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If you are looking to learn more about Home Performance, here is a short  video via @diwakarvermadlt...it's good. 

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SOLAR 2013 to Focus on German Policy Innovations Responsible for World ... - AltEnergyMag (press release)

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The book, Clean Break by Osha Gray Davidson shines some light on Germany's Story.
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Solar Photovoltaic Demand to Reach 31 Gigawatts in 2013, According to NPD Solarbuzz

Solar Photovoltaic Demand to Reach 31 Gigawatts in 2013, According to NPD Solarbuzz | Home Performance | Scoop.it

Installed-system prices will continue to fall, and PV will become increasingly cost competitive across regions with high electricity rates, shortages in domestic supply, and growing renewable obligations to fulfill.Ground-mount installations will dominate the market in 2013 with 45% of PV demand.

Strongly influenced by Japan, Germany, Australia, Italy, and the UK, overall market share for residential PV in 2013 will remain above 20%. 


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Obama to kick start green energy plans as US solar delivers record output

Obama to kick start green energy plans as US solar delivers record output | Home Performance | Scoop.it
Battle in Congress looms, as president prepares to unveil ambitious new clean energy masterplan (US solar delivers record output.
Pres Obama unveils sweeping clean energy plans that no doubt GOP will try 2 kill:
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