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For Aggressive Efficiency, Choose Passive Solar

For Aggressive Efficiency, Choose Passive Solar

By NORBERT M. LECHNER As we discussed in the November/ December issue, low-hanging solar-responsive design strategies reduce a building’s energy consumption and typically cost less than the high-hanging solar-collecting technologies — or nothing at all. (See Choose the Low-Hanging Fruit by Lechner.) In this issue we focus on passive solar heating techniques.   Most passive […]

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How Styrofoam Can Be Recycled

How Styrofoam Can Be Recycled

After moving out of the mountains to the city, because I saw Styrofoam waste almost everywhere I looked, I decided to try to collect and do something with it.

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What is Styrofoam?

What is Styrofoam?

This is the start of “Why I did a Styrofoam Recycling – Building Project“.

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Indoor Air Filtration with Plants

As I’ve been learning about passive solar retrofits, I’ve also learned that when a home is better insulated, while it can make the energy systems more efficient, the quality of the indoor air can become more of a concern. For example, when drafty windows are replaced, the home can become more energy efficient, yet an […]

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Taking a Break for Ride the Rockies

Taking a Break for Ride the Rockies

The Ride the Rockies is a week long bike tour through Colorado. Somehow I’m participating in it.

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Talk to Your Local Building Deparment

Talk to Your Local Building Deparment

While a person may have some really nice ideas of design and building, it’s a good idea to understand local building codes.