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Power primer: Our review of The Homeowner’s Guide to Renewable Energy

It’s a storyline that plays out over and over again on bright sunny days, where homeowners with grid-connected solar arrays can become energy producers for their neighbors. From these high-performance, inherently energy-efficient homes, excess electricity flows instantly onto the grid whenever rooftop energy production exceeds usage,…

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12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 6
Day 6: 150 Best Eco House Ideas

12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 6

Taking a page from the playbook of the online architecture and design community Houzz.com, 150 Best Eco House Ideas draws its core strength not from words, but from well-executed photographic essays. There are some obvious benefits here to swiping hardbound pages versus clicking previous and next…

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12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 5
Day 5: Rainwater Collection for the Mechanically Challenged

12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 5

In the technology-laden world in which we live, our mobile computing devices are enriched with high-definition screens that can display millions of colors, never mind that the human eye can discern but a fraction of them. In sharp contrast, for the heavily-illustrated book Rainwater Collection for…

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12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 4
Day 4: New Natural Home

12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 4

British author Dominic Bradbury was not content on staying within the geographical boundaries of the United Kingdom while writing the book New Natural Home: Designs for Sustainable Living. And it shows, as this title is sustainably enriched through international flavor, its pages graced with 25 architecturally contemporary case…

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12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 3
Day 3: TreeHouse Annual 2015

12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 3

For Day 3 of our 12 Days of Sustainable Reads series, we could not resist revisiting a recent article on one of our favorite books: The TreeHouse Annual 2015, a decidedly short read that is exceedingly long on sustainability. As we articulate in the article below,…

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12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 2
Day 2: The Distinctive Home

12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 2

For the majority of homes, siting—the process of optimally positioning the structure on its parcel of land to balance topography, views, climate, solar orientation, and myriad other factors—can effectively be thwarted the moment a land developer sketches in the lines and arcs representing streets that will…

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12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 1
Day 1: Green from the Ground Up

12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 1

It is fitting that we begin our 12 Days of Sustainable Reads series with what we consider to be the bible of sustainable home construction: Green from the Ground Up, by David Johnston and Scott Gibson. This 330-page book is subtitled as Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient…

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TreeHouse Annual favors substance over facts and figures

Annual reports—those often-glossy Big Co. compendiums filled with financial facts and figures, tell-alls of company business activities, and liberal doses of Co.-centric illustrations, infographics, and photographs—are designed largely as retention tools for current shareholders while encouraging potential investors to climb on board.  So when TreeHouse,…

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