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Rocktown Energy Fest: Gaines Group Panel

We are beyond excited for our very own Charles Hendricks to attend the first annual Rocktown Energy Fest to present his panel on, Building Science: Save Energy and Money. You can RSVP and find further details of this event here. A home is the most complicated machine you will...
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At Home Energy: Around the House

This week we went over the different ways to conserve energy using sunlight and rainwater, but if growing your own food and catching rain isn’t fitting for your lifestyle there are plenty of other things you can do to cut down on energy bills! A quick fix that will save you...
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At Home Energy: Hydro

Much like the sun, water also offers many opportunities that can save money and the environment. If you are similar to the vast majority of the population you don’t have a river or waterfall in your backyard to utilize a hydroelectric power generator (which can be extremely...
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At Home Energy: Solar

As the desire to utilize green energy grows, the tools to harness it expand as well. As the options continue to expand the price for green energy continues to drop. Anyone who has had the tiniest interest in solar panels knows just how good of an investment they can be for your...
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Green Term Defined: Energy Audit

An energy audit is an inspection that looks at energy flow in a building. The objective of an audit is to identify things that can be modified to reduce energy usage and increase comfort and safety for the occupants of the building. These audits usually involve a blower door that...

Green Term Defined: Solatube

A Solatube is a tubular daylighting system. The solatube was created in Australia that captures daylight using a dome installed at the roof deck level and reflects it through a cylindrical tube into interior spaces.  
Penn Laird Custom Home

Green Term Defined: Window

A casement is a window that is attached to the frame on the side with one or more hinges. They are more air tight than double hung windows due to the door like construction. The windows are often operated with a crank or lever. A double-hung window is one that has two sashes that...
water efficient toilet

Green Term Defined: Water Conservation

The average American family of four uses 400 gallons of water per day. On average 70% of that water is used indoors with bathrooms being the largest contributor. Older toilets use  as much as 3.5 – 7 gallons with each flush while standard models use 1.6 gallons or less. The...
America Recycles Day

Green Term Defined: Recycling Content

Recycling is the universal sign of “going green.” It is a process that takes a waste material and converts it to a new product, thus reducing the consumption of raw materials, potentially reducing energy usage, and diverts materials from a landfill. Recycling is not...
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Rainwater Harvesting – Design Matters

One of the most important things an architect can bring to a project is knowledge of materials and systems. In order to provide this service, an architect has to be constantly looking, researching, and learning about what is available and what has been tested. In a recent project...