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Do Heat Pump Water Heaters Make Sense In a Passive House?

By Lloyd Alter Photo: Lloyd Alter

Treehugger recently covered a townhouse in Brooklyn designed to the Passivhaus standard that included a heat pump water heater (HPWH). Unlike regular electric water heaters that convert electricity to heat, a heat pump water heater has a compressor, much like in a fridge, that moves heat from the air to the water. This is purported to use less energy.


Net Zero Energy: The Ultimate Z.E.N. Home’s Solution for Solar

By Charlie Wardell

The Ultimate Zero Energy Now Home takes a holistic approach to optimizing investments in renewable solar energy at production scale


How to Design a Net-Zero Home

By Anna Fixsen Photo by Tim Griffith

The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear the necessity of mitigating the effects of climate change. The built environment is a particular offender. Consider this: The energy used to build and operate our buildings accounted for nearly 40% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions in 2018, according to the latest United Nations Environment Program report.


Chicago requires new building construction include EV charging capabilities

By Robert Walton Photo: Becky Phan

The Chicago City Council last week approved an ordinance requiring that new construction of some residential and commercial buildings ensures at least 20% of any supplied parking spaces are ready for electric vehicle (EV) charging equipment to be installed.


6 Trends in Sustainable Construction for 2019

By Paul Kerrigan

Building a new home comes with a myriad of decisions: How many bedrooms? Do you need a big garage? What about your landscaping? One of the easiest decisions to make is to build sustainably. Sustainable homes are beneficial for both homeowners and the environment. This is due to the energy efficient design process and green building practices.


How the Architecture Industry Is Reacting to Climate Change

By Elizabeth Stamp Photo by Rasmus Hjortshoj

As businesses and governments grapple with how to approach climate change, the field of architecture faces a monumental opportunity—and some might argue an immense responsibility—to make an impact


Create sustainability and lower your bills with a green remodel

By Anthony Maschmedt

Q: Our home was built in the 1970s, and we’re considering serious renovations. Do you have any tips for making our home greener and more energy-efficient in the process?


Goodbye, gas furnaces? Why electrification is the future of home heating Social Sharing

By Emily Chung Photo by Shane Fowler

It’s a stereotype, but it’s true — Canada’s winters are cold. And many of us stay toasty by burning fossil fuels such as natural gas in our furnaces or the boilers that feed our radiators.



To Fight Climate Change, One City May Ban Heating Homes With Natural Gas

By Mike Baker Photo by Ruth Fremson

As a progressive-minded city nestled where the Cascade mountains reach the sea, Bellingham, Wash., has long been looking to scale back its contribution to climate change. In recent years, city leaders have converted the streetlights to low-power LEDs, provided bikes for city employees and made plans to halt the burning of sewage solids.


Sustainable housing? Combine existing technologies for the best results

By Linda Bak Photo by Laura

A sustainable house covering a variety of aspects, from the drawing to the execution and the completion. Team CASA, a student team from Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), combines existing technologies in one house with the aim of accelerating the energy transition. During the Dutch Design Week (DDW) they will be showing the model of the house that will actually be built in Helmond next year.