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In Germany, Consumers Embrace a Shift to Home Batteries

This post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360. Stefan Paris is a 55-year-old radiologist living in Berlin’s outer suburbs. He, his partner, and their 3-year-old daughter share a snug two-story house with a pool. The Parises, who are expecting a second child, are neither wealthy nor environmental firebrands. Yet the couple opted to spend $36,000 for a home solar system consisting of 26 solar panels, freshly installed on the roof this month, and a smart battery — about the size of a small refrigerator — parked in the cellar. On sunny days, the photovoltaic panels supply all of the Paris…

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Designing a High-Performance Building Envelope with Mineral Wool

Designing a High-Performance Building Envelope with Mineral Wool | 2019-05-01 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires certain…

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How Can Cement be Natural?

How Can Cement be Natural? | 2019-05-01 | Walls & Ceilings This website requires certain cookies to work and uses other cookies to help you have the best experience. By visiting this website, certain cookies have already been set, which you may delete and block. By closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to the use of cookies. Visit our updated privacy and cookie policy to learn more. This Website Uses CookiesBy closing this message or continuing to use our site, you agree to our cookie policy. Learn More This website requires certain cookies to work…

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Ductwork for ERVs, Dehumidifiers, and Forced-Air Heating Systems

All homes don't need a ducted whole-house dehumidifier like this model by Ultra-Aire. But any builder who decides to install a whole-house dehumidifier needs to understand how these appliances should be ducted. [Photo credit: Ultra-Aire] Is it possible for an ERV, a whole-house dehumidifier, and a forced-air heating and cooling system to share ductwork? The answer is yes — but these systems need to be designed with care. This article describes what I believe to be the best ways that these three appliances can share ductwork. Since there are many different products in these three appliance categories, and since each…

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California Eateries May Soon Add ‘Carbon Free’ to the Menu

California officials have announced the creation of a program to certify restaurants that offset carbon emissions from their operations. The program will help pay for carbon-reducing practices on the state's farms and ranches. [Photo credit: Strewn / CC BY-NC-ND / Flickr] In California, it may soon be possible to add “zero carbon” to your list of preferences when dining out. The Los Angeles Times reports that restaurants offsetting their climate impact by underwriting carbon-reducing agricultural practices will be added to a state directory that diners can browse before making a reservation. Restaurants should be able to make the list in one…

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How to Wire for LED Lighting

One of the benefits of using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) over conventional light bulbs is that they produce a lot of light without using a lot of electricity. This low current draw, and the possibility of using a low-voltage direct current (DC) circuit rather than a conventional alternating current (AC) circuit, has Caroline Di Diego looking for advice. “I understand we are still very much in a hybrid AC/DC universe and AC has to exist for kitchen appliances and infrastructure appliances in the utility room,” Di Diego wrote in a 2015 Q&A post. “However, our client wants to take the step…

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