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A Great Success: Classic 1970s Passive Solar Home Turned Net Zero

 
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I've been in Lexington, Kentucky this week at the Midwest Residential Energy Conference. It was great! (And I played nice - I didn't mention in any of my talks that I'm a Florida Gator.) One of the many highlights for me was getting to visit Richard "Dick" Levine's 1970s passive solar house. It's not like any other house I've seen, and I've seen other passive solar houses.

Look for Me by the Question Mark

 
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I'm in California this week at the Dry Climate Forum, hanging out with some of my favorite people in the home performance business. Gavin Healy, Dan Perunko, Mike MacFarland, and Rick Chitwood are the ringleaders, but all 6 dozen of us here belong to the same tribe: the tribe of questioners.

A First Sentence to Rival Gabriel García Márquez's Firing Squad

 

"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice." Thus opens Gabriel García Márquez's classic work of literature, One Hundred Years of Solitude. It's the most memorable first sentence of any book I've ever read.

Steve Jobs — An Icon for Change

 
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The wave is spreading outward from Silicon Valley. Naturally, those of us mainlining Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn were the first to hear the news: Steve Jobs has died.

Energy Efficient Design: A Golden Opportunity for Architects

 
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As we approach Christmas, I am reminded of the days when my siblings and I would, one by one, make our way down to the Family Room on Christmas morning to count the number of gifts for each of us. Some years, that was at 4 am, and we'd realize it was way to early to get up. Our parents wouldn't be getting up for at least 3 more hours, so we'd go back to our rooms and try to get back to sleep. Needless to say, we couldn't!

The 'Not So Big House' and Energy Efficient Design

 

"Making something beautiful is one of the most sustainable things you can do." - Sarah Susanka, Author of The Not So Big House.

Creativity, Education, and Green Jobs

 
Creativity is essential to education, in green jobs and everything else.

As I promised yesterday, here's that TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson about how people who tend toward the intellectual learning style have dominated education systems worldwide and even created those education systems in their likeness.

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