The Science of Sustainability

Jim Gunshinan

Jim Gunshinan

Jim Gunshinan is the editor of Home Energy, the magazine of sustainable home building and renovation.

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Energy Geeks Converge at ACEEE's Boot Camp

Energy Geeks Converge at ACEEE's Boot Camp

Every two years the staff of the magazine I edit, Home Energy, is invited down to the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California, to publish a daily newsletter for the biennial ACEEE Summer Study of Energy Efficiency in Buildings.

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How To Wash That Energy Waste Right Out of Your Hair

How To Wash That Energy Waste Right Out of Your Hair

For an individual, switching to a two-in-one shampoo and conditioner could save more than 730 gallons of water a year and save about $4 in energy costs.

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More Evidence that the Stimulus Bill is Working

More Evidence that the Stimulus Bill is Working

The Bay Area and our neighbor to the north, Portland, Oregon, have had a friendly competition over which of us is the greenest state.

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Community Action Agencies Continue to Fight for Low-Income Families

Community Action Agencies Continue to Fight for Low-Income Families

Government works when it is directed towards helping its citizens live healthy and productive lives.

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Mobile Homes You Wouldn't Consider Mobile

Mobile Homes You Wouldn't Consider Mobile

What's better than keeping one 100-year-old house out of the landfill? Keeping two 100-year-old houses out of the landfill.

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A New Energy Label Promotes Wind Power

A New Energy Label Promotes Wind Power

Soon you’ll be able to go to a store and buy a product you know was made from pure, clean wind energy.

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Cool Roofs

Cool Roofs

As global average temperature increases, the Arctic becomes warmer, the snow melts, and seawater takes its place. Snow is a great reflector of invisible light; seawater isn’t.

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Goodbye to the Lightbulb We All Know and Love

Goodbye to the Lightbulb We All Know and Love

What’s killing the familiar bulb is an act of Congress that mandated efficiency standards that incandescents cannot meet.

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Prediction Vs. Performance: Facing Energy Challenges

Prediction Vs. Performance: Facing Energy Challenges

Henry Gifford, a mechanical systems designer and principal at Gifford Fuel Saving, Inc. in New York City, is suing the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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Keeping Score

Keeping Score

I have a dream that someday homeowners across the land will feel about their houses and apartments the same way people of my generation felt about their first car. They will all know the basic nomenclature—kilowatt-hours and/or Btu per square foot per year. Or something like that.

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Leslie Gets Weatherized–You Can Too!

Leslie Gets Weatherized–You Can Too!

An Associate Editor at Home Energy Magazine has her home weatherized for free via PG&E's CARE and Energy Partners Programs.

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Home Energy Efficiency is All About Location, Location, Location

Home Energy Efficiency is All About Location, Location, Location

While government tax incentives and rebates are important, it is up to local governments, retailers, and large and small home performance companies to sell energy efficiency. And every location and every homeowner is different, with different values and needs.

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From End to End on the Green Home Spectrum

From End to End on the Green Home Spectrum

This week I stopped by West Coast Green taking place at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. It's an interactive conference focusing on innovation for the built environment.

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Berkeley Economist on Taking Economics Seriously In U.S. Energy Policy

Berkeley Economist on Taking Economics Seriously In U.S. Energy Policy

"We face a series of energy challenges," says economist, Severin Borenstein of the Haas School of Business at U.C. Berkeley. Read more on the QUEST Community Science Blog.

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Is the Climate Right for Efficiency in China?

Is the Climate Right for Efficiency in China?

Notes from Asilomar: The 15th Biannual Summer Study, Energy Use In Buildings, of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (August 15–20, 2010).

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Sunday Plenary – Efficiency is the Centerpiece: Where are We Going?

Sunday Plenary – Efficiency is the Centerpiece: Where are We Going?

Notes from Asilomar: The 15th Biannual Summer Study, Energy Use In Buildings, of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (August 15–20, 2010).

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Cats and Dogs Forming Acronyms (and furthering green building in California)

Cats and Dogs Forming Acronyms (and furthering green building in California)

It started in Santa Clara County, then spread to Marin, and now its everywhere in California; builders, developers, city governments, and environmentalists, all getting along and creating green building standards together. It's the new PC – Policy Collaboration.

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Legalize Marijuana–Save Our Houses?

Legalize Marijuana–Save Our Houses?

Are high energy use and a rotting housing stock in the North more reasons to legalize, regulate, and tax marijuana for anyone?

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Slowing Down PACE

Slowing Down PACE

The Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) is being blocked for the time being by, of all things, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, holders of about half of the home mortgages in the country and a major player in the financial crisis that we are still recovering from.

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California On the Green Cutting Edge Again

California On the Green Cutting Edge Again

The eyes of the nation are once again upon California for making bold steps in the water efficiency, energy efficiency, and global climate change arenas.

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