Smart Homes

Green Home Designers Embrace Home Control Systems

September 9, 2010
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Green Home Designers Embrace Home Control Systems

We’re seeing it more and more: Designers of green homes are embracing home technologies like home control and automation systems. That’s because they realize that adding energy management through home control can effectively cut a family’s energy use as they go through their daily routines. These systems add to a green home’s energy efficiency,...

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Movable Walls for Energy Savings

August 26, 2010
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Movable Walls for Energy Savings

We’ve written about the Lumenhaus, a project built by Virginia Tech students as part of the 2009 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., but we just couldn’t resist pointing to it again. The experimental house recently won the Solar Decathlon Europe competition in Madrid, Spain. But what we love about it are: Movable polycarbonate panels...

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3 Water-saving Homes

June 2, 2010
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3 Water-saving Homes

When we think of green and electronics, we usually think of energy efficiency. But conserving water is a fundamental way to be green and more sustainable. Water conservation is a huge concern in California and the southwest—and could be practiced even in areas that get plenty of rainfall. You can save thousands of gallons...

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GreenTech Homes of the Future?

October 30, 2009
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GreenTech Homes of the Future?

Want to see how future homes may look and the green technologies they may contain? Check out the virtual tours of homes built for the Solar Decathlon held recently in Washington, D.C. The Solar Decathlon is a biennial competition among college and university students to design, build, and operate the most attractive, effective, and...

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