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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Energy, Community Development, Housing
The built environment accounts for approximately half the energy use and carbon footprint of the United States. Lean Buildings reduce energy flows by tapping basic natural heating and cooling techniques and renewable energy sources in ways that are region-specific and climate-sensitive....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
Water main geothermal combines the efficiency and technical capability of ground-source geothermal in cold climates with costs competitive to fossil gas furnaces. This report shows that water main geothermal could provide a viable, cost-effective alternative to traditional home heating...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Energy, Community Development, Housing
The U.S. housing market has seen significant transformation in the last few years, calling for a return of smaller, more efficient dwellings. Design and construction principles from places like the Philippines where pragmatic building practices employing simple construction methods...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS) are hardware or software systems that can monitor and provide feedback about a home's energy usage and enable advanced control of energy-using systems in a home. HEMS, along with smart technology, present unique opportunities for energy conservation....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
In cold climate regions, the installation of air-source heat pumps (ASHPs) to homes can reduce energy consumption, cost, and emissions. However, poor installation practices may undermine these benefits. This report outlines best practices to inform contractors installing ASHPs in...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level -
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Housing
As the price of electricity and heating fuels rise, the demand for energy efficient homes is skyrocketing, making a working knowledge of efficient home characteristics important for real estate professionals. This checklist can be used as a resource for keeping track of all the energy...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level -
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Housing
As the price of electricity and heating fuels rise, the demand for rental properties with energy-efficient features and lower utility bills is skyrocketing. This guide instructs renters on what to ask and look for to find an energy-efficient rental. It also outlines low cost measures...

Type Ordinance
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Vermont
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Housing
Montpelier's Home Energy Information Ordinance requires sellers in the City to provide a Vermont Home Energy Profile (VHEP) label when listing a home for sale. The label is intended to provide key home energy insights for residents, potential home buyers, sellers, real estate professionals,...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year -
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources, Health, Housing, Public Safety
Energy codes help manage conditions that can affect building integrity and occupant health such as moisture, temperature, and indoor air quality. This infographic highlights the ways in which adherence to energy codes ensures safe and healthy occupants, on top of mitigating climate...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level State
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Energy, Environment & Natural Resources
To achieve greater energy efficiency, states should adopt "stretch" energy codes to supplement their base building energy codes. This report explores "stretch" energy codes, outlines the difficulties in enforcing building rating systems as code, and describes how Massachusetts was...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level -
State(s) Vermont
Source Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Energy, Housing
This case study outlines how Vermont's Barden Seidman family was able to build an energy-efficient home with smart systems and appliances through a traditional retrofit project process. It discusses the project's successes and challenges and describes opportunities for further improvement....

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