Zero Energy Home Built of Recycled Wood
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Dwell Development is constructing a home in Seattle that boasts of having a host of sustainable features, including being built mostly out of recycled and reclaimed materials. They are seeking the Built Green Emerald Star certification for it, and getting it would make this the first home in Seattle to obtain it.

The home measures 2,218 sq ft (206 sq m). It features a rooftop mounted 6.6 kW photovoltaic array, which is capable of producing all the energy the home needs. To further increase the energy efficiency of the home, the roof and window placement were configured to maximize solar gain without sacrificing the aesthetics of the design. The home is seeking a HERS Score of 0 or lower to confirm its intended zero energy status, which the builders are certain will be the case.

The home is also equipped with a heat recovery ventilation system, which expels stale air from the house and draws in fresh air. This system is also used to maintain a comfortable interior temperature. The home also features an efficient hot water heat pump, which uses only 1 kW of energy to generate 4.5 kW of heat. According to Dwell, this is 78 percent less energy usage in comparison to classic hot water systems.

The house also has an airtight seal, achieved by adequate insulation and wood-framed windows and doors. This seal minimiz…………… continues on Jetson Green

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Long ago, I lived in a cheap flat in San Francisco and worked as the lone straight man in a gay construction company. Strangely enough, the drought now strangling California brings back memories of those days. It was the 1970s. Our company specialized in restoring the Victorian “gingerbread” to the facades of the city’s townhouses, and I got pretty good at installing cornices, gable brackets, and window hoods, working high above the street.

What I remember most, though, is the way my co-workers delighted in scandalizing me on Monday mornings with accounts of their weekend exploits.

We were all so innocent back then. We had no idea of the suffering that lay ahead or of the grievous epidemic already latent in the bodies of legions of gay men like my friends, an epidemic that would afflict so many outside the gay community but was especially terrible within it.

It’s unlikely that many of those guys are alive today. HIV was already in the population, although AIDS had yet to be detected or named, and no one had heard of “safe sex,” let alone practiced it. When the epidemic broke out, it was nowhere worse than in trendsetting San Francisco.

By then I had returned to New Mexico, h…………… continues on As California goes, so goes the country: Welcome to our hotter future – Grist

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