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What 2015 Trade Conferences Will You Attend?

RTAblog_2013_0925_ConferencePlease leave a comment at the bottom of this blog post to share conferences you’re planning to attend!… Read more

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What 2014 Trade Conferences Will You Attend?

RTAblog_2013_0925_ConferenceLeave a comment at the bottom of this blog post to let us know if we’ve missed any shows you’re planning to attend!… Read more

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Life Cycle Assessment: Getting to the “Why” of Making Sustainable Decisions

RTAblog_2013_0412_LifeCycleAssesmentRyan was invited to participate in a panel discussion on “The Green Appraisal Process” at the Region IX meeting of the Appraisal Institute today. The following are notes for some of the issues he’s been asked to address.… Read more

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Does It Cost More to Build a Sustainable Home?

RTAblog_2013_0410_SprayFoamInsultationLast week, the only officially branded curmudgeon that we know (Carl Seville, “The Green Curmudegeon”) brought an article in Atlanta INtown to our attention. In the article David Fowler is quoted as saying “going green” costs “anywhere from 20 to … Read more

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What Conferences Will You Attend in 2013?

Each year brings a collection of interesting conferences that provide opportunities for learning, fellowship and re-focusing on priorities. Many “industry” conferences are open to the public and offer beginner courses appropriate for folks without technical knowledge. We hope this list … Read more

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Let’s Celebrate National Weatherization Day by Figuring Out What “Weatherization” Means

RTA_blog_2012_1030_BlowerDoorThe Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was created by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in 1976 to assist low-income families who can’t afford to improve the energy efficiency of their homes. Increasing energy efficiency helps families reduce their energy costs … Read more

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Is it Time to Install Your Winter Shower Head? Here’s How to Decide…

RTA_blog_2012_1024_ShowerHeadSome of us pay attention to water conservation because it’s important to us, others because it’s mandated by law. If you’ve installed a 1.5gpm shower head, it may be time to change for the winter.… Read more

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Will Competition Drive the Development of Large-Scale Solar Power in Georgia?

RTA_blog_2012_1016_SolarPanelsTom Baxter’s recent article in the SaportaReport suggests that Georgia Power has reversed course on solar power after Georgia Solar Utilities Inc. submitted a petition to the Georgia PSC to sell 80-megawatts of solar power. It seems that it just … Read more

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FTC Warns Window Manufacturers About Unsubstantiated Energy Efficiency Claims

RTA_Blog_2012_1009_FTCLast week, we encouraged you to be wary about the energy efficiency claims of window companies. The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection has been actively engaged in this issue so we’re following up on last week’s post … Read more

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Thinking About Replacing Your Windows? Don’t Believe the Big Energy Savings Promise!

2012_0713We shared a blog post on Georgia’s sales tax holiday for ENERGY STAR & WaterSense labeled products earlier this week. In that post, we promised to follow-up with some notes on replacing windows because many people are surprised, if not … Read more

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What is NIST and Why is the US Government Building a “Laboratory” House?

RTA_blog_2012_0918_NIST_NetZeroHouseOn September 12, 2012, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new two-story, 2,700 square foot house on its campus in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The house is a net-zero project built in partnership with … Read more

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Steven Hayward Speaks about “The EPA and Private Property”

haywardSteven F. Hayward was invited to speak at Hillsdale College‘s Allen P. Kirby Center about “The EPA and Private Property” on July 12th, 2012. We try to look at both sides of any issue so here’s his insight on … Read more

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Steve Mouzon ties planning, design & green building together for Green Building Council

Architect Steve Mouzon speaks to Green Building Council

Architect Steve Mouzon speaks to Green Building CouncilThe Green Building Council of the Greater Atlanta Home Builders presented architect Steve Mouzon as its featured speaker for 2012. Other GBC events throughout the year are typically panels and workshops. Previous featured speakers include architects Sarah Susanka and Peter Read more

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“If architects did their job, there wouldn’t be any need for building science.”

The Esplanade ApartmentsDr. Joe Lstiburek (pronounced “stee-bur-ek”) of Building Science Corporation gave an interview to Inhabitat earlier this summer. In his interview, Dr. Lstiburek said, “If architects did their job, there wouldn’t be any need for building science.” We agree and that’s … Read more

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