Monday, April 30, 2007

Actively Passive: Some German Secrets for Energy Savings --

Unlike profligate North Americans, in Germany they have gone from a standard house's consumption of fuel oil of up to 30 litres per square meter to "three litre houses" to "passive" (max 1.5 litres per square meter) to "positive energy" houses that give back more than they consume. Everybody is doing it; more than six thousand have been built. Architects compete to design the most energy efficient homes. Houses and apartments are being renovated and upgraded; The government gives subsidized loans to encourage it. It isn't even hard or high tech - lots of insulation, good siting for solar gain - is largely sufficient. Here's the full article from der Spiegel online:

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