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Solar Technologies - Solar technologies are characterized as either passive solar or active solar depending on the way they capture, convert and distribute solar energy. Read more here...

Heat Transfer - Heat can be transferred by three mechanisms: radiation, conduction, and convection. A passive solar home incorporates all three heat transfer mechanisms into its design. Read more here...

Energy Consumption - The combined energy use by commercial and residential buildings in the United States represents nearly thirty percent of the country's total energy consumption Read more here...

Embodied Energy - Embodied energy is the total energy consumption represented in the acquisition, production, assembly and transportation of any man made material. Read more here...

Sustainable Concrete - Concrete is an ideal material for creating thermal mass. Yet there are concerns in the sustainable building community about the environmental qualities of concrete. Read more here...

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