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Catherine Mohr’s TED talk: How to Really Green Your Home, Deep Down

Posted on | April 19, 2010 | No Comments

Catherine Mohr in her TED talk explains how to get down to brass tacks in deciding how to build your house.  The basis of her decisions is how much energy is embodied in the extraction, manufacture, transportation and installation of all the elements that go into a new building.

She’s right but I wish she talked more about reducing energy waste in existing buildings. There are so many strategies that could save so much energy.  If we can just eliminate the waste over the next 10 years, then all the cool new renewable technologies that are coming out now can fill in the remaining capacity and then we can finally be on the way to recovery.


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