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Home Energy November December 2015 : Page 1

w w w.homeenergy.org facebook.com/homeenergymag t witter: @homeenergymag NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2015 Vol. 32 No. 6 contents 2 Editorial VW Isn’t the Only One That Circumvents 30 Contributors 31 Calendar 31 Advertiser Index 32 The Back Porch Postretrofit News and Analysis 4 DOE’s Home Energy Score: Looking Back and Forging Ahead A Net Zero Energy Low-Income Senior Housing Development by Kathleen Marshall and Sean Armstrong This Fort Bragg, California, senior housing development is 100% net zero—plus it’s performing beyond the wildest hopes of its designers and developers. 16 The Cottages at Cypress: online Trends Getting Some Shade by Everest Fang Hempcrete: Eco-Friendly and Unique by Elena Gardner Comparing and Contrasting Residential Green-Building Certifications by Brett Little Wisconsin Multifamily Benchmark by Mark Faultersack How to Become a Home Performance Superhero by Paul Morin GO TO WWW.HOM EENERGY.ORG FOR NOVEMBER/DECE MBER 2015 $ 15 by Joan Glickman A progress summary, highlights, and the potential to make residential energy efficiency information available for every home in the United States. THIS ISSUE’S ONLI NE-ONLY ARTICLES! 10 When Above Average Is Not Good Enough— Results From a Study of High-Energy-Using Homes in Minnesota 22 Living in an Old House NET ZERO COT IN FORT BRA TAGES GG DOE’s Home Energy Score High -Energy-Using Homes in Minnesota Passive House Remodel by Jeannette LeZaks and Ingo Bensch To learn more about high-energy users, 100 homes received a walk-through audit, a blower door test, and an in-depth homeowner interview. Remodeled to Passive House Standard by Chie Kawahara Homeowners of the 93-year-old Santa Cruz bungalow share lessons learned from living in their home for the past two years. COVER: Mini-splits tucked away between the net zero Cottages at Cypress in Fort Bragg. Photo by Kathleen Marshall. www. homeenergy.org 1

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