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Whole-House Systems Approach | Department of Energy

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The whole-house systems approach used to design this ultra-efficient home at Lone Star Ranch in Frisco, Texas, resulted in a home that consumes no more energy that its renewable energy systems produce. Photo from Building Science Corporation.

Designing and building a new house or renovating an existing house to be highly energy-efficient requires careful planning and attention to detail. A whole-house systems approach helps homeowners, architects, and builders develop successful strategies for optimizing home energy efficiency.

This approach considers the house as an energy system with interdependent parts, each of which affects the performance of the entire system. It also takes the occupants, site, and local climate into consideration.

To ensure that your new or renovated home takes full advantage of a whole-house systems approach, hire an experienced design and building team and insist that they use a whole-building systems approach from the beginning of the design

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How To Approach Spring Decor

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Anyone else love spring? I love the fresh start it brings to the year … Warm air, flowers blooming, and the sunshine! As much as I love getting outside during the spring months, I also love bringing spring into our home. The number one question I get asked is where to get started or how to approach spring decor. If I had to give one tip on how to approach spring decor it would be to bring the garden in. So how do I do this? I think of the things I might use in a garden … watering can, different tools, plants, gloves, boots, plant markers, etc & then bring those items into my home to use when styling a space! I want to share with you my best tips for bringing the garden into your home …

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Bring the garden in with a bunch of

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