As 2015 approaches, so does the deadline for meeting federal government energy mandates, which require a 30 percent total building energy reduction from 2003 baselines. Combined with rising energy costs and a renewed emphasis on sustainability, these three factors are making energy efficiency a top priority in local, state and federal governments. While there are a number of ways to reduce energy use, most involve sacrificing something in return – few actually enrich the quality of a ...

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