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Designing a resilient school for a rugged environment

Nestled in remote Mineral County, Colorado, the Creede School District has a challenging mission: How do you meet the needs of a population that can range from about 700 to 4,000, depending on the tourist season, in a climate where the temperature can drop 40 degrees in an hour?

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How to create smarter indoor-outdoor connections

In regions such as Texas, the move toward outdoor living is reaching epic proportions. There’s a method for designing outdoor elements to create a comfortable home. See how San Antonio architect John Grable does it.

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Environmentally speaking: Gas or electric?

Are gas or electric appliances better for the environment? Nikki Fotheringham, a blogger at Greenmoxie specializing in green living ideas and tips, takes a look at the intriguing question.

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Fannie Mae is making it easier to finance efficiency

Energy efficiency and water efficiency improvements may become more affordable to your customers. Fannie Mae introduced a HomeStyle Energy mortgage that allows borrowers to finance energy upgrades when purchasing or refinancing their home, HousingWire’s Kelsey Ramírez reports.

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A modern family retreat, liberated from the suburbs

Architect Jordan Goldstein’s family retreat on 23 acres of rolling Virginia farmland came with few zoning restrictions, allowing his creativity and vision to guide his modern design.

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Eight cold-climate tips for tankless water heaters

Tankless water heaters are popular for their compact size and low energy use, and propane fuel means they can be installed virtually anywhere. In regions that see snow and frigid temperatures, keep these eight tips in mind when specifying, installing, and maintaining tankless units.

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How a builder got his sensitive home site approved

To appease sensitive town boards and proceed with a beautiful, riverside renovation, Scott Jung had to design a project that would preserve a nearby river and tread lightly on the power grid. With propane and solar, he had just the right tools at his disposal.

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Demand for high-efficiency furnaces on the rise

Furnace manufacturers are introducing systems that improve comfort while reducing energy bills for homeowners, reports Joanna Turpin in ACHR News. Other product developments include the growth of ECM furnaces and smaller furnaces paired with large air-conditioning units.

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It’s getting easier to save on water heating

Although it’s not a topic homeowners typically think about, water heater efficiency should get more attention — it’s the second biggest energy guzzler in most homes, writes the Environmental Protection Agency's Dean Gamble in Builder.

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Solving healthcare heating challenges

In Lakeway, Texas, the Lakeway Regional Medical Center and the Vibra Rehabilitation Hospital of Lake Travis are thriving and growing. Along with their location, they have an operational detail in common: They both solved key building system challenges with propane.

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