NW Natural Gas has a great website on energy saving issues as well as new trends in the building industry. They are very proactive on presenting new natural gas technologies to save energy. It is interesting to note that in spite of NW Natural providing ways to save on energy costs, gas prices in Oregon have still decreased 26% in the last 3 years! Below are two articles that I thought were interesting.
When Kaufman Homes was developing The Villas at Illahe Hills an issue that we had to overcome was the sound of trains that were present behind the homes. When building a custom home or remodeling your house choosing the right windows and insulation can not only dampen sound but also increase energy efficiency. You have to take into consideration the site and the surroundings.