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The Active House B10 generates twice the amount of energy it needs thanks to the photovoltaic panels on the roof. The 970-square-foot house, completed last July in Germany, uses smart-grid technology and is so energy efficient it also powers a pair of electric cars as well as a building in the neighboring Weissenhof Museum. The prefab structure only takes a day to assemble once it’s on-site.

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Lumber Liquidators, which allegedly sold Chinese-made laminate flooring that contains unhealthy levels of formaldehyde, has been hit with five class-action lawsuits.

National consumer rights firm Hagens Berman claims the home testing kits the distributor provided to consumers concerned about indoor air quality are “unreliable” and are “designed to under-report the formaldehyde levels in the composite flooring.”

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Passive House Institute in Germany has established new categories for building certification that take into account a building’s primary energy system. The established standard will be called Passive House Classic, while the new categories are Passive House Plus and Passive House Premium.

Building Energy Data Exchange Specification (BEDES) version 1.1 was recently launched by the U.S. Energy Department. BEDES is a dictionary that facilitates consistent exchange of building characteristics and energy use data between tools and databases in the building energy efficiency sector.

On April 16, 2015, water heater manufacturers must comply with new Department of Energy (DOE) standards. The most common water heaters manufactured on and after this date will get a modest boost in efficiency. Units over 55 gallons will shift to next-generation technology, cutting utility bills by one-fourth to one-half depending on the technology.

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