"I second @Kyle Brown's comment! Video is a quick, relatively easy message to follow: to really get at the root of a problem, make sure you logically explore all possible connections between your home's various systems."
Some who work to increase energy efficiency and intelligent/wise use of energy are, and some will be, permaculturists. Some are involved in Transition initiatives. Here's a home base for any/all interested in the relationships and prospects.See More
New York is increasing its energy standards and is investigating the possibility of implementing the Passive House Standard for new construction and retrofit projects. Interviewee: Ken Levenson, with NY Passive House Assoc and 475.