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Nearly 500 men and women attended sessions on topics ranging from "Detailing Today's Envelope" to "Swedish Housing" at the March 15-16 conference of the Quality Building Council of the Northeast Solar Energy Association (NESEA, formerly the New England Solar Energy Association) in Hartford, Conn. The conference opened with a cheerful welcome by Christine Donovan of NESEA, after which Steve Bliss of Solar Age magazine gave a brief overview of solar and energyconscious housing in North America. Using slides to illustrate both aesthetic and unaesthetic examples, he presented an often humorous portrait of Solar America. One noteworthy slide showed a humble VW beetle parked in front of an equally undistinguished solar house. Bliss wryly noted that despite the resemblance, solar