Fodder for our website http://thousandhomechallenge.com/what-people-are-saying. Please add your contribution. Here is what we have to date:
“The Thousand Home Challenge is the only initiative that recognizes that the principal barrier to deep energy reductions is not a lack of technology or insurmountable cost, but rather the choices that people make in how they use energy”.
Marc Rosenbaum, P.E.
South Mountain Co., Inc., West Tisbury, MA
“Most importantly, the Thousand Home Challenge demonstrates significant measured reductions of energy use, and provides a simple way to empower participants – The target for each household is customized, logical, and easy to apply – whether to use as a benchmark or to track progress. Even those who have made significant investments often fall short of meeting their home’s target. The Thousand Home Challenge is a challenge that can inspire and clarify the variety of opportunities to transform the way we use household energy.”
Danny Parker (His home exceeds NZE by source definition; http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/en/publications/pdf/FSEC-RR-383-12.pdf)
Principal Research Scientist, Florida Solar Energy Center
University of Central Florida, Cocoa, Florida
“There are many “green building” efforts out there. Most of them will result in one or a handful of boutique buildings and some bragging rights, with little impact on what drives the effort in the first place—significant reductions in the overall energy picture. To make a difference, a program must have three elements: 1) existing buildings, 2) deep fixes, and 3) lots of buildings. The Thousand-Home Challenge has what it takes, plus inspired leadership by Linda Wigington.”
William B. Rose
Senior Research Architect
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
"National Grid is pleased to be a supporter of the Thousand Homes Challenge. It is a great way to share the work and lead the way in doing the right thing in our homes in terms of performance and climate change action."
David Connelly Legg
Dave Legg Energy Associates
(with National Grid at time of endorsement)
“The first time that I heard Linda Wigington talk about the Thousand Home Challenge was like a breath of fresh air. TheT housand Home Challenge breaks through the conventional payback mentality that only considers savings on our utility bills. We all know that there are many more factors to consider - from the military, psychological, and spiritual costs of "protecting our interests" in oil exporting regions of the world.
If a person wants to do the right thing for energy efficiency in their existing home, how do they determine reasonable goals? How does an architect or builder communicate these goals to their clients? I am delighted to have discovered the Thousand Home Challenge because I now have a framework for estimating a household's fair share of energy use based on climate, home size, fuel type, and number of occupants.”
AIM Associates, Petaluma, CA
“When I renovated my property located in the Rocky Mountains I was very pleased that I had achieved a significant reduction in energy use per square foot, only to find that by Thousand Home Challenge criteria I still had to cut my energy use in half to meet the Challenge. Since then, participating in the THC has provided an ongoing opportunity to learn, invest more time and money, track results, and be challenged. My regret is that I did not know about the Thousand Home Challenge when I started my project, as I would have gone deeper at that time”.
William A. Turner, MS, PE, LEED AP (THC candidate application in progress)
Turner Building Science & Design, LLC
“The Thousand Home Challenge webinar was most helpful to our team. Since we are planning a flip of this foreclosed home, we won’t be using THC the way most people do. The value of the THC tool is that it provides a target and starts a discussion about various ways to meet that target. Because of our short term ownership of the home, we won’t be officially making the Challenge. But our goal will be to provide the new homeowner a home where they could possibly live with that level of comfort and utility costs ... if they choose to follow through with appropriate life style and plug load decisions. Thanks for a great tool!”
Dave Robinson, principal,GreenEarthEquities
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