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Energy Efficiency Resources

Habitat for Humanity has a great resource page on energy efficiency with fact sheets on basic how-to info on building energy efficient homes and links to other resources:…Continue

Started by Diane Chojnowski Jul 5, 2012.

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Comment by Bruce A. Bailey on September 26, 2013 at 2:29pm

I want to test static pressure for Energy Star version 3 in a split heat pump with the air handler in an interior closet so it does not have any return air duct the filter is in the slot at the bottom of the air handler. The inspection form requires 2 inputs a supply side static pressure (I took it in the riser plenum attached to the Air handler.) and a return side static pressure that is supposed to be between the filter (slid in the bottom of the Air handler) and the blower fan. The contractor says he doesn't think he needs to take the return side static pressure because there are not any return air ducts but he will not allow me to drill a hole in the cabinet between the filter slot and the blower. What do you suggest I do to get an accurate number?

Thank you in advance for any help you can offer.

Comment by Michael Stuart on March 25, 2011 at 4:51pm
For those of you who may not have made it to the 2011 Habitat for Humanity Affiliate Conference in Atlanta this week... it was phenomenal!   Excellent sessions and conversations all week long!   It's really heartening to see the great things that Habitat is doing around the world and the things that they are now doing to advance the use and awareness of cutting-edge building science methods and materials in creating affordable, sustainable homes for so many!
Comment by Janet McIlvaine on January 26, 2011 at 9:07pm
Hello everyone! Anyone going to Affordable Comfort's national conference in San Francisco? pls send me an email or message.
Comment by Jon LaMonte on November 16, 2010 at 6:06pm
I am going to the Habitat Orientation meeting tomorrow night. I am looking forward to it.
Comment by Debra Monte on November 15, 2010 at 9:55am
I will be working on a remodel in Brooklyn, NY on Wednesday with Habitat for Humanity. I will let you know how it went.
Comment by TJ Ewing on November 5, 2010 at 7:11am
Thanks for setting up this group. I am the rater on three Habitat homes in Northern Michigan. The first was Energy Star (HERS 63), the second was Energy Star & NGBS (HERS 59), the third under construction may reach LEED Platinum. What great leadership HHI and the local HH groups show our communities by building energy efficient homes.
Comment by Allison A. Bailes III on November 4, 2010 at 3:33pm
James, Habitat has made great strides in greening their new homes, and they recently started doing the same with renovations. They've declared that by 2013, all their new homes will get the ENERGY STAR label. See the article I posted a link to in the discussions above for a little more detail. Kevin Gobble, who started this group is, I believe, their head guy. I've known him for a few years now, from the time we both worked at Southface in Atlanta, and he's really committed to making sure that Habitat builds high performance, affordable homes.
Comment by Tom White on November 4, 2010 at 2:01pm
James, while I can't speak for HHI, in the article I referenced below, the author states that "In December 2007, Habitat issued guidelines asking all of its affiliates to build homes that meet Energy Star efficiency standards and in 2009 it will begin requiring affiliates wishing to receive grants from the main organization to meet Energy Star criteria."
Comment by James Sayers on November 4, 2010 at 1:45pm
I have a question. Are there national EE standards for Habitat housing? Statewide? Or is every local group responsible for itself? I recently heard a good presentation about a Habitat group in eastern Iowa that had established some specific energy efficiency standards for their homes; my experience working with another group here in central Iowa was that a lot of this depends on the local coordinator in charge and his/her own knowledge and interest.
Comment by Tom White on November 4, 2010 at 12:04pm
Home Energy published an article about Habitat for Humanity of Lakeland, Florida in our Mar/Apr 2009 issue, which is available free online by clicking here. Many RESNET certified raters have expressed interest in volunteering with Habitat through a national RESNET community service project (see “Raters Offer Time and Talent to Habitat for Humanity,” HE Jan/Feb ’09, p. 8)
 

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