Gary Kahanak
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Fannie Mae Energy Improvement Feature, Whither Art Thou?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Gary Kahanak Jun 16, 2011. 2 Replies

Late last year Fannie Mae rolled out a new product, its Energy Improvement Feature (EIF).  The EIF replaced the Energy Efficiency Mortgage.  On paper, the EIF seems to be a significant improvement,…Continue


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A Solution for Appraisers--the Weak Link

Posted on October 1, 2011 at 5:00am 21 Comments

"Money makes the world go 'round," goes the old saying, and it's certainly true in the world of residential energy efficiency.  Many worthy home House and dollar sign symbols energy upgrade projects are cancelled or put on hold because the owners feel they won't get their investment back if they should sell soon.  Likewise for new construction, many builders in the speculative home market feel forced to build to the lowest performance standard, because energy upgrades won't "appraise out."

Plainly put,…


Perceived Value of an Energy Audit

Posted on March 30, 2011 at 5:00pm 6 Comments

There is a lot of discussion and debate in the home performance industry about why home energy audits have only penetrated such a small portion of the U.S. housing market.  We know that performance problems in existing homes are the rule rather than the exception.  We know that most reasonable comprehensive home energy upgrades will result in a minimum 10-30% reduction in energy consumption and utility bills.  We know that energy audits identify measures that can improve indoor air quality,…


Musings on Texas Rolling Blackouts

Posted on February 5, 2011 at 12:00pm 8 Comments

The recent incident of rolling blackouts that occurred in the Texas ERCOT power grid raises some interesting issues for home owners, residential energy professionals and others concerned about energy policy.  A recent article by…


Energy Efficiency and the Big Picture

Posted on January 16, 2011 at 7:00pm 1 Comment

I keep striving to see the Big Picture, which some consider a flaw, but while in that mode I chanced upon a book that may have given me a Glimpse.

I recommend reading, “The Plundered Planet: Why We Must—and How We Can—Manage Nature for Global Prosperity,” the latest work by Paul Collier. Collier is Professor of Economics at Oxford University, and a former director of Development Research at the World Bank. He demonstrates an understanding of how countries and economies work--and…


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At 7:30pm on October 7, 2011, Laura Reedy Stukel said…
Too bad we cannot clone Sandy!  Keep in touch.
At 8:30am on January 1, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Gary,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the
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