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Utility death spiral = higher taxes? Perhaps...
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If you are in the energy industry and not familiar with the utility death spiral, you should be. It's real, it's big and it's gaining speed much faster than anyone, especially the utilities, saw…Continue

Tags: grid, defection, outs, bail, death

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Jan 19.

Green feature values in Real Estate
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Does anyone know of a resource which gives a simple estimated dollar value for green home features?For example, a solar hot water heater adds value to a home but how much?Thanks Home Energy Pros!Feel…Continue

Tags: value, estate, real

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeffrey Gephart Jan 16.

Which orgs are working in the Home Energy/Real Estate space?

Ok Home Energy Industry experts, I need some help.It's no surprise to anyone in the Home Energy industry that getting homeowners to buy Home Energy Improvement solutions is a challenge. We are all…Continue

Tags: addendum, green, appraisal, estate, real

Started Jan 8

How does efficiency factor into a grid parity world?
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It occurred to me as I was reading this report that…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Blanchette Oct 26, 2014.

 

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George Kopf commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"Colin, I am familiar with http://ring4club.com/. I like working with professionals who take such pride in their work. I can't believe I am recommending a law suit. It just goes counter to everything I hold dear.  "
Aug 24
George Kopf commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"Chris, To answer your questions: Do you know of cases in which building owners have taken legal action against contractors who did not properly install and/or test the energy-delivery systems in their buildings? None that I know of. In…"
Aug 24
George Kopf commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"I have bought two town homes in California in the last 5 years. Even though code says I was supposed to get a HERS report on both of them, I haven't seen a single HERS report. When I called my local city code enforcement department to get them…"
Aug 24
George Kopf replied to Ryan Miller's discussion First NC and now GA - Building Performance Associations taking shape
"Ryan, Congratulations. Sounds like you are off to a great start. I was just in western North Carolina on vacation. Beautiful country.  Wishing you continued success. "
Aug 24
George Kopf commented on Tom White's video
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"Outstanding video. Outstanding non-profit. Outstanding program. Kudos to Rising Sun Energy Center. "
Jul 2
Dennis Heidner replied to George Kopf's discussion Utility death spiral = higher taxes? Perhaps...
"Agreed,  that is in part why benchmarking of commercial buildings including apartments, multi-family residential buildings has been adopted in many of the larger cities... and over the next 20 - 30 years it may be pushed down to smaller…"
Jan 19
Bob Blanchette replied to George Kopf's discussion Utility death spiral = higher taxes? Perhaps...
"The biggest issue is rental houses don't get fixed. When they do landlords are looking at 1st costs instead of utility bills. Baseboard heat is mostly non-existant in Oklahoma, it's electric air handlers with straight AC.…"
Jan 19
Dennis Heidner replied to George Kopf's discussion Utility death spiral = higher taxes? Perhaps...
"Baseboard/resistance heat homes can be upgraded.  Minisplits, in ten years will pretty much drive the pure resistance heaters out of the retrofit and new construction markets. In twenty-five years perhaps 50% of those existing Oklahoma homes…"
Jan 18
Bob Blanchette replied to George Kopf's discussion Utility death spiral = higher taxes? Perhaps...
"A means of storing a large quantity of energy for a low cost needs to happen before utilities become obsolete. Also keep in mind that most homes are NOT high performance and require a high level of energy to operate. 75% of all-electric homes in…"
Jan 18
Dennis Heidner replied to George Kopf's discussion Utility death spiral = higher taxes? Perhaps...
"Industry transformation happen frequently, we tend to forget that will  society moves on.   Since you asked the question "What am I missing?" , let me offer some examples of where society moved on. 1.  Prior to…"
Jan 17
Jeffrey Gephart replied to George Kopf's discussion Green feature values in Real Estate
"Lots of good advice here. As such I don't have a lot to add. There is a tool called PV Value that should used anytime you have a PV system. Its information should be added to the Appraisal Institute's Residential Green and Energy Efficient…"
Jan 16
Melissa Baldridge replied to George Kopf's discussion Green feature values in Real Estate
"We've had great success with the income approach.  'Like I said - simple but not always easy."
Jan 15
Richard L. Sanderson replied to George Kopf's discussion Green feature values in Real Estate
"Melissa: I've been using Marshall and Swift publications for many years. The caution here is that Marshall & Swift is a manual for the cost approach to value, it does not give you an "appraised value." From what I can gather from…"
Jan 15
George Kopf replied to George Kopf's discussion Green feature values in Real Estate
"That report is helpful. Thank you. Perhaps this is a business opportunity for some big data company?"
Jan 15
George Kopf replied to George Kopf's discussion Green feature values in Real Estate
"Interesting. Not precisely what I was looking for but helpful. Thank you!"
Jan 15
George Kopf replied to George Kopf's discussion Green feature values in Real Estate
"Very familiar with Elevate. They are doing great work and have laid out a great roadmap.  But a map (read: theory) is useless unless it's put into practice. To quote Hamlet, "Aye, there's the rub....""
Jan 15

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At 12:18pm on June 7, 2011, Tom White said…

Welcome, George to Home Energy Pros.  I'm glad to see that it's useful for you and your crews!

 

 

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