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Should home-performance ratings be required on property listings?
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Recognizing that this group may be a bit biased, I invite your responses for a survey on whether home-performance ratings should be required on property listings, as they are in the U.K.Please…Continue

Tags: estate, certificate, energy, real, MLS

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris J Folse Nov 26, 2011.

Home Energy Ratings
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Friends of mine bought a 550-year-old estate outside of London. The real estate listing included the attached image, which shows how the property compares for energy efficiency and CO2 impact against…Continue

Tags: estate, CO2, emissions, real, ratings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kent Mitchell Oct 20, 2011.

Free webinar 7/19: How to Use Energy Audits to Reduce a Home's Cost of Ownership

Hi everyone. Join us at daily5REMODEL -- and/or invite your staff and colleagues -- for a free webinar next Tuesday by HERS rater, BPI analyst…Continue

Tags: Green, Scott, Pusey, daily5Remodel, Everyday

Started Jul 14, 2011

Save $550 on your next BPI certification

If you plan to add to your certifications from the Building Performance Institute -- and you'd like to save the usual $550 exam cost -- consider entering the new contest on daily5Remodel:…Continue

Tags: daily5Remodel, contest, BPI

Started Jun 2, 2011

 

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Shade Structures commented on Leah Thayer's blog post Bringing Design/Build to Home Performance
"But even though there are aspects missing with modern architecture, i think lately it has been compensated with green architecture ideas like natural lighting and ventilation, more open floor space for a floor plan, blinds, etc."
Jan 31, 2013
Leah Thayer posted a blog post

Honest Product Reviews by the Green Police

Hi folks. This appears on daily5REMODEL today, and I'm republishing it here to elicit more feedback for Michael and Carl. If you'd like to be eligible to win Carl's forthcoming book, Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction ($99), please…See More
Dec 13, 2011
Chris J Folse replied to Leah Thayer's discussion Should home-performance ratings be required on property listings?
"Classic?? :) The utility bills will tell you a lot about how the house performed for the seller. If they are an average user and they buyer is an average user then most likely it will be close. The utility bills will tell you a lot more too if you…"
Nov 26, 2011
Keith M. Bender replied to Leah Thayer's discussion Should home-performance ratings be required on property listings?
"Slowing down transactions has been as much the Seller's contribution as have the Buyer's slowed things down.  A newer home will usually sell for more money and may be young enough to have upgraded systems as par for the course…"
Nov 26, 2011
Classic Residential, Inc. replied to Leah Thayer's discussion Should home-performance ratings be required on property listings?
"CJ getting seller's utility bill history is not related to the buyer's usage in any way.  The purpose of a HERS rating is to get a clear understanding of the home and its energy loads as a whole compared to other homes.  The…"
Nov 26, 2011
Chris J Folse replied to Leah Thayer's discussion Should home-performance ratings be required on property listings?
"I believe that if the buyer wants to know what the energy costs are they can get the information from the sellers utility bills for the past year if they want to share them. However, if they want an energy audit for the purpose of…"
Nov 26, 2011
Keith M. Bender replied to Leah Thayer's discussion Should home-performance ratings be required on property listings?
"Simply yes. It should be disclosed at time of offering the "Home" for sale because it is a monthly cost associated with household operation. We allknow that the best one can get from this is a snapshot, or point in timedisplay of…"
Nov 25, 2011
William H Nickerson commented on Leah Thayer's blog post What's Wrong with These Pictures? A Contest
"As soon as its published...WHAT!"
Nov 21, 2011
William H Nickerson commented on Leah Thayer's blog post What's Wrong with These Pictures? A Contest
"1]single top plate. 2]slopply foam job,shallow thickness 3]hole in the ductwork? 4]siding cut too low,terrible weave,water problems 5]bad valley work 6]reverse fall on attached roof 7]no flashing"
Nov 21, 2011
Chris Heenan replied to Leah Thayer's discussion Should home-performance ratings be required on property listings?
"In Georgia, legislator introduced a bill to add average utility costs to numbers used to qualify mortgage.   In GA now it is just mortgage, insurance, and taxes. I saw this in last 2 weeks. I'll update when I find link."
Nov 20, 2011
Carl Seville commented on Leah Thayer's blog post What's Wrong with These Pictures? A Contest
"Jon - Thanks for the comment.  The problem with the foam is not that it's uneven, rather it's way too thin, only about 4"maximum.  The strapping was done by the framer to even out a sloped ceiling with a duct chase (no…"
Nov 17, 2011
Jon Haehnel commented on Leah Thayer's blog post What's Wrong with These Pictures? A Contest
"I think image 2 is more than uneven insualtion.  It's open cell foam insulation and that always looks uneven.  I think it is that they added strapping to the rafters to increase cavity depth and the ran the strapping parallel to…"
Nov 17, 2011
Robert H commented on Leah Thayer's blog post What's Wrong with These Pictures? A Contest
"1 Definately not  a job using advanced framing 2 Uneven insualtion with at least 1 area having minimal insualtion. 3  Hole in trunk line.  What are they trying to do with the insulation 4 Water is funneled in to side of house due to…"
Nov 17, 2011
Bryce Cramer commented on Leah Thayer's blog post What's Wrong with These Pictures? A Contest
"Photo 1 has way more jack studs than required. Photo 2 is under-insulated in the one rafter cavity. Photo 3 someone left an unsealed hole in supply duct. Photo 4, valley is running into side of house. Photo 5, wood facia is running into roofing…"
Nov 17, 2011
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What's Wrong with These Pictures? A Contest

note: I published this article today on daily5REMODEL, and remodelers and home performance pros are weighing in with some excellent responses. Feel free to post your response here, but please also post it on d5R if you want to be eligible for the prize, a signed and inscribed copy of the forthcoming book…See More
Nov 17, 2011
Leah Thayer posted a blog post

What's Wrong with These Pictures? A Contest

note: I published this article today on daily5REMODEL, and remodelers and home performance pros are weighing in with some excellent responses. Feel free to post your response here, but please also post it on d5R if you want to be eligible for the prize, a signed and inscribed copy of the forthcoming book…See More
Nov 8, 2011

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Honest Product Reviews by the Green Police

Hi folks. This appears on daily5REMODEL today, and I'm republishing it here to elicit more feedback for Michael and Carl. If you'd like to be eligible to win Carl's forthcoming book, Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction ($99), please…

Continue

Posted on December 13, 2011 at 7:00am

What's Wrong with These Pictures? A Contest

note: I published this article today on daily5REMODEL, and remodelers and home performance pros are weighing in with some excellent responses. Feel free to post your response here, but please also post it on d5R if you want to be eligible for the prize, a signed and inscribed copy of the forthcoming book…

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Posted on November 8, 2011 at 3:46pm — 6 Comments

9 Questions about Green Building Litigation

I published this Q&A with Chris Cheatham on daily5REMODEL this morning. Click here for the original article, along with comments. -- Leah Thayer

 

 

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Posted on July 25, 2011 at 7:37am — 3 Comments

Bringing Design/Build to Home Performance

I interviewed architect Chris Laumer-Giddens, of Energy Vanguard, on the company's new integrated design-build / home-performance model last week. I'm reposting the interview here, with Chris's permission. -- Leah Thayer, daily5Remodel…

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Posted on April 28, 2011 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

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At 9:47am on April 4, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Leah,

Thanks for the great blog about Home Energy Pros on Daily 5 Remodel. Very nicely written. I'll tweet it and post on Home Energy Saver's facebook page. I also shared with the folks at Home Energy magazine.

Great to have you here! Why not share some of your home performance related blogs here?

Diane

 

 

 

At 7:43pm on February 4, 2011, Jon LaMonte said…
Leah, EMC stands for electric management corporation. Some call them electric management coop.
 
 
 

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