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Emergency Heating Situation Leads to Further Efficiency Upgrades in Morgan Park

In early November 2015, the boiler failed in building manager Chiaka Patterson’s 12-unit multifamily building in the Morgan Park area of Chicago. As winter was quickly approaching, Mrs. Patterson worried about her tenant’s comfort and safety. She reached out to Community Investment Corporation (CIC) to assist her with…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on December 9, 2016 at 7:16am — No Comments

Are low-E glass windows good to install on desert homes?

Energy Efficient Windows That Lower Energy Bills

The technology used in windows continues to deliver energy efficiency upgrades to home performance. One reason is because of its constantly improving solar and thermal performance with advancements such as solar control low-emissivity, or low-e coatings. So, what is low-e glass? And is it a good thing to use in hotter climates like the desert or the tropics? Let’s dive into both of those questions here.



Low-e coatings…

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Added by Joshua Fletcher on December 8, 2016 at 9:53am — No Comments

Chic New Trends in Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen is one of the most functional areas of the house.  If you are a new home owner or you are renovating your kitchen, you need to know what the ongoing trend is in kitchen remodeling.  Are you wondering what the new recipe of chic kitchen decor is? Modern minimalism is…

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Added by Alfie Davis on December 7, 2016 at 9:44pm — 1 Comment

Addison Homes Wins Pinnacle Award for Best Achievement in Energy Efficiency

Addison Homes was amongst the home building industry’s best and brightest honored with a 2016 Pinnacle Award during the 13th annual Celebration of Excellence. Presented by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina, Pinnacle Awards recognize the state’s builders and remodelers who have achieved the highest standard of quality craftsmanship, innovative problem-solving and customer satisfaction.…

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Added by Michelle Usher on December 7, 2016 at 8:59am — No Comments

Natural Gas is Becoming Less Attractive

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The United States and Canada have been fortunate to have access to natural gas for space heating, water heating, and other applications. Over the decades, gas supplies have been both reliable and affordable. We also believed that natural gas was clean and environmentally friendly, and was therefore reasonable as the fuel of choice. Sadly, this situation is changing; natural gas is becoming less attractive.

What has changed? First, research has shown that natural gas…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 5, 2016 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

A Healthy Home and a Healthy Bottom Line

There has been a lot of interest of late in the weatherization and broader home performance community in putting a value on the health benefits of weatherization. We’ve come a long way in the last several years and have reached, I think, some strong consensus that the health benefits of weatherization and home performance retrofits are real and valuable. This means that making healthy housing a part of your business plan makes good sense.

E4TheFuture is a nonprofit organization…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on December 5, 2016 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Ways to Give Your Kitchen a Beautiful Makeover

The kitchen is a crucial part of the house. Your kitchen is used throughout the day either for cooking or storing food items and ingredients. Thus, it needs to be very functional with great design and the best use of space. You must make your kitchen well designed, spacious and functional because you will…

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Added by Alfie Davis on December 5, 2016 at 1:53am — 1 Comment

Setting the PACE for Consumer Protection

Residential PACE (property assessed clean energy), an innovative solution for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, is being led by a set of industry mavens seeking to realize the promise of this public–private partnership. Specifically, industry stakeholders have come…

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Added by Kelly Vaughn on November 23, 2016 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Moving Forward with Home Performance

There is still much uncertainty about how the new Trump administration will effect home performance businesses and the energy efficiency of U.S homes. But over the last eight years many states, local governments, and utilities have begun major initiatives that will continue to support professionals who are working to create high-performance homes.

Home Energy will continue to highlight the proven business-building…
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Added by Tom White on November 21, 2016 at 3:52pm — 2 Comments

Four Addison Homes Projects Featured on Tour of Zero

Tour of Zero: Take a Virtual Walk Through Homes of the Future … Today

Are you ready for a home that lives better, works better and lasts better?

The home of the future – a better home – is available today! See for yourself at the U.S. Department of Energy’s…

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Added by Michelle Usher on November 16, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

California's Home Performance Data Drought

Every energy upgraded home has data. But it’s the story behind the data that gives it meaning.

Stories like Mark and Jane’s who sold their home in Carmel, California fixer upper with a couple acres in Grass Valley so they could pursue their micro-farm dream in their retirement. With extensive energy upgrades in the attic and to their crawl and mechanical systems, they reduced consumption by…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 16, 2016 at 8:07am — 1 Comment

Advanced Combustion Safety Testing 1-Day Course Friday December 2, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Prevention is the key to avoiding Carbon Monoxide hazards in the home. Each year thousands of people in the United States become ill or die from CO poisoning. Without full CO safety and combustion diagnostics, there is no way of…

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Added by Joe Konopacki on November 15, 2016 at 11:35am — No Comments

RESNET HERS® Rater Online & Field Training December 5-8, 2016

 

$500 Discount…

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Added by Sanaya Robles on November 8, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

How to Use Peer Diffusion to Make Better Homes a “Must Have”

Peer Diffusion: A form of communication within and between networks of people that (1) occurs through varying forms of social comparison and social interaction around an innovation (i.e., a new behavior, idea, or technology) and (2) ultimately promotes the broader adoption of that…

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Added by Douglas Miller on November 3, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Residential Solar Energy

Solar energy is the fastest-growing source of clean energy for the home. Today, almost 1,000,000 American homeowners reduce their carbon footprint and fight climate change with solar energy. They are rewarded with significant savings on their home energy bills. But does that mean you too can save money by going solar today?

 

The answer is—it depends!

 

I am releasing a new book later this month, entitled "Residential Solar Energy." In it, I share a range…

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Added by Vince Hough on November 1, 2016 at 8:02pm — 3 Comments

The Real Women of Home Performance: Lauren Salz

Lauren Salz is the co-founder and COO of Sealed, a company with a simple purpose: to make home comfort improvements a no-brainer. Lauren manages the Sealed's software and patent-pending analytics, as well as the recently announced Sealed HomeAdvance fund.

Julie Caracino (Home Performance Coalition): How did you get started in the home…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 1, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Forty Years of WAP—A Family Celebration

Sometimes it feels like Home Energy and the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) grew up together, along with what was formerly known as ACI and is now the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) and some other energy efficiency advocates. The WAP program is celebrating four decades of air sealing, insulating, health home making and family supporting on National Weatherization Day on Sunday, October 30th.

That would make Home Energy WAP’s little brother or sister. We…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 28, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Healthy Homes, Healthy Families: Elevator Chris Steinhoff is Leading the Way

In an effort to provide more comprehensive services to the people we serve, especially low-income populations, Elevate is working towards identifying and solving home-based health hazards that we discover while doing energy efficiency work. These home-base health hazards are often a barrier to weatherization for our low- to moderate-income homeowners. To support this work,…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on October 28, 2016 at 8:19am — No Comments

4 Traps to Avoid in Selling Home Performance

You want the sale. We all want the sale! Maybe you’re very hungry to post some numbers or push to hit the plan. That’s OK. But don’t let that get in the way of good approaches. It’s easier to stick with a good process when you’ve got ample leads, a solid pipeline, and you’re been hitting the numbers. So, try to stay ahead and…use effective lead generation, maintain your pipeline, and stay on top of your plan…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on October 25, 2016 at 2:58pm — 1 Comment

Healthy Home Evaluator Training

Fall River, MA     October 13, 2016

For two days – November 15th and 16th - Paul Raymer of Heyoka Solutions will be teaching a pilot of the BPI HHE course at the Fall River campus of…

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Added by Paul Raymer on October 20, 2016 at 10:21am — No Comments

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