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What does it take to be a certified Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector (HEP QCI)?

A quality control program requires knowing a lot about a lot of different subjects.  A HEP (BPI Home Energy Professional) Quality Control Inspector is qualified to compare a project outcome to the project requirements or work scope so that the final result is satisfactory to both the program and the homeowner.  It requires both technical knowledge as well as “soft skills” which are…

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Added by Paul Raymer on April 14, 2015 at 4:03am — No Comments

Working with Roofing Professionals

GAF has introduced training called the Home Energy Saver Certificate - Building Science for the Roofing Professional.  It's online, ondemand training narrated by Shane Monday of HUB Energy Group.  The professional roofing contractor sees a much larger number of existing homes than many other types of contractors. We're working to connect them with Home Energy Professionals.

You can check out the training we developed and register for free at:…

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Added by Martin Grohman on April 8, 2015 at 7:19am — No Comments

Home energy audit online tool!

In a partnership of Latvia scientistists has been developed a building energy efficiency evaluation program.

Energy audit is a procedure of building survey and analysis, which aims to identify incoming and outgoing flows of energy in the building. After energy audit, energy-saving features (energy efficiency measures) can be determined and evaluate from the technical and economic point of view. Energy audit role began to rise in the last few years, when heating…

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Added by Kalvis on April 6, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

150 Years to 10

Houses should last a very long time.  The Knap of Howar was built approximately fifty-five hundred years ago.  Pueblos in New Mexico were built over a thousand years ago.  Saltford Manor House, in Somerset, England was built sometime in the twelfth century and is still occupied!  These houses are built of extremely durable materials like stone or adobe.  But even the wooden houses…

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Added by Paul Raymer on April 6, 2015 at 4:26am — No Comments

Programming in-floor electric radiant heat, is it worth it?

Does a programmable thermostat for an in-floor electric radiant heat system add efficiency, or is it faux efficiency?

My electrician installed in-floor electric heat in a second floor bathroom remodel I recently completed, and he used a non-programmable therm. I asked him to change it, and he pushed back that there is little efficiency gain because the thermal mass of the mud bed and tile create a long cycle time to raise the temperature. Better to leave the temperature set, and have…

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Added by Sean McLoughlin on April 2, 2015 at 6:08am — No Comments

Illinois, the ERI, IECACA & RESNET - The final push

Monday April 6th (10 AM to noon) will decide whether the ERI aka as the HERS option will be part of Illinois new Energy Code or dropped till the next code cycle. While many local rating companies joined forces to help get it brought back up for discussion after it was…

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Added by Sean Lintow Sr on March 30, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Top 6 Global PV panel manufacturers

As solar energy industry continues to grow, it is high time we familiarize ourselves with the top, global PV Panel manufacturers offering renewable energy and electricity throughout the world.



Solar energy industry has expanded itself in the past few years. People are now opting for PV Panels to ensure that their electrical consumption is eco-friendly and those bills are reduced. In fact, more and more companies are now providing quality PV Panels to solar-energy enthusiasts all…

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Added by Shashank Kirloskar on March 27, 2015 at 3:22am — No Comments

Our Newest Reason to Brag and Your Best Reason to Attend!

We're stoked!  RaterFest! 2015 is now officially a RESNET® Regional Conference.  

We couldn't believe it, but when we…

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Added by Hannah Finch on March 26, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Ever thought remote controls can open door?

My neighborhood is notorious for crimes. There are occasional news around thefts, robberies and petty crimes. The situation gets worse when there is seasonal influx of homeless population. The neighborhood has parks, hotels, motels, running businesses and shopping arcades. Besides, most of the houses have a…

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Added by Jack Scammell on March 20, 2015 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Vancouver Washington & Portland Oregon air duct cleaning in new construction.

J&M Services provides all aspects of Gas Plumbing and Ventilation. We specialize in Homeowner projects and take pride in our work. We enjoy our job and look forward to finding the most cost effective and cleanest installs possible for our customers. By specializing in Gas Piping and Ventilation, we have a high level of knowledge and expertise in our trade. We also gain significant purchasing power by specializing and ordering our Gas Piping and Venting materials in quantity.…

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Added by Andreah Gibson on March 19, 2015 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Texas Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

Energy efficiency programs provide a means of addressing electric demand growth while minimizing the need for new generation resources.  Investor-owned utilities, municipal electric utilities, and electric cooperatives have offered these programs to commercial and residential customers for decades.  In the Texas deregulated electric market, however, there was a question…

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Added by Charlie Hewitt on March 17, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Drainwater Heat Recovery Units & Water Efficiency

Reblog, originally posted on www.bluehouseenergy.com 16 Feb 2015

Hot water distribution efficiency is now included in HERS ratings, under an amendment to ANSI/RESNET Standard 301-2014. This is a Good Thing. To date, all of our efforts to represent, and then…

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Added by Shawna Henderson on March 17, 2015 at 8:38am — 6 Comments

Importance of Airtight Ductwork in Air Testing

For building a home which is free from massive air pollutants, it is necessary to conduct a thorough examination of the air tightness testing inside ducts on the wall. Duct sealing, insulation and leakage are important points which are monitored by quality air testing solutions like Southern Assessors in UK.

While examining air quality and pressure, the following must not be neglected:…

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Added by Lee Blanchard on March 17, 2015 at 3:39am — 1 Comment

Green Premium - Price Bump for Green Homes & Schrödinger’s Cat

A valuation premium for green homes and energy efficiency is a lot like Schrödinger’s cat, says a new study released by the Colorado Energy Office.  If…

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Added by Melissa Baldridge on March 14, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Air Testing – How Air Tightness Testing Works?

If your building is not tested by air testing companies uk then air will continue to flow through the leakages and damage your wall, increase your power consumption and you will suffer from allergic diseases.

Air tightness testing can be done after the building construction is completed. It is recommended to hire air testing experts for your…

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Added by Lee Blanchard on March 10, 2015 at 4:42am — No Comments

Definitive Guide for Improving Indoor Air Quality – Air Testing

Indoor air testing and detection of impure particles suspended in the air are definitely a laborious task but in order to keep a building and the rooms of a house safe and pollution-free, there are serious needs of air quality testing. We often tend to ignore the fact that due to air impurities almost more than seven million people die in the world every year due to respiratory ailments caused by moulds, termites, carpet dusts, pesticides and even room…

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Added by Lee Blanchard on March 9, 2015 at 3:48am — No Comments

Roofing Contractors in Taylor MI – Enjoy Great Living

Did you ever want to live near the Great Lakes? Did you ever wish for a White Christmas and stronger winters every December? Then Michigan perhaps just be the state you need to live in. You can build your own house that will last through hard winters and dry simmers; and a house that protects you from the sun, rain, wind and snow; and a roof that help you keep cool and warm depending on the time of the year. Roofing Contractors in Taylor MI can certainly help you get the roof done, and with…

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Added by Mary Desilva on March 7, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Finding Professional Water Damage Restoration Services

Until few years back, properties, homes and other personal items devastated by water were generally considered as lost for good. On the other hand, thanks to the advancements and innovations that have taken place in the field of technology, what is lost can now be easily restored to look nearly as good as new. Mopping up a property or home after a crucial water damage is not as easy and simple as many envisage. Stagnant water can totally damage the carpets, walls, floor and other personal…

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Added by Mary Desilva on March 7, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Rocket Science?

The old expression when something is supposed to be simple is to say that, “This is not rocket science!” as though rocket science was the most complicated thing we can think of.  I will admit that some of the things rocket scientists have done are pretty amazing.  I don’t have a clue how you land a probe on an asteroid moving at thousands of miles an hour somewhere out there in space.  Or manipulate a vehicle on the surface of a planet and send back, “Wish you were here!” snapshots - in…

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Added by Paul Raymer on March 6, 2015 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

Over 146,000 Homes in the U.S. were HERS Rated and issued a HERS Index Score in 2014

In 2014 there were 146,860 homes in the United States that were energy rated by certified RESNET HERS Raters and issued a HERS Index Score.  According to the data from the U.S. Census Bureau this represents over 33.8% of all new homes sold in the nation.  The average HERS Index Score of the homes rated in 2014 was 63.

The five leading states in terms of homes receiving a HERS Index were:

  • Texas – 28,784
  • Florida – 14,994
  • North Carolina –…
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Added by Laurel Elam on March 4, 2015 at 7:54am — No Comments

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