In case you haven't heard, last year RESNET created a task force to look at ways to improve the consistency of results among certified home energy raters (aka HERS raters). In mid-August, executive director Steve Baden sent an email about the latest developments in the process. He also attached a document titled…Continue
Added by Allison A. Bailes III on October 2, 2014 at 11:34am — No Comments
In 2010, the Building Performance Institute (BPI) offered a specialized contractor program called BPI Accreditation. This program was meant for companies that provided home performance services. In order to become a BPI Accredited contractor, an individual had to earn the BPI Building Analyst Certification as well as one specialty designation.
BPI Accreditation rose to popularity at a time when the U.S. Senate was reviewing energy efficiency legislation. The bill, known as Home Star,…Continue
Added by Everblue on October 2, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
The number of solar home sales in Phoenix jumped 13.6 percent from the previous month, according to data from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS).Continue
Added by Rob Madden, Solar Home Broker on October 1, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Everyone has heard of solar energy, but there are not many people who actually know major facts about it, except that it’s renewable and great for green living. Around 2/3 of the solar panels that have been installed in the world have been in around the last 2 ½ years! With such an increase in…Continue
Phoenix solar home sales continued to outperform the resale market in the Phoenix area, according to data from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS).
In August, there were a total of 88 solar home sales, 39 were homes with a solar lease while the other 49 were homes that the owner owned the solar photovoltaic (PV) system. The median price for a solar home in the Phoenix area in August was $245,375, 25 percent higher than the median price for a home in Phoenix…Continue
Added by Rob Madden, Solar Home Broker on September 30, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments
There may come a time in your life when you decide that it is time to move from your solar powered home but you may not want to sell it. Having a renter in your home to pay down your mortgage, care for the property, and allow for more property appreciation may be an option to consider if you need to move and you can financially do it. However if you have solar power on the home, there are several questions you and your property manager (if you hire one) need to work out before renting out…Continue
Added by Rob Madden, Solar Home Broker on September 30, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments
The Efficient Windows Collaborative (EWC) has released a mobile app based on it web-based Window Selection Tool. The app is currently available and can be downloaded on iTunes.
The Window Selection Tool mobile app is a step-by-step decision-making tool to help…Continue
Added by Kerry Haglund on September 30, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments
A fireplace can be a focal point to a room, but how often does the fireplace really get used? A fireplace can be very drafty and cause you to lose energy and money by taking your heated air up the chimney. A fireplace is designed to "draft", so that the smoke does not enter the room when you burn a fire. That draft is always there, even if the damper is closed. Most of the older fireplace do not have a sufficient or even a working damper to close. By covering the fireplace, as some…Continue
Added by Beverly Lerch on September 28, 2014 at 1:18pm — No Comments
As the UK’s premier energy comparison site, the team at Love Energy Savings is delighted to hear that more than 3 million domestic energy customers are set for refunds from their suppliers. With energy customers in the United Kingdom repeatedly finding themselves on the receiving end of m-s-selling, high prices and bad customer service from the Big Six energy suppliers; this development signifies a rare win for the consumer when it comes to…Continue
Added by Simon Craig on September 26, 2014 at 4:07am — No Comments
We now know that people learn effectively when they construct their own learning, rather than being told about it. The instructor moves off the stage and becomes the Guide on the Side.…Continue
Energy is a monumental subject, certainly not something that can be covered in a single blog. There are lots of resources and new information that comes out on a regular basis, so how do you keep up with it? A couple years ago I read a book…Continue
Added by Ryan Enright on September 25, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments
Home Energy magazine (HEM) has been publishing articles about residential energy efficiency for 30 years. Our articles, editorials, letters, and advertisements provide a kind of window into the evolution of energy conservation technologies, policies, and organizations. Initially, the focus was on audits and simple retrofits, such as weather-stripping and insulation. In those…Continue
I was first impressed by Rob Nicely when I heard him speak these words to an audience of builders, designers, and building scientists: "We’re the warriors of sustainability...We already know everything we need to know to build sustainable buildings—the question is, Can we internalize it into our culture and incorporate that learning into our practices?"Continue
Added by Tom White on September 24, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) met in Raleigh, North Carolina, for its annual training conference. Here are some personal highlights:
Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 23, 2014 at 2:03pm — No Comments
Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky and Still Effective
The name "mini-splits" generally refers to heat pump systems with one outdoor unit and one or several smaller capacity air handlers. The efficiency of their operation comes via the inverter compressor and variable refrigerant…Continue
It seems that we hear about new technology every day. New energy efficiency products. Many times I have been lead down the path, as I am sure all of you have, that leads to a disappointment.
I am writing this blog - my first one on Home Energy Pros - to inform all of you who really care, that I have been blessed to be able to work alongside someone who has invented a micro-CHP (Combined Heat and Power) that is ground breaking. In short, it's a furnace that produces…Continue
Added by Peter Cantone on September 11, 2014 at 9:08am — No Comments
Liz Vogel replaced the windows and updated the heating system in her small multifamily building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. But she still noticed that parts of her home were not staying warm in winter. So she set out to solve the mystery of the missing heat. She saw icicles hanging from her roof, and that was a clue that pointed to where heat was escaping. The presence of these “ice dams” meant that Liz was paying to heat her roof and melt the snow instead of heating her…Continue
Let the games begin! Please note that registration has opened for the upcoming 2015 Race to Zero Student Design…Continue
Added by Stacy Hunt on September 5, 2014 at 1:49pm — No Comments
We're testing a newly-produced informational video, which our Michigan home inspectors share with their recent home-buying clients, to see how effective it is in driving demand for energy upgrades. Watch it at http://www.nachi.org/michigan-home-inspection-follow-up-survey.htm and share your thoughts.
Note to Homeowners: This article is primarily aimed at the Home Performance industry. I strive for radical transparency, so I put this in the public sphere for you to read as well.
Energy efficiency rebate programs from gas and electric utilities have become pretty common nationwide. They give rebates for replacing your furnace or adding insulation to your home. While these programs seem like a good idea, they can actually…Continue