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Strategies To Keep Millennials At Their Peak Performance In A Home Performance Company

Let me first start by confessing my guilt... Guilt for being bored easily, guilt for wanting praise, even if it is a pat on my own back for an achievement... Guilt for being a millennial... On the other hand I enjoy working in teams and I encourage frequent communication between all team members from admin staff to auditors, sales staff and crew members to improve our workflow. Yes, I am a millennial, but let me add that there is nothing that makes me cringe more than the excuses I get from…


Added by David Byrnes on June 24, 2014 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

126 Unit Apt Complex East Lansing goes LEED Gold - How?

The 126 apartments that were renovated for this project were made possible by the Hometown Housing Partnership (HHP) of East Lansing.  HHP is a nonprofit that has been providing access to affordable housing for over 20 years, and was formerly known as East Lansing Housing and Neighborhood services.  In…


Added by Brett Little on June 23, 2014 at 8:08am — No Comments

More HERS Ratings Expected in 2015

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) announced its collaboration with the International Code Council last week in an effort to help home builders transition to the new 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). In the upcoming version of the residential building code, RESNET's HERS Index will be an optional compliance path — some people are saying that this compliance path represents the most significant change coming to 2015 IECC

What is the…


Added by Everblue Training on June 20, 2014 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

CPI Spray Foam Insulation

Just a quick hello to every one.

We are spray foam insulation equipment, training and product supplier primarily in Ireland and mainland Europe. We have a range of products which you can see on out site CPI Spray Foam Insulation. 

We would like to learn more about what is going on in the US and beyond and hope that we could impart some knowledge of our own.

Added by Stephen Driver on June 16, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Off-the-Shelf – LEED & National Green Building Standard as Residential Building Code

Cities grafting green-building certifications like LEED into commercial building codes is nothing new, and a number of places like Dallas, Atlanta, Boston and Scottsdale have had such requirements in place for a decade or more.


What’s happening now is that cities are doing likewise with…


Added by Melissa Baldridge on June 14, 2014 at 5:43pm — 1 Comment

So many homes have fiberglass insulation that is poorly installed in New Hampshire and elsewhere

Doing testing of existing homes it is typical to see mottled patterns of surface temperatures with the FLIR Infrared Thermal Imager during Blower Door Testing.  

Part of the problem is air sealing and the other part of the problem is poorly installed fiberglass insulation.

This is not a rant against fiberglass insulation (I am a fan of both Rock Wool/Roxul and dense packed cellulose) for retrofit projects.  Fiberglass batt or blown insulation can perform fine, if it is…


Added by TJ Alexander on June 12, 2014 at 1:31pm — No Comments

1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine

Recently, Jodi and I sat down with freelance journalist, Scott Sowers, to discuss the design challenges of the Historic Molette House in Molettes Bend, Alabama. Below is…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on June 11, 2014 at 4:58am — 13 Comments

Top 5 A/C Code Requirements not Enforced

  This list does not represent the entire code, or even all municipalities.  Everyone knows those towns that will hit you on every piece of the local code requirements, word for word from the text.  But, don't be surprised when code officials, both building and mechanical inspectors, start failing permit inspections for these previously rarely enforced portions of the code!  Are you going to wait until enforcement, or lead the industry in doing what the minimum is required by…


Added by Christopher Morin on June 5, 2014 at 5:34pm — 8 Comments

Despite record breaking cold winter our MI GreenStar Certified home saved 50% Energy!

Despite the extreme record breaking cold this winter, we still saved nearly 50% energy compared to the home prior to the remodel and about the same compared to conventional homes in West Michigan.…

Added by Brett Little on May 31, 2014 at 5:30pm — 14 Comments

What Ballerinas and EPros Have in Common...

I'm pretty new to this whole industry... And by new I mean that the jumble of acronyms and terminology are still enough to leave me a bit dazed when some well meaning individual spurts off several in one sentence.  

Home efficiency is not a field I ever could have imagined being involved in.  By training, I'm an a ballerina.  I've danced since I was three, trained in NYC, graduated from a conservatory... the works. And yet here…


Added by Hannah Finch on May 29, 2014 at 12:17pm — 5 Comments

Why is a BPI Building Analyst training an asset?

In order to answer this, let’s have a short recap on what BPI stands for. The Building Performance Institute, or BPI, is an organism certifying energy efficiency efforts or energy audits in a house. For any individual working in this field, a BPI training and thus certification is a proof that knowledge and… Continue

Added by Thomas Renaud on May 28, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

'Oh Wow' Tech and Trends from Energy Efficiency Insiders at Washington, D.C. Gathering

Brainy light bulbs. Refrigerators that heat dishwasher water. Elevators that use no more energy than toasters. These are just a few of the “Oh Wow’ topics last week at the annual EE Global conference.

But it was growth in cities – and their buildings – that was clearly on the minds of industry leaders, 500 in total who gathered at the Washington, D.C. event, sponsored by the Alliance to Save Energy.

The US spends $432 billion per year on energy for buildings –…


Added by Elisa Wood on May 27, 2014 at 3:39pm — No Comments

Residential Green Valuation Tools

Ever wonder how appraisers develop value of houses with green or energy efficient features?  Residential Green Valuation Tools was published last month by the Appraisal Institute.  The 189-page book has 13 chapters that address the most often asked questions about the valuation process and green building.  As the author of the book, I found the challenge of writing this book a great learning and…


Added by Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA on May 26, 2014 at 6:30am — 2 Comments

When Green is Not Healthy

There are growing numbers of “green” builders and designers. Their focus is often on issues surrounding the health of the planet, sustainability, recycling, energy-saving, etc.

Some are also interested in the health of the occupants, but others don’t place as much emphasis on indoor air quality as they should, and many aren’t familiar with the needs of the growing population of chemically-sensitive people.

It is actually quite easy to claim that a building material is green.…


Added by Allen Rathey on May 21, 2014 at 3:05pm — No Comments

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 3

Here is the latest from the 10 Maple Lane Retrofit Project.

Met with Bill Stewart on Monday and signed an agreement for:

  • Wall insulation
  • Vapor barrier on crawlspace floor
  • Duct repair and some air sealing

I also asked them to move the filter to the return grill so…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on May 21, 2014 at 2:54pm — 7 Comments

Solar, Wind, or Water?

When comparing renewable energy sources to fossil-fuel energy, there is little competition; renewable energy will win. In the quest for an alternative energy source, water, wind and solar power emerge as the top choices. However, the competition between the three is stiff. With this being the case, which one is the best?


With solar power, the sun’s energy is used to generate electricity or heat. Once captured,…


Added by Lennox on May 21, 2014 at 12:37pm — No Comments

Hitting the Sweet Spot - The Intersection of Energy Efficiency, Home Performance and Health


This is my first post, so please forgive the lengthy background. Thanks for allowing my participation. 

I operate the Healthy House Institute (HHI) and the Healthy Facilities Institute but entered green, healthy home education through the "backdoor" of facility cleaning.

Having cleaned buildings (or supervised cleaning)…


Added by Allen Rathey on May 20, 2014 at 4:52pm — No Comments

DIY Minisplits: Which side are you on?

 Recently, Friedrich has modeled and sold in limited markets their DIY Mini-Split Heat Pump, Breeze.  Just a few days ago, they scaled back their rollout in order to meet customer demand by limiting sales to New York and South Florida.  I am torn between…


Added by Christopher Morin on May 17, 2014 at 6:51pm — 7 Comments

Interview with Van Jones: Rebuilding the Dream in Detroit, Part 3

[This is the third in a three-part inteview with Van Jones, who delivered the keynote address in Detroit, Mich., on April 30, 2014, to attendees of the ACI National Home Performance Conference.  The full interview is posted in three consecutive blogs.…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 15, 2014 at 2:48pm — No Comments

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