As usual, the ACI National Home Performance Conference contained too many highlights to mention in one blog post. So I will share just a few.
Got up early on Tuesday and went with Tom White, Home Energy Publisher, to a rehab house in a neighborhood of…Continue
Most homes in this area have a gas fired natural draft hot water heater. They come complete with a draft diverter. The purpose of the draft diverter is to send the exhaust gasses (containing Carbon Monoxide, Sulphur Dioxide etc) into the home if the chimney or flue doesn't allow them to go up. Left is a picture of a properly installed heater with a draft diverter. Note the space between the tank and the flue. That is the design that allow the noxious gasses to back draft into the…Continue
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H.O. Electric Receives 2014 Best of Belmont Award
Belmont Award Program Honors the Achievement
BELMONT April 23, 2014 -- H.O. Electric has been selected for the 2014 Best of Belmont Award in the Air Conditioning…Continue
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The Appraisal Institute has developed a Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum. The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum is the first residential energy efficiency appraisal report addendum developed by appraisers, for use by appraisers when appropriate. This report evaluates items of high performance housing for consideration by appraisers.
Measuring the Value of Home Energy Efficiency
The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum will serve as a tool for…Continue
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No business can afford to waste money. Each one is held accountable for how it spends financial resources. Enterprise-level companies in particular are under constant pressure to lower total cost of ownership (TCO) of assets and justify investments in the context of Cost, Profitability, Productivity, and Sustainability.
Improved energy efficiency is by far the single largest unleashed opportunity to reduce TCO across the enterprise. For example:
Added by Eshwar Parasuraman on April 29, 2014 at 11:09pm — No Comments
I'll be flying out to Detroit for the ACI National Home Performance Conference next Monday, but before get to Detroit and that great conference, I thought I'd share one more special moment from Energy Out West.
On Thursday afternoon last week, just after lunch, John Tooley, Anthony Cox,…Continue
Imagine if your furnace let you know when needed a tune-up, or if your home theatre saw you coming and turned itself on. According to Marc Jensen, managing partner and chief technology officer at space150, the Internet of…
Added by Anna Jursik on April 22, 2014 at 7:31am — No Comments
I am in San Diego for the Energy Out West conference (see photo), and I want to write about it, but while it is fresh in my mind I want to fill you in on my latest Energy Upgrade California experience first.
Before getting on a plane for San Diego, Bill Stewart of Stewart Heating and Air…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Own or manage a non-residential building over 250,000 square feet in Chicago?
Chicago energy benchmarking begins! We’ve got the basics to help building owners get started.
Professional and public interest groups from around Chicago, including Elevate Energy, have come together to support building owners and managers in energy benchmarking and efficiency improvement opportunities. You have access to:
Added by Melissa Ulbricht on April 10, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
The Building America Program is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on needs and opportunities for large data collection for energy efficiency projects. The webinar will focus on specific Building America projects that are looking to gather and analyze large bodies of data on new and existing homes, and will feature opportunities for industry to collaborate with researchers to gather and analyze valuable data.
Presenters and specific topics for this webinar will…Continue
Added by Stacy Hunt on April 9, 2014 at 11:47am — No Comments
When setting out to build an efficient house, the elephant in the room is air tightness. Industry is resisting mandated air tightness testing if thresholds are introduced meanwhile building codes are ratcheting up efficiency on all fronts except air tightness. Having debunked the myth that “a house needs to breath” its becoming painfully obvious to any building scientist that the lowest hanging fruit on the efficiency tree isn’t geothermal but simply producing a more air tight…Continue
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Our furnace is approaching 25 years old and we have no cooling capabilities, so my wife Michele and I are looking into buying some new equipment before the temperature climbs this summer. I am especially interested in installing a mini-split heat pump, which would allow us to get rid of the ductwork and…
Air Conditioning can be 44% of residential peak electrical load in California. It makes sense to understand how to get true performance. Rob "Doc" Falke is outstanding and leads us in most high performance http://contractingbusiness.com/archive/practical-standards-measure-hvac-system-performance . …Continue
Added by Mike Muras on April 4, 2014 at 5:10am — No Comments
80 percent of Minneapolis’s housing stock was built before World War II, but 40 percent of these homes have never upgraded their wall insulation. After investigating barriers to completing efficiency projects, CEE’s latest report, Energy Fit Homes, proposes awarding a certificate to homes that achieve basic efficiency standards.
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One of the best troubleshooting instruments is our mind. Our brains are amazing "problem solvers". Selling the "fix" to our customers is another story...
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Microgrids may be the future of the North American electric grid, but when will that future arrive – especially for the homeowner? A team led by Ontario utility PowerStream is trying to find out with a new test project.
“A lot of the microgrid projects that you read about are typically large projects, hundreds of kilowatts, megawatts, running a whole university, a whole hospital, a whole military base,” said Mario Bottero, co-founder and president…Continue