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Making energy efficiency possible for middle-income homes

December 2011, Lawrence Berkeley Labs report for the EPA.  Very significant document that establishes how to make it desirable and feasible for financially stressed middle-income Americans to improve their energy efficiency through innovative government incentives.  Worth a read for any serious professional and has lots of useful data to back our arguments.…

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Added by Brion Battin Black on December 22, 2011 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Videos from UK Passivhaus Conference 2011

From ipha:
Excellent videos on presentations from the UK Passivhaus Conference 2011 :

Videos from Passivhaus Trust

Added by Guido Schuler on December 22, 2011 at 8:01am — No Comments

from Ipha :Check out this first Greek TV broadcast on Passive House (after min 2:00)

from Ipha :Check out this first Greek TV broadcast on Passive House (after min 2:00)

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Added by Guido Schuler on December 22, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

Applied Passive-solar Structural Design

Passive-solar has been known to work well but certain things about our architecture fail the thermodynamic efficiency test and there are reasons why.

First is heat-transfer through conduction, the wood, drywall, sheathing all having rather high heat-transfer coefficients. Next is convection from a heat-riser which takes the warmth of the floor and moves it to the ceiling.

Until these are dealt with they cost a lot of energy, if one is trying to not require external heating for…

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Added by Tom Mallard on December 21, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Turn it on

Just discover huge saving possibility in commercial building. Its simple: maintain your AHU unit an TURN ON rotary heat exchanger gives you 5 000 EUR annual savings. Isn't it good Christmas present ? :)

Added by Nikolai Tihhonov on December 21, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments

Dryer Problems: Inefficiency and Fire

Clothes Dryer Problems Can Lead to Inefficiency and Fire.

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

Story appeared in my local newspaper the other day about an apartment laundry room that had dryer problems. It occurred to me, being the highly trained home energy auditor that I am, that any clothes dryer that had such a problem that it would catch fire, must have been a very inefficient clothes dryer for a long…

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Added by Don Ames on December 18, 2011 at 11:03pm — 2 Comments

Merry Christmas to all!

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a cool draft was freezing, to wake up the mouse.

The owner called a contractor with knowledge so rare,

In hopes that great comfort soon would be there. 

The children were nestled all snug in their bed,

With nary a cough or a cold in their heads.

And Momma in her Kerchief and I in my cap

Had just settled down for a long winters nap. 

When from my neighbor there a rose such a…

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Added by Pat Dundon on December 17, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Energy Efficient House: Common Sense Guidelines

Energy Efficient House: Common Sense Guidelines to Energy Conservation.

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com  The security of home energy conservation and the Energy Spy Insider.

Think of the ways we try to separate the outside climate from the inside climate. In a nut shell, that is the goal of an energy efficient house. Take a snowmobile or a dog sled and you will see a domed home made out of snow and ice.…

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Added by Don Ames on December 16, 2011 at 12:29pm — No Comments

On-bill financing: Why isn't everybody doing it?

If someone told me they could improve the efficiency of my computer so that it operates quicker, at no extra cost to me, I can’t imagine I’d turn them away. Yet, the energy efficiency industry offers a similar option for homes and businesses and at least so far, consumers aren’t flocking to the programs.

On-bill financing gives customers the ability to finance energy efficiency improvements made to their homes and businesses at no upfront cost. Customers pay for the insulation,…

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Added by Elisa Wood on December 16, 2011 at 8:22am — 2 Comments

Calling All Inventors, Entrepreneuers, and Venture Capitalists!

One morning I realized that I could cut down my showering time by at least one minute if I could combine my shampooing and conditioning into one step. Inspired, I went to a high-end grocery store that I will call, “Whole Paycheck” looking for what has been an illusive item for me—a combination shampoo and conditioner that really works; someone stacking items in the hair-care section told me that no such thing exists.

It’s a tough invention, since shampoo and conditioner are supposed…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on December 14, 2011 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Part 2 of: The "1-2 Punch" to HVAC "Not Understoods"

Proper sizing of HVAC equipment is smaller, and smaller means more comfort.

Probably the usual thought in the HVAC industry by technicians is that the units need to be made bigger for comfort. Perhaps this comes from the idea of coming home from work, and needing a set back thermostat to do its magic, and get the home comfortable fast,…

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Added by Christopher Cadwell on December 13, 2011 at 8:30am — 4 Comments

Honest Product Reviews by the Green Police

Hi folks. This appears on daily5REMODEL today, and I'm republishing it here to elicit more feedback for Michael and Carl. If you'd like to be eligible to win Carl's forthcoming book, Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction ($99), please…

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Added by Leah Thayer on December 13, 2011 at 7:00am — No Comments

YOU HAD BETTER BE SITTING DOWN WHEN YOU READ THIS . . .

As you may know, Cruz Construction started a division in North Dakota just 6 months ago. They sent every Kenworth (9 trucks) we had here in Alaska to North Dakota and several drivers. They just bought two new Kenworth's to add to that fleet; one being a Tri Drive tractor and a new 65 ton lowboy to go with it. They also bought two new cranes…
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Added by Michael Dunseith on December 11, 2011 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Predicting GreenMLS Market Progress

CNT Energy just released a report with the results of the Green MLS/Better Buildings Roundtable convened this fall.

The…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on December 9, 2011 at 12:10pm — No Comments

Fixing people, not just buildings

Electric utilities operated under a rarified business model for decades. Their customers were captive so they rarely had to think about what motivated them to buy. New government energy efficiency mandates have changed that, and done so with an ironic twist. Now utilities must figure how to get their customers to refrain from buying.

It’s not easy persuading people to stop using something they like as much as electricity. But behavioral science is coming to the rescue – or at least…

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Added by Elisa Wood on December 9, 2011 at 7:30am — 7 Comments

There is a Weatherization Assistance Program Near You!

There is a Weatherization Assistance Program Near You!

By Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

I receive calls on a regular bases asking me about help fixing the problem of being cold and whether or not I have heard of any Weatherization Assistance Programs. These calls are not about being cold for a day - while the furnace is fixed - or being cold for a week - while a few more dollars are scraped together to have the…

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Added by Don Ames on December 7, 2011 at 1:03pm — No Comments

How the Heat Pump is King of Recycling

If You Like Recycling and Efficiency, Get A Heat Pump

by Don Ames, www.detectenergy.com, The Energy Spy Insider weekly Free eNewsletter.

The heat pump maintains its great efficiency by recycling refrigerant over and over again. In fact, the Heat Pump is the king of recycling. If you've seen a new, shiny heat pump lately,…

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Added by Don Ames on December 4, 2011 at 9:51pm — 2 Comments

Know true costs; Save real energy

By Guest Blogger Kara Saul Rinaldi

More than half of the states in the nation have created programs to increase the energy efficiency of homes through a comprehensive approach that looks at all opportunities to save energy, from insulation to upgrading heating and cooling systems. When taxpayer and ratepayer dollars are used, it is essential that these programs are reviewed with a cost-effectiveness test that provides policymakers with adequate knowledge about the programs’…

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Added by Elisa Wood on December 4, 2011 at 3:24pm — No Comments

Why we need Passive houses

Why we need Passive houses - Factor five: transforming the global economy through 80% improvements in ... von Ernst Ulrich Weizsäcker,Club of Rome,Natural Edge Project…

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Added by Guido Schuler on December 3, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Energy Efficiency Jobs: Another Well-Meant Hustle?

Are Energy Efficiency programs we are participating in another well-meant hustle, or is there lasting prosperity to be had in our industry? Beyond anecdotal reports, ARRA-funded enthusiasm for excellent Energy Efficiency (EE) programs like Energy Upgrade California and Evergreen, San Jose’s “Project 5002,” are EE endeavors really…

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Added by Nichole Edraos on December 2, 2011 at 2:55pm — No Comments

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