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New Energy Code in Massachusetts

In July 2013, the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) voted to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 with MA amendments as the new baseline energy code. The BBRS allowed for the new regulations to run concurrently with the current energy regulations until July 1, 2014. During that time, either set of energy regulations could be used when applying for…

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Added by Everblue on October 8, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments

Aeroseal Acquires Comfort Institute

"It’s a strong move for both companies and it’s a stronger mover for the industry as a whole.”

That coming from the EPA’s Chandler von Shrader after he got the news of the merger between these two leaders in Home Performance.

Aeroseal’s acquisition of Comfort…

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Added by Brad Brenner on October 7, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

The World’s Most Unique Recycled Structures

Even though it’s good for the environment, recycling probably isn’t the most exciting thing in the world. The thoughts of sorting bottles and cans so that they can be turned into more bottles and cans aren’t exactly awe-inspiring. However, there are actually some incredibly interesting things being made from recycled materials, such as old john boats and bird cages being…

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Added by Simon Craig on October 7, 2014 at 2:59am — No Comments

Looking for home improvement companies to join our dealer network!

My name is Casey Gesell and I'm the Business Development Manager at Dr. Energy Saver, Inc.

Dr. Energy Saver is the nation’s largest and fastest growing home energy retrofit dealership with 100+ dealers in 38 states. Dr. Energy Saver provides home improvement companies with the best hands-on & classroom training, proven sales process, marketing tools, award-winning software, business management tools, proprietary products, organic internet lead generation, and support…

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Added by Casey Gesell on October 3, 2014 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Why Is RESNET Limiting Its Options for Improvement?

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…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on October 2, 2014 at 11:34am — No Comments

The New BPI Accreditation Program

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,…

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Added by Everblue on October 2, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Phoenix Solar Home Sales Jump in September

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).

In September, there were a total of 100 solar home sales, 51 were homes with a solar lease while the other 49 were homes that the owner owned the solar photovoltaic (PV) system. This…

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Added by Rob Madden, Solar Home Broker on October 1, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

5 Solar Facts that You Should Know

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…

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Added by Alicia Hobbs on October 1, 2014 at 1:11pm — 2 Comments

Phoenix Solar Home Sales Continue to Outperform

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…

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Added by Rob Madden, Solar Home Broker on September 30, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments

Do Solar Homes Make For Good Rentals?

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…

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Added by Rob Madden, Solar Home Broker on September 30, 2014 at 11:30am — No Comments

Efficient Windows Collaborative Releases Window Selection Tool Mobile App

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…

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Added by Kerry Haglund on September 30, 2014 at 10:57am — No Comments

Fireplace drafts

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…

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Added by Beverly Lerch on September 28, 2014 at 1:18pm — No Comments

UK Home Energy Customers To Enjoy Spate of Refunds from Suppliers

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…

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Added by Simon Craig on September 26, 2014 at 4:07am — No Comments

A Day in the Life of Learning

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.…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 25, 2014 at 3:30pm — 7 Comments

How Can Social Media Change the Future of Energy?

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…

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Added by Ryan Enright on September 25, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

From Energy Audits to Home Performance - 30 Years with Home Energy Magazine

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…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 24, 2014 at 12:13pm — 1 Comment

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

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?"

Rob is the president of Carmel…

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Added by Tom White on September 24, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

Highlights from the NASCSP Annual Training Conference, 2014

The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) met in Raleigh, North Carolina, for its annual training conference. Here are some personal highlights:

  • Raleigh, North Carolina, is a beautiful town but hard to take in from the 6th floor of my hotel room. All I saw…
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Added by Jim Gunshinan on September 23, 2014 at 2:03pm — No Comments

Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky, Especially their Capacity

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…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on September 17, 2014 at 1:32pm — 6 Comments

A Furnace that Produces Electricity

Hello all.

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…

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Added by Peter Cantone on September 11, 2014 at 9:08am — No Comments

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