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Outdoor Reset & ECM Pumps

    There are some opportunities that come along for homeowners that seem to good to be true, and most of your parents and grandparents can tell you if it looks this way it probably is.  But, how about quick return on your investment that will continue to save money for the life of your boiler?  This is what an outdoor reset control will do for them.  Add the feature of a more comfortable home and most people start asking: What is the catch?  The catch is the technician needs to not only…

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Added by Christopher Morin on February 4, 2013 at 6:31pm — 2 Comments

FREE RESNET EnergySmart Contractor Course with Green Training USA

         

The RESNET EnergySmart Contractor designation is a company credential (one full-time employee must complete training and pass the exam). It allows you to work with homeowners to improve their comfort and safety, and help them reduce their energy bills.

You will be credentialed to work in concert with certified energy auditors to complete home performance improvement work in compliance with RESNET's…

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Added by Green Training USA on February 4, 2013 at 1:12pm — 1 Comment

Advances in Spray Foam

Last December, Building Science Corporation (BSC) Principal Dr. Joe Lstiburek presented a full day webinar session on spray foam concerns and solutions, using information based on field experience and laboratory research. The webcast featured reports on BSC…

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Added by Anna Jursik on February 4, 2013 at 12:34pm — No Comments

High Performance Home Simple to Buy - Like a Latte???!

A group of industry visionaries has set out to make the home-buying process as simple as buying a latte! It's an inspired vision of simplicity and data-sharing all built around the consumer. Latte Vision Video

According to their website, Inman News is the leading source of independent real estate news, information, advice,…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on February 2, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Rock Wool Old Dog New Tricks

I've been reading a lot of info from Europe on rock wool. It is claimed to be close in R-value to foam and much greener with open vapor. I am interested in using for exterior and basement insulation. Does anyone have experience using rigid rock wool? Thanks.

Added by Richard Scott Mills on January 31, 2013 at 1:32pm — No Comments

Transaction Process Summit on High Performance Houses in Washington DC on January 30, 2013

I attended a meeting yesterday in Wash. DC sponsored by DOE and titled, Transaction Process Summit, - intended as a first attempt to develop a strategic road map to help the residential transaction process recognize the value of high performance homes.  Sam Rashkin of DOE led the lively discussion on the issues that surround the residential high performance home transactions.  Champions in the room included representatives from government agencies, MLS, NAR, NAHB, Mortgage…

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Added by Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA on January 30, 2013 at 2:46pm — 3 Comments

Natural Draft Orphaned Hot Water Heater

We keep running into these.

Natural Draft Orphaned Hot Water Heaters that will not pass Draft.

Any thoughts on economical solutions?

These are typically in a pre-Weatherized house.

Added by Jim Peck on January 30, 2013 at 6:44am — 12 Comments

7 Reasons to Come to the RESNET Conference This Year

I've been going to the RESNET conference at the beginning of each year since 2009. I also went in 2004, and I can tell you that it's a great learning and networking opportunity if you're in the home energy industry. Are you on the fence about coming to the RESNET conference this year? Are you not on the fence but just haven't registered yet? Even if neither of those apply, see…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on January 25, 2013 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Jim Roche Named Plumber Manager at H.O. Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling

Jim Roche, a North Shore resident, has been named Plumber Manager at H.O. Electric, Plumbing, Heating & Cooling.

Roche, who joined H.O. Electric in December of 2012, started his career in Massachusetts and brought his skills down to Florida for a time. Deciding on returning back to the Greater Boston Area he found his home with H.O. Electric as the companies new Plumbing Manager. In his new role,…

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Added by H.O. Electric on January 24, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

A Greener Deal from Across the Pond

Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/

 

From Sep 2010 to Apr 2011, CEE’s residential program staff had the…

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Added by Lester Shen on January 23, 2013 at 10:04am — 4 Comments

Do Words Matter for High Performance Homes?

When people consider high performance homes the term “label” gets used most broadly – in both a positive or negative context.  In general, when people talk about…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on January 18, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

HVAC Contractors: Survive and prosper in hard times

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC 2009 and 2012) requires HVAC ducts to be tested to prove a minimum leakage.  While many states and localities will adopt this code outright, it is likely that many will also amend it to allow inspection and sealing alternatives. Many HVAC contractors are bound to breathe a sigh of relief at not having to face potential failure and the subsequent looking for the 'leak in the trunk line' that will eat up their profit margins by the…

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Added by Scott Graham on January 17, 2013 at 2:11pm — 1 Comment

Oil Tanks in Your Home

 For a technician or auditor that works outside of the Oil Heating Industry, seeing a tank leaking in a basement can send you into a moment of shock.  Then of course, the dreaded conversation with the Homeowner will cast a cloud.  The key is to have a plan, and know what to do.  The smallest amount of knowledge in this subject could make you the hero.  Simply stating, "Call your Oil Company!" can leave them feeling helpless.  Of course, that oil delivery company must know about a leaking…

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Added by Christopher Morin on January 15, 2013 at 11:52am — 3 Comments

Sacred Work

A building is not sacred. A church or a temple, no matter how old, or big, or beautiful, by itself is not sacred. It’s the attitude of the people and the things that people do in a building that make it sacred or not. I have met many people in the home performance field who quietly go about the work of…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 11, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Get the Most out of Home Energy Efficiency Tax Credits in Illinois

As part of the “fiscal cliff” legislation signed into law early this year, Congress provided a number of 2012 and 2013 tax credits for home energy efficiency improvements. These tax credits, coupled with financial incentives available for energy efficiency improvements, make right now a lucrative time to invest in home energy…
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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on January 11, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

Time to Stand Up and Be Counted!

If a tree falls in the…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on January 10, 2013 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Energy Efficiency & Real Estate in 2013?

This new year has the promise of some bright signs in the housing market.  There are equally…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on January 10, 2013 at 2:06pm — No Comments

Book Review: An Introduction to Green Homes

The Appraisal Institute’s An Introduction to Green Homes is yet another valuable tool from the Institute, paving the way for appraisers to handle green home assignments. The book, authored by long-time appraiser, REALTOR, and educator Alan Simmons in 2010 helps appraisers new to this work “know what they don’t know.” The book equips appraisers to identify green building certifications, techniques,…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 9, 2013 at 10:11am — No Comments

Clocking a Gas Meter

  After writing last week's post: "High CO Reading, Now What?" it occurred to me that not as many people out there: technicians, raters, or auditors; are up to speed on the age old firing rate calculation.  I hope this simple procedure is easily understood as you may find it useful if you are working with negative pressure gas valves, with Energy Star Homes, or just simply forgot your manometer at the shop.  I…

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Added by Christopher Morin on January 8, 2013 at 6:29pm — 4 Comments

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