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10 Ways for Contractors to Be More Professional

As with other client businesses, when it comes to making it as a contractor, professionalism is everything. Rightly or wrongly, as a contractor, clients will judge you not just on the quality of your work but on the overall impression you leave with them.

Fortunately, some simple changes can make a big difference in how clients view you and improve your bottom line.

1. Show Up On Time

It…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 13, 2016 at 8:13pm — No Comments

Creating an Efficient, Healthy Home in West Pullman

After receiving a tip from a West Pullman neighbor, Diana Story enrolled in the energy efficiency program made available through the City of Chicago’s Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP). Elevate Energy conducted an assessment of her 55 year-old home and found the typical efficiency needs—airsealing and insulation in the attic, basement, and perimeter walls. The assessment also…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on September 9, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Wonky HVAC System

Yesterday I showed a home that was a complete remodel with added square footage.  The original house was 775 sq ft., stick built in 1946, with maybe a 6" crawl space.  The owner added 1000 sq ft to the main house and built a separate finished "workshop" on a separate HVAC system.  

Walking around the side of the house, I saw an HVAC system twice the normal width with a faded sticker.  It was a Goodman but that's all I could tell from the outside.  No idea how old it was but the…

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Added by Jan Green on September 7, 2016 at 8:24pm — 9 Comments

No B.S.

Homebuilders impress me. I know many; they’re great people. Honest, hardworking. They have a lot of good experience and they take pride in their work. They generally do not have a college education.

I think our universities need to offer a new degree: Bachelor of Science in Homebuilding.

Employment and education in America has changed a lot in the last generation. A high school education used to…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 7, 2016 at 10:12am — 1 Comment

Essential Guide about Water Services in the UK

Water is essential to all lives on this planet. However, this precious resource is available in a limited amount. The increasing population, changing lifestyles and the unpredictable weather patterns are greatly affecting the water supply. By taking some positive actions such as reducing the water wastage, saving water by installing a meter and various other actions, we can ensure the availability of water for future generations.…

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Added by Daina Martin on September 7, 2016 at 5:07am — No Comments

Attic sealing versus effective system balances

First off, I am not an Energy Auditor and don't hold those certifications or experience.  I am a realtor with 2 green designations that assist my clients, both buyers and sellers, with energy efficient upgrades.  It is my job to be able to convey my unique knowlege to help them lower their energy bills, improve indoor…

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Added by Jan Green on September 6, 2016 at 9:44pm — 17 Comments

Buying a Property: A Few Useful Tips

Choosing a property is one of the most difficult things that a person could ever be tasked with, especially if one is seeking to reside in it, have a cosy holiday getaway, or simply use it as a means to generate extra income through rent. For whatever reasons, it is always advisable to do a thorough check on the property and its locations before you actually decide to buy it. So, what are some of the things that need to be thoroughly checked out before you decide on buying a particular kind…

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Added by Alfie Davis on September 6, 2016 at 12:04am — 1 Comment

Lessons in Green Builder Math: How to Make Zero Energy Equal a Perfect Ten

We love talking Zero Energy Ready Homes -- with clients AND industry colleagues! So we were happy to oblige when the National Association of Home Builders asked us to outline lessons we've learned whilst building ultra-efficient homes, so fellow builders could learn from our experience. Our guest blog on NAHB Now, “…

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Added by Michelle Usher on September 2, 2016 at 10:10am — No Comments

Build It Green Wins Research Grant to Advance Multifamily Zero Net Energy

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has awarded Build It Green (BIG) a research grant to overcome key challenges to developing zero net energy (ZNE) multifamily buildings. The goal of the CEC grant is to make ZNE construction technically and economically feasible and to accelerate ZNE’s adoption among multifamily developers.

BIG and its research partners will optimize approaches to designing and constructing multifamily buildings that produce as much energy as they consume—through…

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Added by Don Knapp on September 1, 2016 at 9:13am — No Comments

Crawl Space Dehumidifiers Vs. Portable Dehumidifiers

If you start looking at the prices of crawl space dehumidifiers compared to portable dehumidifiers, you may be shocked to find out how big the range is between the units. The prices can range anywhere from $250 to $2500 and it can quickly become confusing which option is best for you. Is it really necessary to have a crawl space dehumidifier, or could you get by with a single room dehumidifier?

Almost 100% of the time it ends up being worth investing a little bit more money for the…

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Added by Kit Yturralde on August 31, 2016 at 7:23am — No Comments

Renewable Rant: Traditional Energy!

Why, when I open up a newsletter or market evaluation report about “traditional energy” markets, do I read about fossil fuels?

Allow me to propagate a radical idea that I hope will change the way you think and talk about energy. First there was solar energy. It remains as steady, predictable, and powerful today as it has for the past five billion years (give or take a few creationist theories). No life form on earth relies on any other form of energy other than what…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on August 29, 2016 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Low Price Tag, Long-Term Savings: Elevate’s Nonprofit Program Helps Vietnamese Association of Illinois Improve Lighting

Sometimes a simple change can make a big difference. The Vietnamese Association of Illinois (VAI) recently shaved an estimated 28 percent off its electric bills by improving the lights in its Uptown, Chicago headquarters.

That’s a projected savings of more than $1,200 annually that the community group can shift into funding an…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on August 26, 2016 at 7:37am — No Comments

RaterFest! Wants to hear your ideas

RaterFest! 2016 is looking for individuals to lead short, 20 minute

break-out sessions.…

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Added by Hannah Finch on August 23, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Better Building Codes Empower Utah Homebuyers to Look for Energy Efficiency

Until Aug. 13, many prospective home buyers in Utah were touring new homes during the Salt Lake Parade of Homes and pondering which might be best for them. One important question many were asking is, “What would my energy bills be in this new home versus that one?”

Luckily, when shopping for a new home, Utah consumers can now check energy ratings…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 22, 2016 at 10:24am — 3 Comments

Spray Pod Mini Launch

So when it comes to air sealing, what is the single biggest challenge or frustration that you are running into right now. Many contractors would like for their air sealing task to be quicker. Others would like to see a simpler, more integrated tool.  One contractor said that getting into and out of a hot attic was very important to them.  So during the Spray Pod Mini launch at the Energy Efficiency Makeover 2016, we received a information and feedback as we worked not…

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Added by William Collins on August 20, 2016 at 6:13am — No Comments

Below Ground Solar Pool Heating Systems

Below Ground Solar Pool Heating Systems: An in depth look into their effectiveness, installation & added benefits.

Gateway Canyons Resort, Colorado

 

Everyone knows that heating a pool can be a very expensive operation. That is why so many have moved towards sustainable technologies like solar energy. For most, when thinking of solar energy an image of large solar…

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Added by Max DesMarais on August 17, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Ecological Mortar For Masonry With Blocks And Bricks

Ready mortar GRUDA-BLOCK is an evolution of polymer mortar, contemplating high-tech innovation and performance, while increasing economic and sustainable benefits in masonry.

Designed to increase productivity and quality of constructions, the ready-mix mortar GRUDA-BLOCK offers…

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Added by José De Menezes Filho on August 15, 2016 at 3:08pm — 1 Comment

How On-Demand Pumps in New Residential Construction Can Pay for Themselves Via the New Home’s Mortgage

Is it fair to say, “We take residential plumbing for granted? Do we use our plumbing system on a daily basis more than we do our stove or refrigerator?”

I think yes.

During the past 6-7 years, I have investigated on-demand pumps (IAPMO certified). I gathered large amounts of wasted water, energy and time data—with these pumps installed (and without) from homeowners all over the USA. I have written…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 15, 2016 at 9:43am — No Comments

Two Addison Projects Win Housing Innovation Awards

DOE’s Housing Innovation Awards program recognizes nation’s top builders on the path to Zero Energy Ready Homes

Two Addison Homes projects have earned 2016 Housing Innovation Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. Addison Homes won in both the Innovation…

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Added by Michelle Usher on August 15, 2016 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

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