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Can Open Architecture Raise Awareness of Home Energy Consumption?

The phrase “open architecture” probably elicits a beautiful picture of a roofless garden or a spacious home with many windows, few walls, and as little a barrier as possible between human and nature. But in reality, “open architecture” has to do with the unsexy steel of computers, the motherboards and software that gets run.…

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Added by Tim Cohen on April 20, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Which version of CAZ testing is used for BPI/QCI testing?

Combustion Safety Testing is one of the most important components of the HEP QCI exam.  Because it is linked to the safety of the occupants, it has been a fundamental element of BPI exams since the inception of the organization.  As we make homes tighter and more energy efficient, we cut back on the…

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Added by Paul Raymer on April 20, 2015 at 4:13am — No Comments

What does it take to be a certified Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector (HEP QCI)?

A quality control program requires knowing a lot about a lot of different subjects.  A HEP (BPI Home Energy Professional) Quality Control Inspector is qualified to compare a project outcome to the project requirements or work scope so that the final result is satisfactory to both the program and the homeowner.  It requires both technical knowledge as well as “soft skills” which are…

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Added by Paul Raymer on April 14, 2015 at 4:03am — No Comments

Working with Roofing Professionals

GAF has introduced training called the Home Energy Saver Certificate - Building Science for the Roofing Professional.  It's online, ondemand training narrated by Shane Monday of HUB Energy Group.  The professional roofing contractor sees a much larger number of existing homes than many other types of contractors. We're working to connect them with Home Energy Professionals.

You can check out the training we developed and register for free at:…

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Added by Martin Grohman on April 8, 2015 at 7:19am — No Comments

Home energy audit online tool!

In a partnership of Latvia scientistists has been developed a building energy efficiency evaluation program.

Energy audit is a procedure of building survey and analysis, which aims to identify incoming and outgoing flows of energy in the building. After energy audit, energy-saving features (energy efficiency measures) can be determined and evaluate from the technical and economic point of view. Energy audit role began to rise in the last few years, when heating…

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Added by Kalvis on April 6, 2015 at 11:00pm — No Comments

150 Years to 10

Houses should last a very long time.  The Knap of Howar was built approximately fifty-five hundred years ago.  Pueblos in New Mexico were built over a thousand years ago.  Saltford Manor House, in Somerset, England was built sometime in the twelfth century and is still occupied!  These houses are built of extremely durable materials like stone or adobe.  But even the wooden houses…

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Added by Paul Raymer on April 6, 2015 at 4:26am — No Comments

What You Need To Know About Henkor Darts

There are several different kinds of darts that are available on the market from brass though to tungsten by far happens to be the most popular tungsten Wolfarm darts. Tungsten is a solid heavy weight metal, which is considered ideal for darts.

The metal of Tungsten has been utilized for the production of darts since the early 70s, as it happens to be twice as heavy and dense as brass and a dart that is made of tungsten will be half the size of a dart made up of brass. This indicates…

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Added by Mary Desilva on April 2, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Programming in-floor electric radiant heat, is it worth it?

Does a programmable thermostat for an in-floor electric radiant heat system add efficiency, or is it faux efficiency?

My electrician installed in-floor electric heat in a second floor bathroom remodel I recently completed, and he used a non-programmable therm. I asked him to change it, and he pushed back that there is little efficiency gain because the thermal mass of the mud bed and tile create a long cycle time to raise the temperature. Better to leave the temperature set, and have…

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Added by Sean McLoughlin on April 2, 2015 at 6:08am — 4 Comments

Security Issues in Home Energy Management Systems

The budding trend of home automation is something that many homeowners are excited to experience. Home automation is essentially the use of one or more computers to regulate home functions and some features can be managed remotely using an app. Also known as a smart home, home automation often includes controlling lights, appliances, heating/cooling units, power,…

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Added by Tim Cohen on March 30, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Is LG Attempting to Steal the Thunder from Tesla's Entry into Home Battery Storage?

When Tesla makes a move, even casual technology observers move with them. Elon Musk’s built his corporation into the most legitimate form of clickbait: if Tesla’s in the news, it’s always worth checking out why. On April 30, 2015, the company announced its latest breakthrough:…

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Added by Tim Cohen on March 30, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Illinois, the ERI, IECACA & RESNET - The final push

Monday April 6th (10 AM to noon) will decide whether the ERI aka as the HERS option will be part of Illinois new Energy Code or dropped till the next code cycle. While many local rating companies joined forces to help get it brought back up for discussion after it was…

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Added by Sean Lintow Sr on March 30, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Top 6 Global PV panel manufacturers

As solar energy industry continues to grow, it is high time we familiarize ourselves with the top, global PV Panel manufacturers offering renewable energy and electricity throughout the world.



Solar energy industry has expanded itself in the past few years. People are now opting for PV Panels to ensure that their electrical consumption is eco-friendly and those bills are reduced. In fact, more and more companies are now providing quality PV Panels to solar-energy enthusiasts all…

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Added by Shashank Kirloskar on March 27, 2015 at 3:22am — 1 Comment

Our Newest Reason to Brag and Your Best Reason to Attend!

We're stoked!  RaterFest! 2015 is now officially a RESNET® Regional Conference.  

We couldn't believe it, but when we…

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Added by Hannah Finch on March 26, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Ever thought remote controls can open door?

My neighborhood is notorious for crimes. There are occasional news around thefts, robberies and petty crimes. The situation gets worse when there is seasonal influx of homeless population. The neighborhood has parks, hotels, motels, running businesses and shopping arcades. Besides, most of the houses have a…

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Added by Jack Scammell on March 20, 2015 at 11:25pm — No Comments

Roof maintenance to avoid the holes and leakage

In our daily life we eat healthy food and we exercise to maintain our body, therefore roof of the house also needs the maintenance and repairing. The roof of the house is damaged by many ways like heavy rain, wind storm, natural disaster, uncertain weather and many other ways. Roof of the house is usually also damaged because the Roof is weakening by the time.

Roof problems

Every house has to face Roof problem once in a lifetime and they usually face this time of problem…

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Added by Mary Desilva on March 20, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Make a more energy efficient home your New Year’s resolution with 3 tips from GeoLiving

write down your resolutions or are you in the camp which thinks ‘what’s the use, I’ll only break them anyway?’ If the latter describes you better then maybe you’re setting goals which apply to you personally such as getting fitter or changing your eating habits can be difficult to stick to unless you have iron will-power. Maybe you could try looking at resolutions from a different angle instead. We’re all aware of how much of an impact our decisions can have on the environment so how about…

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Added by Mary Desilva on March 20, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Vancouver Washington & Portland Oregon air duct cleaning in new construction.

J&M Services provides all aspects of Gas Plumbing and Ventilation. We specialize in Homeowner projects and take pride in our work. We enjoy our job and look forward to finding the most cost effective and cleanest installs possible for our customers. By specializing in Gas Piping and Ventilation, we have a high level of knowledge and expertise in our trade. We also gain significant purchasing power by specializing and ordering our Gas Piping and Venting materials in quantity.…

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Added by Andreah Gibson on March 19, 2015 at 6:32pm — No Comments

Texas Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

Energy efficiency programs provide a means of addressing electric demand growth while minimizing the need for new generation resources.  Investor-owned utilities, municipal electric utilities, and electric cooperatives have offered these programs to commercial and residential customers for decades.  In the Texas deregulated electric market, however, there was a question…

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Added by Charlie Hewitt on March 17, 2015 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Drainwater Heat Recovery Units & Water Efficiency

Reblog, originally posted on www.bluehouseenergy.com 16 Feb 2015

Hot water distribution efficiency is now included in HERS ratings, under an amendment to ANSI/RESNET Standard 301-2014. This is a Good Thing. To date, all of our efforts to represent, and then…

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Added by Shawna Henderson on March 17, 2015 at 8:38am — 6 Comments

Importance of Airtight Ductwork in Air Testing

For building a home which is free from massive air pollutants, it is necessary to conduct a thorough examination of the air tightness testing inside ducts on the wall. Duct sealing, insulation and leakage are important points which are monitored by quality air testing solutions like Southern Assessors in UK.

While examining air quality and pressure, the following must not be neglected:…

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Added by Lee Blanchard on March 17, 2015 at 3:39am — 1 Comment

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