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Redefining the Term "Mobile Home"

 

The most energy efficient home is one that's already built. Keeping a home out of a landfill saves all the materials in the house, as well as all the energy used to create the materials—the building's embodied energy. And historic homes preserve a slice of culture that would otherwise be lost forever. And what's better than keeping one 100-year-old house out of the landfill? Keeping two 100-year-old houses out of the…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on March 8, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Houses Don't Use Energy: People Do

As my good friend Rana Belshe says.  Let's not forget that the people who live in houses are the ones who are in charge of how the house loses and gains energy and how the appliances and HVAC use energy.  People are the key and heart of gettin' it done! 

Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on March 7, 2011 at 9:54am — 3 Comments

Advanced certification for RESNET Thermographers

I’m just back from the RESNET national conference in Orlando and I am very excited to report that RESNET certification is now available!

 

What’s needed?

• You must be a RESNET Building Performance Auditor or a Rater

• You must have 3 months experience using thermal imaging and a blower door

• You must have taken a training course that complies with the standards of the American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT)

 

If you have these…

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Added by John Snell on March 5, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Prospects for US energy efficiency companies in Israel

The push for energy efficiency has clearly become worldwide, creating new prospects for US green energy companies to pursue export and foreign partnerships.

One such opportunity comes from Israel, with the help of the United States-Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF), a Washington-based non-profit organization.

Israel is not a country we hear much about in terms of energy opportunity. China, India, North America, South Korea, Japan – these countries tend to steal…

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Added by Elisa Wood on March 4, 2011 at 9:46am — No Comments

ENERGY STAR V3 Class - Day 2

So are you curious about what is going to be covered in this class for Raters? This blog post was pulled from my original article done back in February. This class was taught by Allison A Bailes III of Energy Vanguard, and was tweeted live with the hash tag –…

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Added by Sean Lintow Sr on March 4, 2011 at 5:53am — No Comments

ENERGY STAR V3 Class - Day 1

So are you curious about what is going to be covered in this class for Raters? This blog post was pulled from my original article done back in February. This class was taught by Allison A Bailes III of Energy Vanguard, and was tweeted live with the hash tag –…

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Added by Sean Lintow Sr on March 4, 2011 at 5:42am — No Comments

Energy Tax Credits for 2011: What's Available

Thanks to the federal tax bill signed into law in December, there are still energy tax credits available for 2011. That's the good news. The not-so-good news is that the amounts available in 2011 have been reduced for certain improvements. From 2009 through 2010, homeowners were rewarded with a 30% tax credit for making their homes more energy efficient ($1500 maximum credit). For 2011, homeowners will receive only a 10% tax credit for home energy efficiency improvements ($500 maximum credit).… Continue

Added by Dennis Cheslik on March 3, 2011 at 4:33pm — 3 Comments

The Making of an Industry at ACI





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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 1, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

My Letter to Governor Brown

CHEERS and The CEC

 

While I feel this will fall on deaf ears I felt it worth a try. I am (or was) a HERS Rater here in California. The CEC and CHEERS have “locked” many of us raters out of conducting business here in California. I have personally passed on jobs due to this squabble.

This lockout began in early October. It was thought that this would be resolved quickly. After a five month moratorium this obviously is not the case. As far as I know the problem is data…

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Added by Glen Gallo on March 1, 2011 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

How to Become a Solar PV Installer

A 448-kilowatt commercial solar system was powered up last Tuesday at the San Bernardino Corporate Center near Mill Street and Toppecanoe Avenue. The project came out of a partnership of the Novato-based SPG Solar Inc., the nonprofit for Sustainable Communities Reinvestment Partnership, known as SCRIP Inc, and the Inland Valley Development Agency (IVDA), the regional joint powers authority overseeing redevelopment in and around the former Norton Air Force Base.



The commercial…

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Added by Fida Hossain on February 27, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Your electric meter: A villain or hero?

Before energy became a hot topic, no one cared about the electric meter.  It was the box on the house we all ignored except the guy from the utility who dodged the barking dogs to take a reading from it once in awhile.

It is a sign of our times that this box now inspires enough emotion for people to take to the streets. Protesters gathered outside the California Public Utilities Commission last week claiming that new metering technology not only makes people sick, but also violates…

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Added by Elisa Wood on February 25, 2011 at 9:09am — No Comments

RESNET Conference

Anyone attending the RESNET conference in Orlando next week and who are currently providing IR inspections as either a BPI or HERS Rater inspector, might want to sit in on the presentation of the new IR Standard Interium Guidlines currently being approved. Rogge Miller from GWSSI, John Snell from Snell Group and myself will be going over the IR portion of the Chapter 8 Performance Testing and are hoping for some solid discussions and feedback from those interested in how this is going to…

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Added by Bret Monroe on February 23, 2011 at 7:33am — No Comments

A Little Green Goes A Long Way

Yesterday I received an email forwarded to me from a co-worker. The email itself was a request from a journalist seeking information on a variety of topics related to eco-friendly housing from both an owner and builder perspective. Some of the questions of interest to me included “Does a small budget limit going green or can a little go a long way?” and “Where is… Continue

Added by Nathan Christensen on February 22, 2011 at 8:57am — No Comments

Building Science Proven by the Bug Man



A buddy of mine, Dennis, that’s an exterminator called me the other day while I was standing in Home Depot.  “Jon, I’ve got a problem and I need some of your building science expertise.” The problem he was having was being caused by some granules he had put down to repel some flying squirrels.  The granules…

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Added by Jon LaMonte on February 21, 2011 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments

Weatherization Helps Homeowners Keep in the Heat and Save Money

A weatherization program in South Carolina that has made area homes more energy efficient could impact the local economy for decades to come. The Orangeburg-Calhoun-Allendale-Bamberg Community Action Agency program is funded by federal stimulus dollars and has improved 179 houses for low- to moderate-income homeowners over the past year.



The work has cut utility bills and made older homes energy efficient. OCAB Community Action Agency Executive Director Calvin Wright says 12…

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Added by Fida Hossain on February 20, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Forget the Groundhog . . .

 

     Here's a real harbinger of spring in Syracuse:

 

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Added by Ed Voytovich on February 18, 2011 at 2:19pm — 2 Comments

Why President Obama's better buildings initiative doesn't work for multifamily

Guest blog By Michael Miller

You might think by this headline that I’m about to rant about the news regarding energy efficiency policy that was circulating last week. President Obama outlined a plan called the Better Buildings Initiative to…

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Added by Elisa Wood on February 18, 2011 at 10:52am — No Comments

Arizona Corporation Commission Approves SolarReserve's Crossroads Solar Energy Project

SolarReserve, a U.S. developer of utility-scale solar power projects, announced today that it has received its final Certificates of Environmental Compatibility (CEC) by unanimous decision (5-0) from the Arizona Corporation Commission for its 150 megawatt (MW) Crossroads Solar Energy Project. The approval includes the associated transmission line connecting the project to Arizona Public Service's transmission grid. This final approval follows this past December's unanimous decision (11-0) from… Continue

Added by Fida Hossain on February 15, 2011 at 1:31am — No Comments

How the Heck Does a Heat Pump Get Heat from Cold?!

It's been cold out this winter, so I've been talking a lot about heat. Invariably when I talk to people about how heat pumps can keep your home warm in winter, they get a look of bewilderment on their faces and ask how that's possible. No one ever tells me that they're confused about how a…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on February 13, 2011 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Icing on the . . . Cake??



 

     R-49 attic insulation is recommended for this climate, and I spec R-60 for most attic floors because…

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Added by Ed Voytovich on February 12, 2011 at 8:51am — 1 Comment

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