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Selling AC Retrofits - Notes from the field.

First I talk of safety. I mention old furnaces and CO possibilities, etc. This will usually make them sour up a bit because it is slightly a sales pitch.

Then I usually talk to homeowners about the hot and cold rooms. This is a big button and an easy one to push and get them talking. This adds to the sourness but gains…
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Added by Christopher Cadwell on October 25, 2011 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

Duke Speaks at Midwest Power Shift 2011 Conference

GGEC Co-Founder Adam Duke spoke this past weekend at the Midwest Power Shift 2011 conference in Cleveland, OH. He was featured on a panel discussing Energy Efficiency as the Building Base of the Green Economy. (The image below is taken from the event’s program.) 

“It was really great,” says Duke, “there were a ton of extremely passionate students from all over the country. By sharing my story and insights, I was hopefully able to convey that it’s possible to pursue their passions…

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Added by Adam Duke on October 25, 2011 at 7:44am — No Comments

Energy Education and the Consumer

Household Energy Consumption and Successful Energy Education

by Don Ames,  www.detectenergy.com

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Two homes…

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Added by Don Ames on October 23, 2011 at 8:00pm — 7 Comments

How to Prevent Heat Loss with 4 Examples-Diagrams-Drawings for your Building Projects

In recent conversations with customers and peers about reducing energy loss in buildings & structures and how heat and cold are transferred into a building via conduction, I explained and made reference to using a metal cooking utensil to stir a pot of chili.

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Added by scottscontracting on October 22, 2011 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Time to 'like' the energy internet

We hear a lot about the upcoming democratization of energy.  But with the average consumer thinking about energy only six minutes per year, it’s fair to wonder if anyone will show up to ‘vote.’

But this week an alliance that includes the intriguing combination…

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Added by Elisa Wood on October 21, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Advice from a Homeowner

Working at Home Energy would seem to have prepared me for having an energy efficiency retrofit done on my own home, at least to ask all the right questions.  But Murphy’s Law intruded nevertheless, and you may learn from my experience.  We live in the SF Bay Area in a 970-sq ft wood-framed stucco single-family home on one floor over a basement and garage, no air conditioning, with central heat.  Our goal for the audit was to improve comfort, as hot days were hotter inside the house,…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on October 20, 2011 at 11:37am — 10 Comments

Upcoming Webinars on Appraisal Institute's Green & EE Addendum.

The Appraisal Institute has announced a webinar on their new Green & EE Addendum. The course is open to members and non-members.  It will be presented by Sandy Adomatis, a leader in the industry on green value, and a primary author of the form.  Don't miss!  And keep an eye out at the end of November on another webinar on the same topic from Efficiency First. 

Appraisal Institute Webinar…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 20, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments

Upcoming Webinars on Appraisal Institute's Green & EE Addendum.

The Appraisal Institute has announced a webinar on their new Green & EE Addendum. The course is open to members and non-members.  It will be presented by Sandy Adomatis, a leader in the industry on green value, and a primary author of the form.  Don't miss!  And keep an eye out at the end of November on another webinar on the same topic from Efficiency First. 

Appraisal Institute Webinar…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 20, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments

An Energy Auditors Professional Mission

Energy Auditors: A Professional on a Mission to Save Energy

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com,  

Hopefully, most people that become Doctors, want to be Doctors. If someone is going to go digging around in my belly, I want them to enjoy what they're doing and not wish they were out leading a group of fisherman on a flounder trip.

I feel the same way about Energy Auditors, anyone that is going to test my…

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Added by Don Ames on October 18, 2011 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

Creating Shared Value - The Future of Business

“Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day.  Teach him to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

-Chinese proverb

 

Let’s say you own a waterfront business that invests the time and resources to teach that man or woman to fish.  You routinely offer “Fishing 101” classes.  Your…

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Added by Melissa Baldridge on October 18, 2011 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

COST VS VALUE VS PROFIT FOR BUILDING OR RETROFITTING

COST, as affected by real property (land & structures): Cost of land and assembling a structure as an improvement to the land. The cost of the structure is the purchase of land, planning, estimating, managing, labor and profit of the materials assembled or installed for the production of a building on improving the site. Cost is materials or unit value and the business/investment process of completing the structure or improvement on site for a…

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Added by Chris J Folse on October 17, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Priorities for Energy Efficiency

Energy Retrofits and Priorities for Energy Efficiency

by Don Ames,   www.detectenergy.com

energy efficiency

Nothing worse than saving…

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Added by Don Ames on October 15, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

Innovators 'home' in on energy

Fortunately for the rest of us, some people missed the message, the one that says we’re in an economic slide so slippery there is no climbing back up.

I had a chance to speak to several of these optimists recently. No, they are not members of the Pollyanna Club; they are green energy entrepreneurs, those who are innovating and growing companies as the rest of the world downsizes. (See …

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Added by Elisa Wood on October 13, 2011 at 9:58am — No Comments

A Solution for Appraising Efficiency- The buyer's point of view

How much is it worth to a home buyer to invest in energy efficiency improvements? A minimum estimate is that the annual savings on the energy bill pay for the annual cost of the investment when financed. This removes the primary reason for home buyers not to invest in energy efficiency -- lack of money. When faced with a choice of continuing to pay for wasted energy or making improvements that will make the house more comfortable and more valuable, buyers will opt for the…

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Added by Doris Ikle on October 11, 2011 at 9:00pm — 20 Comments

Follow Price Signals to a Green Revolution

Tom Friedman delivered an engaging keynote speech at USGBC’s Greenbuild last week in Toronto.  His message around the difference between a green party (“Yeah, we’re BP – Beyond Petroleum!”) and a green revolution was very inspiring.  His words fit right in with my presentation the next day on …

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 11, 2011 at 6:21pm — 1 Comment

Steve Jobs's Lessons for the Home Performance Industry

Mac vs PC Home performance is to Apple as standard building practices are to the generic PC industry. We, the adherents to the whole house, high quality approach to assessing and managing the performance of homes, are Apple. The standard, old school, business-as-usual approach to building and renovating homes is the rest of the computer industry.

This idea got seeded after reading James Stewart's article,…

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Added by Peter Troast on October 11, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

Health Issues Caused By Insulation Products

Does anyone know anyone who has had decreased health due to the installation of insulation materials?  I've been emailing back and forth with a man who had Atticat loose fill installed in two exterior walls.  He claims the odor is persisting and has developed teeth gnashing.

Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on October 11, 2011 at 4:27am — 2 Comments

Energy Valuation

I've been a contractor since 1972 and an accredited appraiser and real estate broker since 1990 and a HERS Rater since 2006. I'd like to know why everyone thinks poking sharp sticks at appraisers will get you more help? If I came to your job and started telling you how to do your business do you think I'd get your cooporation? I think a lump sum line adjustment will be easier to get into the mainstream valuation arena. Appraisals are not Energy Reports. Most appraisers aren't energy raters…

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Added by Chris J Folse on October 10, 2011 at 1:31pm — 1 Comment

Cost-Effectiveness of Home Energy Retrofits

Are Energy Saving Retrofits Cost-Effective?

by Don Ames

weatherization program

Government and Utility based programs that offer weatherization and other energy saving…

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Added by Don Ames on October 10, 2011 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Getting What It's Worth - Green Home Value

EcoHome Magazine provides a great case study on a home builder that takes the extra steps to provide the data points an appraiser needs during a green home appraisal.

Yup, it's too bad we need to take these extra steps right now.  And yup, you'd be crazy not to do the extra work!  The new…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 7, 2011 at 11:00am — No Comments

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