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Volunteer for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO!

Volunteer for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO!

Confluence Communications is pleased to be involved in managing the volunteer program for this exciting event, taking place Oct. 3-13 at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California. Volunteers are an important part of this exciting event. To register or find out more about volunteering, visit:…

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Added by Stacy Hunt on August 25, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

The Enthalpy Method

Imagine knowing the refrigerant charge was correct on a Central Heat Pump or A/C without attaching gauges!  No, I am not referring to the Lennox "Approach" calculation, which I have found to be very unreliable to predict refrigerant charge, but instead using the simple total capacity calculation with the correct tool.…

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Added by Christopher Morin on August 21, 2013 at 5:15pm — 4 Comments

Making the Invisible Visible: Valuing Energy Efficiency Improvements in a Real Estate Transaction

Often, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and environmental impact – are literally invisible during key steps of any home sale or refinance transaction.

One result is that energy…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on August 19, 2013 at 1:44pm — 3 Comments

Pocket Door Insulation

My home has 3 pocket doors whose open track areas I have caulked well best as I can from the door jams without removing the track or framing around  it.  I believe I should attack the remainder of the leaks from the attic and from the basement.   Are there any folks out there who might share their thoughts on the recommended methodology for best doing this?  Thanks much in advance.  John Harper

Added by John Harper on August 18, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments

When Buying Dux Airoheat Heat Pump for Homes

Installing heat pump at homes, for hot water needs is an effective medium of controlling electricity bills and adopting greener approach to save environment. These pumps take heat from atmospheric air and pass it onto the water tank with the help of refrigerants.



If studies are to be believed, Dux Airoheat pumps can save up to 25% of the energy consumption in an average home. However, before…

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Added by Jack Sadyak on August 14, 2013 at 11:57pm — No Comments

Not Yet Registered for RaterFest! 2013? Only a Few Weeks Left!

EnergyLogic is excited to invite you to the 5th annual RaterFest! event, one of the best conferences and values in the industry!  This year's retreat will take place on September 13th - 15th, 2013 near Black Hawk, CO.  This incredible 2.5 day conference is nestled amongst the beautiful Colorado Rocky Mountains, and provides attendees with a focused opportunity to learn, network, and interact with fellow Energy…

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Added by Meagan Foster on August 13, 2013 at 2:32pm — No Comments

What Sustainability Is Really About

Just read a book about the work of an environmental mediator, Lucy Moore, Common Ground on Hostile Turf: Stories from an Environmental Mediator (Island Press). What I liked most about this book was that it was a series of ten stories. There…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on August 12, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

Leveraging Human-Building Interaction (HBI)

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

 

Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.



-Archimedes

My colleague Jenny Edwards often describes the…

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Added by Lester Shen on August 8, 2013 at 8:34am — 9 Comments

Be a Little Like a Used Car Salesperson

Used car salesmen get a bad rap, and there are good reasons for that. But I think the home performance community can learn from them in some important ways. I say that as someone who once had a serious case of buyer’s remorse, but got over it.

When I first moved to California I was working at an independent bookstore in Berkeley, and I liked the idea of not having a car. But after a year I realized that I couldn’t get everywhere I wanted to go in a timely manner on BART (Bay…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on August 5, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?

The most recognizable and commonly used mini-split system is the wall-mounted ductless system. They’re seen all over the world and are starting to become noticed and used here in North America, particularly in homes with small heating and…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on July 31, 2013 at 5:18am — 10 Comments

Michigan GreenStar’s First Certified Remodel in Grand Rapids shows 50% energy reduction

Being the Executive Director at an organization that promotes and trains on residential green building, Brett Little decided  to put his money where his mouth was and commit to green remodeling in his first house purchase. Brett and his wife Laura wanted to commit to the up and coming city of Grand Rapids Michigan, which was easy to do with all the past few years of recognition and grow (Most sustainable mid sized city, beer city usa 12′ and 13′, top ten place to find a job, most LEED…

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Added by Brett Little on July 26, 2013 at 11:02am — 1 Comment

Heat Pumps Brisbane: Factors to Be Considered Before Buying

Having an efficient water heating system in homes has become very important in today’s era. Because of rising inflation, it is more crucial to cut down electricity bills and look for more environment friendly products. Heat pump Brisbane works in similar fashion to refrigerator functioning and lessens the electricity costs effectively.…

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Added by Jack Sadyak on July 25, 2013 at 11:28pm — No Comments

PED's for an HVAC Technician?

An acronym for what is synonymous with all that is bad with the American Pastime, Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED's) have been proven to inflate a ballplayer's performance.  Most important in contract years, a player's performance is measured in specific statistics.  So, what if there was a pill, or cream, that an HVAC Technician or Salesperson could take to inflate their numbers.  Make them perform at the top of their field and get them the highest pay in the industry?  Would you take it?…

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Added by Christopher Morin on July 25, 2013 at 11:29am — 4 Comments

Checklists—The Professional's Best Friend

Want to know why air travel is still, by far, the safest way to go? Do you want to know how hospitals around the world can cut the risk of post-surgical complications and death by more than half? Do you wonder why the greatest triumphs of engineering, buildings and infrastructure, are beautiful, as well as safe and functional? The answer is checklists. I was inspired by this simple and powerful tool after reading The Checklist…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on July 24, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Seeking Multifamily Building Operators, Quality Control Inspectors, and Retrofit Project Managers

Due to the need for additional responses, the Multifamily Housing Job Task Analyses Validation Study is being extended until Friday, July 26 at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT).  In particular, we are seeking responses from Multifamily Building Operators, Multifamily Quality Control Inspectors, and…

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Added by Steve Lommele on July 22, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Integration of VRV / VRF Air- Conditioning Systems and Home Automation / BMS Controllers

Integration of VRV / VRF Air- Conditioning Systems and Home Automation / BMS Controllers   

The latest generation in Air-Conditioning Systems incorporates advanced VRV/VRF technology that saves energy and is extremely quiet in operation. These systems are no longer as rare as they were in the past and are now getting the attention they deserve together with increased market…

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Added by ofer ben -nathan on July 22, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Elder Star

All of us have elderly relatives or friends, but have you ever considered their energy consumption patterns? On the surface, those patterns may look little different from your own, but in fact the aging population brings new needs across the whole spectrum of health, transportation, recreation, housing, and safety. And since the over-65 cohort is a growing…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 9, 2013 at 3:51pm — 3 Comments

Modernizing the Residential Utility Disclosure Ordinance in Chicago

Back in the ‘80s, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and others helped the City of Chicago pass a residential utility disclosure ordinance that required the disclosure of heating bills when residential properties are sold or leased in the city. Why? Heating expenses constitute a significant home expense, and it’s important for consumers and Realtors to have access to this information.

Until now, complying with the ordinance could take up to two weeks: a Realtor submitted an…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on July 9, 2013 at 1:23pm — 3 Comments

Public Art to Promote Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency can be a tough sell. Providing detailed information about financial savings and environmental benefits doesn’t always motivate conservation. So when rational arguments don’t work, how can we influence energy behavior? Perhaps by creating an emotional response with inclusive and engaging public art installations, such as the upcoming Northeast Green Light Project.…

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Added by Anna Jursik on July 9, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Besoin de conseils ou d'un devis pour la renovation de salle de bain de votre habitation ?

Besoin de conseils ou d'un devis pour la renovation de salle de bain de votre habitation ?

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Added by Isolation devis on July 8, 2013 at 10:37pm — No Comments

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