Of course intelligence comes in many forms and no single field holds the market. Still, there is a certain positive association between rocket science and smarts — and as a research-driven organization, we took the opportunity to explore that association a bit, with a couple willing test subjects in our own staff. (Originally posted at…Continue
Added by Tim Hanrahan on September 24, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments
That’s the National Association for State Community Services Programs, which held it’s annual training conference September 16-18 in Sacramento. NASCSP serves the DOE WAP program, as well as other low-income programs through training and advocacy in Washington D.C.
I’ve been to several of these conferences over the 15 years I have worked at Home Energy. There are always changes, but this year I noticed a big change. A lot of the leadership that shepherded WAP through the ARRA…Continue
It’s really nice when hard work pays off.
As part of the collaborative efforts of the Value for High Performance Homes Campaign, we were able to get an energy efficiency measure – air sealing and insulation – added to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost versus Value study. This matters because it legitimizes a valuable, low-cost, and manageable home improvement project which home…Continue
Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 17, 2015 at 9:38am — No Comments
As the demands for Green Buildings increase, so does the demand for comprehensive rating systems that define exactly what a Green Building is. While it may seem like having a rating system for Green Buildings would confine Green Building and discourage innovation, this is not the case. Many different Green Building rating systems that are currently in place encourage innovation and builders who incorporate particularly innovative aspects into their Green Building can earn extra points and…Continue
Added by GBRI on September 17, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments
ABAA – Air Barrier Association of America
The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) was incorporated in Massachusetts in 2001 and consists of…
Let’s set the scene first. As you may have experienced, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort,…Continue
Added by Kim Tanner on September 8, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments
Since last June I have been qualifying homeowners in the Los Angeles County for the Home Upgrade "Energy Upgrade California" program sponsored by the State Of California, funded in part by the Federal Government, and YOU the Customer of the Utility Companies.
We test your home and give you the results all at no cost to YOU! What's the catch you ask? Two appointments need to be made and kept by the homeowner(s). The program provides assistance and incentives up to $6500 for home…Continue
Added by John Kaye on September 4, 2015 at 12:00am — No Comments
After the first oil embargo, in 1973, our nation recognized the need to save energy in a coordinated way. It made sense to designate energy utilities to coordinate energy-saving activities in buildings, because nobody had better access to the customer and to key information about the customer. This led to three decades of utility-managed energy conservation programs. Many succeeded. Some did not.
But times change. Today, there’s a new imperative:…Continue
This spring in New Orleans I hosted “True Tales of Haunted Home Performance,” at the Home Performance Coalition National Home Performance Conference. I was joined in this true storytelling event by seven home energy pros, who contributed their real-life stories.
All the storytellers gave examples of what they had learned from the haunted houses they worked on, including John Tooley's heat pump from hell, and Chris Dorsi's haunted time capsule. We'll be reprinting these two stories in…Continue
Added by Tom White on September 1, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
Have you suddenly started noticing a spike in your energy bills? If yes, one of the main things you ought to check is your boiler/HVAC unit. May be it has very long since you brought it home. Perhaps you didn’t have an idea that your boiler is losing its life – since it might still be working – though erratic, slow, and noisy. Go through the following checklist and see if you can fix any problem that exists in your boiler/ HVAC unit.
If it’s Over 20 Years Old
Added by SmithWatson on September 1, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments
Home buyers across the country can find out where the home of the future is available today with DOE’s new Tour of Zero. The recently launched webpage offers…Continue
We are adding something new to RaterFest! this year... attendee led breakout sessions on Saturday afternoon.
Have something that you'd like to lead a discussion on? Comment your topic idea below!
If yours is chosen, we'll give you a space on-site and 45 minutes to discuss your ideas with other energy professionals.…Continue
Added by Hannah Finch on August 27, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments
The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) constantly evolves to meet current energy efficiency needs. Over the years new requirements have been added to the IECC to make it stricter and increase overall energy efficiency of buildings. Some states are resistant to these changes, and some choose not to adopt an IECC at all. In fact, of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 10 either haven’t adopted an IECC, or are operating under a code older than the 2006 IECC, according to the…Continue
Added by Kim Tanner on August 27, 2015 at 7:47am — No Comments
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen,
I've been thinking about the topic of multifamily blower door tests for a while, and I want to get your opinion. This is an article that I wanted to publish in Home Energy Magazine but I thought it would be better to get up sooner. It's about energy code language regarding blower door testing. When I was at Steven Winter Associates, the NY State Codes Council asked for advice about blower door testing language, so that's where this originates. I hope you…Continue
Have you ever learnt anything from Home Alone, aside from how to have a great weekend for the family, it's that furnaces are alarming. Yet, what's much scarier than the storm cellar staying, red hot mammoth itself is the outcomes of not staying aware of filter cleaning and evacuation.
A clean filter extends the furnace's life, upgrades the general execution, enhances the…Continue
Added by Awen Thomas on August 26, 2015 at 4:30am — No Comments
Reposted from Center for Energy and Environment's blog
Center for Energy and Environment’s research team explores and identifies cost-effective…Continue
Added by Tim Hanrahan on August 25, 2015 at 12:59pm — No Comments
Building Science is Worthless...
Thousands of hours went in this construction detail. When we factor all the time spent by building science engineers, from all over the world,…Continue
When it comes to keeping your HVAC system maintained, nothing is more important or easier than making sure your filters get changed out every month or two. Dirty, neglected filters have real affects on your AC system that end up costing you more in repairs and early replacement down the road than if they were changed regularly.
When the air filter gets dirty it becomes restrictive to airflow passing through it, so your…
Added by David Byrnes on August 24, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments