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Seeking Innovation in Roofing Systems

Oak Ridge National Lab has partnered with GAF to host a technology challenge on roofing systems.  The challenge is part of the online crowdsourcing site, JUMP, and aims to identify innovation solutions for ensuring energy efficient and durable low-slope roofing systems employing concrete decks.

The National Roofing Contractors Association’s 2014-2015 Market Survey indicates that concrete decks represent about 14 percent of the new and retrofit low-slope construction market. In recent…

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Added by Sarah OConnell on May 12, 2017 at 9:47am — No Comments

Top tips for maintaining an evaporative cooler

Evaporative coolers, also known as swamp coolers have become a top choice for anyone looking for an alternative cooling solution from their home or office. In the past, evap cooler technology was limited for use in large operations that have easy access to exterior air such as factories.

The…

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Added by Kobus Niemand on May 4, 2017 at 3:30am — No Comments

Congratulations to the 2017 Race to Zero Winners!

The Ryerson University and University of Toronto team topped the …

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 9, 2017 at 6:56am — No Comments

Connecting the Dots: Real Estate and Home Performance

A new type of conversation between REALTORS® and their clients is changing the real estate industry before our eyes. As homebuyers browse Zillow listings and spend their Sundays visiting open houses, their agents are educating them to evaluate not just curb appeal and square footage, but also utility bill costs, comfort, and health. And homebuyers are listening.

In fact, 56 percent of REALTORS® say that…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on May 9, 2017 at 6:50am — 5 Comments

Attic Fans and CAZ Pressure - Testing Fun!

Consider turning attic fans on when checking for the worst case CAZ depressurization. The fan may be changing the pressure dynamics of the home in dangerous ways.…

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Added by A. Tamasin Sterner on May 8, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Crowdsourcing for Innovation

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Novel Building Envelope Design for Increased Thermal Performance

In 2014, more than 40% of US primary energy and 70% of electricity was consumed in residential and commercial buildings, resulting in annual energy costs of more than…

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Added by Sarah OConnell on March 24, 2017 at 7:30am — 4 Comments

The Legends of Home Performance

A project long in the making, we're happy to finally reveal some of our Legends of Home Performance videos. We've been working with videographer Debra Little for almost a year now, and she's had the pleasure of sitting down and hearing the stories of several home performance industry heavy hitters.  

"I've been shooting these at various conferences I've attended and it's been a thrill for me to hear [their] stories and be able to help make them accessible for folks to enjoy," says…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 27, 2017 at 7:27am — No Comments

Building a Clean Energy Future, Respect for the People Who Will Build It

What a dream job should look like

You don’t need to spend a great of time deal in the policy world before you hear a conversation about workforce development. In fact, the Energy Upgrade California incentive program was originally created as a workforce development solution. Flashback to 2008, the Great Recession: contractors were out of work and the economy was in a downward spiral. The incoming Obama administration designed a program to stimulate the economy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment…

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Added by Efficiency First California on April 25, 2017 at 1:29pm — No Comments

Women in Building Performance: Jamie Peters

Jamie Peters is the Director of Client Solutions at EnergySavvy, a software company that aims to transform the way utilities interact with and serve their customers. Peters brings seven years of energy efficiency program experience to EnergySavvy, including launching…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 17, 2017 at 12:43pm — No Comments

Why Builders Should Care About Grade I Installation

Quality installation of insulation matters and if builders aren’t getting RESNET Grade I installation with fiberglass batts then they’re getting a HERS-score penalty, says new fact…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 11, 2017 at 11:19am — No Comments

Always Learning: Elevator Bill Expands His Building Science Toolbox with Passive House

passive house certification 1 We’re always looking to advance our skills and deepen our expertise in building science; it’s the foundation of our work! The knowledge our staff has of building science is essential when they’re out in the field looking for opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. The more possible upgrades they can identify, the more money the people we serve can save. Since we never stop learning at Elevate Energy, Technical Project Lead Bill Lyons recently became one of 1,350…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on April 7, 2017 at 7:00am — No Comments

Do Low Flow Showerheads Save Water?

Did you know that, on average, people take 0.69 showers per day?

Did you know that the average shower lasts 7.8 minutes?

Did you know that showering uses a lot of water? Showering currently accounts for almost 20% of all indoor residential water demand!

There is no question that many people want to be environmentally responsible and use our natural resources—including water—more…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 3, 2017 at 8:05am — 4 Comments

The Elephant in the Room

Last week I attended the annual Home Performance Coalition (HPC) Conference & Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee. (Along with 1,900 other people!)

One of my favorite sessions included Kara Saul-Rinaldi, the Vice President of Government Affairs and Policy at HPC. With over 20 years of experience in policy and communications strategy and legislative and regulatory experience, Kara has worked for members of Congress, testified before congressional committees, and appeared in a…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 27, 2017 at 9:30pm — 5 Comments

Don MacOdrum receives BPI's 2017 Tony Woods Award!

BPI has honored Don MacOdrum, Executive Director at the Home Performance Guild of…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on March 23, 2017 at 6:17am — No Comments

How to Hook Every Type of Homeowner

When homeowners have an HVACR need, 80 to 90 percent begin their search for a provider on the Internet. Braving the wilds of the web, they’ll click and click, scroll and scroll, evaluating the appeal of you and your competition to find the best provider for their job.

But between the time they start searching, and the time they pick up the phone to call a provider, homeowners can engage in a complex set…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 8, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments

Balancing Act: Solving Airflow Issues in HVAC Systems

Today's homeowner is more concerned with energy efficiency than ever before. A National Association of Home Builders September 2016 survey found that energy-saving appliances were at or near the top of the must-have feature list for 80 percent of new home buyers. In January, the association released the…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 14, 2017 at 10:33am — 2 Comments

Let’s Party! A New Way to Learn About Home Energy Use

We went to the best house party—no, not an all-night blow-out, but a small get-together hosted by real estate broker Dan Razowsky. This particular house party was to help Dan, his parents, and their friends become more educated about energy use and energy efficiency in their homes, and we were thrilled to be a part of it.

At an Elevate Energy house…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on March 10, 2017 at 9:05am — No Comments

Energy (Oil, Natural Gas, Electricity, and Renewables) Outlook for Homes and Businesses in 2017

Please keep in mind that while the information presented here is valuable, it's important to remember that predictions can and often do change over time. This information was compiled from industry publications.

Oil Forecasts

Exxon Mobile released a report earlier this year called, Exxon Mobile’s…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 6, 2017 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Survey: 9 of 10 Americans Want to Protect the Environment, But They're Focusing on the Wrong Things

A new national survey finds good news for the environment: Nine out of 10 Americans believe the average person should be taking concrete steps to reduce his or her environmental impact. And two-thirds think that personal energy conservation habits can make a real difference in preventing climate change.

The only catch, according to the new survey conducted by…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 2, 2017 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

Multifamily houses retrofit- steam heating system boost

 

Problem scale. Significant, untapped opportunities exist to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s multifamily housing stock, which accounts annually for more than 100 million tons of carbon emissions and approximately $22 billion in energy expenditures [1]. Most multifamily rental properties were constructed before modern building energy codes were adopted, and existing utility incentive and rebate programs often overlook the…

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Added by Igor Zhadanovsky on January 11, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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