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At PlugFest, Energy Efficiency Plays Well With Real Estate

If you haven’t heard, there’s a lot happening right now at the intersection of home energy performance and real estate.

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,…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 8, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Twenty-First-Century Energy Efficiency—with Carbon on Our Minds

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:…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on September 2, 2015 at 3:23pm — 2 Comments

Deconstructing and Moving a Historic Home

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…


Added by Tom White on September 1, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Find out who's building some of the best-performing homes in the country today with DOE’s Tour of Zero

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…


Added by Theresa L Gilbride on August 31, 2015 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

Aerosol Sealing Blocks Energy Waste, Locks in Savings

Reposted from Center for Energy and Environment's blog

From Helen Booth-Tobin, CEE policy and communications specialist:

Center for Energy and Environment’s research team explores and identifies cost-effective…


Added by Tim Hanrahan on August 25, 2015 at 12:59pm — No Comments

The Better Blower Door Test for Multifamily Energy Code

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…


Added by Sean Maxwell on August 27, 2015 at 12:24am — 3 Comments

2015 IECC Updates Help Homebuyers Make Informed Purchases

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…


Added by Kim Tanner on August 27, 2015 at 7:47am — No Comments

Building Science is Worthless...

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,…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on August 25, 2015 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Habitat X Releases 2015 Position Statement


Big Sky Resort, Montana -- August 14, 2015

The Habitat X Summer National Conference provides a collaborative meeting place for leaders from the energy efficiencybuilding performance, and utility industries. Each year we work in a open public process to develop a position statement that addresses…


Added by Chris Dorsi on August 15, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Do You Acknowledge MERV Ratings? Read This

Numerous individuals are befuddled about the short frame MERV. To put it plainly, MERV ratings announce the proficiency of an air filters capacity to evacuate particles (toxins) from the air. This short guide goes in confined into what MERV is and what diverse MERV evaluations really mean for you and your crew.

What is MERV?

MERV is the Minimum Efficiency…


Added by Crosbey Archery on August 12, 2015 at 2:16am — 2 Comments

not a Video - not a true photo


This is using still and moving camera,   Then gets stitched with software.     Tell me what you think?   On the photo that move you slow it or speed it up or go all the way around.   
Google give big points with using it.   Some say more than video.  

Added by Eric Kjelshus on August 6, 2015 at 6:16pm — 2 Comments

With record high heat/humidity come xtreme door sticking.

Living in Missouri, the combination of record high temperatures and extreme humidity are really becoming evident with all our house doors sticking. Doors we've never seen stick before. This record weather is also pointing out some deficiencies in our HVAC with condensation. (If you see water dripping, check duct work…


Added by Don Fitchett on July 27, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?

“If your new home was not built properly to Code, you might pay $50,000 over the life of your home in extra energy bills. You may have health and structural problems caused by hidden hidden problems and improper inspections by Code officials.  At no cost to you, let us have your home checked to see if you are one of 1000s in Texas (name your State) where Codes are ignored.”

In Australia, homeowners are starting class actions against their builders for the same type of poor workmanship…


Added by Colin Genge on July 29, 2015 at 4:30pm — 11 Comments

HVAC Industry: Who wins with High Warranties?

During the sales process, it is inevitable warranty periods will be raised.  I remember raving about how the latest and greatest HVAC product led the industry with the longest warranty period.  Very often this only lasted a short period of time as other Manufacturer’s would continue to match warranties with their line.  Things often got out of hand as warranties have reached ‘limited lifetime’ on parts like compressors or heat…


Added by Christopher Morin on August 3, 2015 at 10:26am — 4 Comments

Taming the Energy Use of Gaming Computers

New report on the surprising energy appetite of gaming PCs -- More info and link to the full report here.

While not part of the building envelope or primary systems that home energy pros usually engage with, it's important to know about this increasingly…


Added by Evan Mills on July 21, 2015 at 2:38pm — 2 Comments

The Real Women of Home Performance

At the ACI National Conference this year, I was remiss that there was no official presence of Women in Home Performance. What I found encouraging was that people noticed and asked for more. So, with the gracious assistance of long time supporter Macie Melendez of Home Energy magazine, we’re back! Macie and I will be interviewing women in the industry in a blog series, The Real Women of…

Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 14, 2015 at 1:57pm — 6 Comments


Sustainable Energi Solutions

The biggest errors occur in modeling estimates of…


Added by Bijou Lulla on July 8, 2015 at 1:18am — 5 Comments

DOE's Building Science Education efforts - a request

In recent years, DOE has developed the DOE Guidelines for Building Science Education - a set of job-specific checklists intended to be used by partnering training organizations, universities and certification bodies to self–certify that their programs include these important aspects of…


Added by Stacy Hunt on July 6, 2015 at 10:31am — 1 Comment

Building America Webinar: Put New Tools and Content on the Building America Solution Center To Work for You! July 22, 3pm ET/1pm MT/12pm PT

The Building America Program is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on the Building America Solution Center. The Building America Solution Center is known for its easy-to-follow, illustrated, step-by-step guides for installing the measures that make up high-performance homes.  A number of updates have been implemented that offer exciting new tools and content that builders and industry professionals can put to work immediately.  Tune in to this webinar to hear about the latest Solution…


Added by Stacy Hunt on July 6, 2015 at 10:27am — No Comments

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