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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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Big Sky Resort, Montana -- August 14, 2015
The Habitat X Summer National Conference provides a collaborative meeting place for leaders from the energy efficiency, building performance, and utility industries. Each year we work in a open public process to develop a position statement that addresses…Continue
Added by Chris Dorsi on August 15, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
“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…Continue
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…
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Stacy Hunt on July 6, 2015 at 10:27am — No Comments