Yesterday I showed a home that was a complete remodel with added square footage. The original house was 775 sq ft., stick built in 1946, with maybe a 6" crawl space. The owner added 1000 sq ft to the main house and built a separate finished "workshop" on a separate HVAC system.
Walking around the side of the house, I saw an HVAC system twice the normal width with a faded sticker. It was a Goodman but that's all I could tell from the outside. No idea how old it was but the…Continue
First off, I am not an Energy Auditor and don't hold those certifications or experience. I am a realtor with 2 green designations that assist my clients, both buyers and sellers, with energy efficient upgrades. It is my job to be able to convey my unique knowlege to help them lower their energy bills, improve indoor…Continue
We love talking Zero Energy Ready Homes -- with clients AND industry colleagues! So we were happy to oblige when the National Association of Home Builders asked us to outline lessons we've learned whilst building ultra-efficient homes, so fellow builders could learn from our experience. Our guest blog on NAHB Now, “…Continue
Added by Michelle Usher on September 2, 2016 at 10:10am — No Comments
I think our universities need to offer a new degree: Bachelor of Science in Homebuilding.
Employment and education in America has changed a lot in the last generation. A high school education used to…Continue
Below Ground Solar Pool Heating Systems: An in depth look into their effectiveness, installation & added benefits.
Gateway Canyons Resort, Colorado
Everyone knows that heating a pool can be a very expensive operation. That is why so many have moved towards sustainable technologies like solar energy. For most, when thinking of solar energy an image of large solar…Continue
Added by Max DesMarais on August 17, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments
Two Addison Homes projects have earned 2016 Housing Innovation Awards from the U.S. Department of Energy. Addison Homes won in both the Innovation…Continue
I just played the recent Game of Homes scenario, "Budget Constraints". Check it out and let me know what you think?
Added by Sarah Holloway on August 10, 2016 at 3:09pm — No Comments
by Jacob Corvidae, Rocky Mountain Institute
What makes solar power contagious, and can home energy upgrades spread the same way? Solar is spreading like a reinvented fire. See the dropping prices, technology improvements, and …Continue
EnergyLogic has teamed up with Owens Corning as a flagship sponsor of Game of Homes, EnergyLogic’s new, free training platform for home performance professionals. In case you haven't heard about it yet... pros involved in making homes more energy efficient, safe and healthy can play Game of Homes to earn CEUs, which they can apply toward…Continue
Added by Linda Lidov on August 4, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments
Until Aug. 13, many prospective home buyers in Utah were touring new homes during the Salt Lake Parade of Homes and pondering which might be best for them. One important question many were asking is, “What would my energy bills be in this new home versus that one?”
Luckily, when shopping for a new home, Utah consumers can now check energy ratings…Continue
I think yes.
During the past 6-7 years, I have investigated on-demand pumps (IAPMO certified). I gathered large amounts of wasted water, energy and time data—with these pumps installed (and without) from homeowners all over the USA. I have written…Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 15, 2016 at 9:43am — No Comments
In 2013, building owner Josh Miller worked with Elevate Energy to reduce the cost of utility bills in his two-story building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago, as well as improve the overall comfort of the units.
After suffering through a winter of cold drafts and high gas bills, Josh Miller decided to…Continue
Swimming pool owners will see a huge drop in their monthly utility bills thanks to a consensus agreement between industry, efficiency proponents, and other interested parties for the first national energy efficiency standards for pool pumps that was approved July 29 by a U.S.…Continue
Since 1995, Building America Program experts have developed more than 100 innovations that…Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 18, 2016 at 2:35pm — No Comments
Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check out the Drying Potential.
Check this out! This 24" x 48" x 2" thick piece of rigid stone wool insulation was left out overnight (on purpose) on the High Performance Tiny House project site, to see how it handles a deluge of rain, which we knew was coming. One of the many …Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on July 26, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments
Over the past five years, the Home Energy Pros social network has grown from a twinkle in our eyes to a vibrant community of 5000 doers and shakers in the home performance world. The membership represents a rich cross-section of participants in the home energy performance movement, including:
Added by Evan Mills on July 25, 2016 at 10:34am — No Comments
Those of us working within the building industry or energy efficiency space in existing homes know that boosting insulation levels can reduce energy use, cut consumer costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, there’s been a modest amount of data to quantify the extent of the benefits—particularly at the state level. Until now.
Added by Home Energy Magazine on July 18, 2016 at 2:32pm — No Comments
Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy? http://bit.ly/28Pyl8g New on my Blog! This post was made to respond to my friend Nate Adams question of 'Why?' when I tweeted that I was disappointed at…Continue
This blog post is guest written by former staff member Eric Keeley.
Great enthusiasm for home energy efficiency is often matched with misconceptions. Let’s explore a bit and figure out the difference between what we perceive, believe, and what we know to be true.
Windows: We see through them every day and curse the drafts coming through and around them. We are certain that old windows are the main culprit behind why we spend so much…Continue