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Portland, Oregon Passes Landmark Policy to Disclose Energy Performance to Homebuyers

On December 14, 2016, the Portland City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance requiring home energy scores for single family homes listed for sale. This innovative new policy will help Portland create jobs for its…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 20, 2016 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Addison Homes Wins Pinnacle Award for Best Achievement in Energy Efficiency

Addison Homes was amongst the home building industry’s best and brightest honored with a 2016 Pinnacle Award during the 13th annual Celebration of Excellence. Presented by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina, Pinnacle Awards recognize the state’s builders and remodelers who have achieved the hi

ghest standard of quality craftsmanship, innovative problem-solving and customer satisfaction.…

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Added by Michelle Usher on December 7, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Emergency Heating Situation Leads to Further Efficiency Upgrades in Morgan Park

In early November 2015, the boiler failed in building manager Chiaka Patterson’s 12-unit multifamily building in the Morgan Park area of Chicago. As winter was quickly approaching, Mrs. Patterson worried about her tenant’s comfort and safety. She reached out to Community Investment Corporation (CIC) to assist her with…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on December 9, 2016 at 7:16am — No Comments

DOE Completes New Consensus-Based Air Conditioner Standards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published new minimum energy efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps today.  The new standards, which are based on a negotiated agreement, will reduce air conditioner and heat pump energy use by about 7%, translating into hundreds of dollars in electricity bill savings for consumers over the life of their equipment.

A federal…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 14, 2016 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

A Healthy Home and a Healthy Bottom Line

There has been a lot of interest of late in the weatherization and broader home performance community in putting a value on the health benefits of weatherization. We’ve come a long way in the last several years and have reached, I think, some strong consensus that the health benefits of weatherization and home performance retrofits are real and valuable. This means that making healthy housing a part of your business plan makes good sense.

E4TheFuture is a nonprofit organization…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on December 5, 2016 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Natural Gas is Becoming Less Attractive

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The United States and Canada have been fortunate to have access to natural gas for space heating, water heating, and other applications. Over the decades, gas supplies have been both reliable and affordable. We also believed that natural gas was clean and environmentally friendly, and was therefore reasonable as the fuel of choice. Sadly, this situation is changing; natural gas is becoming less attractive.

What has changed? First, research has shown that natural gas…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 5, 2016 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

Setting the PACE for Consumer Protection

Residential PACE (property assessed clean energy), an innovative solution for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, is being led by a set of industry mavens seeking to realize the promise of this public–private partnership. Specifically, industry stakeholders have come…

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Added by Kelly Vaughn on November 23, 2016 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

Moving Forward with Home Performance

There is still much uncertainty about how the new Trump administration will effect home performance businesses and the energy efficiency of U.S homes. But over the last eight years many states, local governments, and utilities have begun major initiatives that will continue to support professionals who are working to create high-performance homes.

Home Energy will continue to highlight the proven business-building…
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Added by Tom White on November 21, 2016 at 3:52pm — 2 Comments

California's Home Performance Data Drought

Every energy upgraded home has data. But it’s the story behind the data that gives it meaning.

Stories like Mark and Jane’s who sold their home in Carmel, California fixer upper with a couple acres in Grass Valley so they could pursue their micro-farm dream in their retirement. With extensive energy upgrades in the attic and to their crawl and mechanical systems, they reduced consumption by…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 16, 2016 at 8:07am — 1 Comment

Four Addison Homes Projects Featured on Tour of Zero

Tour of Zero: Take a Virtual Walk Through Homes of the Future … Today

Are you ready for a home that lives better, works better and lasts better?

The home of the future – a better home – is available today! See for yourself at the U.S. Department of Energy’s…

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Added by Michelle Usher on November 16, 2016 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Healthy Homes, Healthy Families: Elevator Chris Steinhoff is Leading the Way

In an effort to provide more comprehensive services to the people we serve, especially low-income populations, Elevate is working towards identifying and solving home-based health hazards that we discover while doing energy efficiency work. These home-base health hazards are often a barrier to weatherization for our low- to moderate-income homeowners. To support this work,…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on October 28, 2016 at 8:19am — No Comments

How to Use Peer Diffusion to Make Better Homes a “Must Have”

Peer Diffusion: A form of communication within and between networks of people that (1) occurs through varying forms of social comparison and social interaction around an innovation (i.e., a new behavior, idea, or technology) and (2) ultimately promotes the broader adoption of that…

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Added by Douglas Miller on November 3, 2016 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

The Real Women of Home Performance: Lauren Salz

Lauren Salz is the co-founder and COO of Sealed, a company with a simple purpose: to make home comfort improvements a no-brainer. Lauren manages the Sealed's software and patent-pending analytics, as well as the recently announced Sealed HomeAdvance fund.

Julie Caracino (Home Performance Coalition): How did you get started in the home…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 1, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Forty Years of WAP—A Family Celebration

Sometimes it feels like Home Energy and the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) grew up together, along with what was formerly known as ACI and is now the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) and some other energy efficiency advocates. The WAP program is celebrating four decades of air sealing, insulating, health home making and family supporting on National Weatherization Day on Sunday, October 30th.

That would make Home Energy WAP’s little brother or sister. We…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 28, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

4 Traps to Avoid in Selling Home Performance

You want the sale. We all want the sale! Maybe you’re very hungry to post some numbers or push to hit the plan. That’s OK. But don’t let that get in the way of good approaches. It’s easier to stick with a good process when you’ve got ample leads, a solid pipeline, and you’re been hitting the numbers. So, try to stay ahead and…use effective lead generation, maintain your pipeline, and stay on top of your plan…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on October 25, 2016 at 2:58pm — 1 Comment

Increasing Energy Savings for Less in West Humboldt Park

Building owner Charles Beck needed to make improvements to the failing boiler of his 12-unit apartment building located on the West Side of Chicago. His building is one of a few viable housing developments in an area faced with foreclosures and disinvestment.

Beck approached the …

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Added by Amber Vignieri on October 14, 2016 at 9:39am — No Comments

Insulation Institute’s Blog Features Addison Project

We love talking high-performance — with clients AND colleagues — so it’s cool to be featured on North American Insulation Manufacturers Association/Insulation Institute’s blog on using fiberglass insulation, along with other products and processes, to build Zero Energy Ready Homes.

Following is a copy of NAIMA’s blog post:…

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Added by Michelle Usher on October 3, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Even with Polar Vortex, Hourly Pricing Participants Saved

ComEd’s Hourly Pricing program allows participants to pay the hourly, wholesale market price for electricity. By conserving electricity usage when prices are high through simple behavior changes, customers can increase their savings. Elevate Energy administers the program and provides customer services to approximately 11,000 participants to help them manage costs, including high price alerts by email, phone or text, an online…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on September 30, 2016 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

What Happens When Home Performance is Made Visible?

“I don’t know” or “probably not” are the most common responses I hear to the question, “is your home efficient?” As Chris Mooney…

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Added by Keith Burrows on September 22, 2016 at 8:00am — 4 Comments

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