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Relay Network Targets Multifamily Housing Upgrades Nationwide

Affordable apartment buildings are home to more than 10 million American households, making them a backbone of U.S. housing stock. They also waste a lot of energy.

In fact, energy efficiency measures are far less likely to be found in multifamily buildings than any other type of housing, according to a 2011 report by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Several hurdles have stalled upgrades: building owners lack access to capital, utility-run efficiency…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on May 27, 2016 at 11:12am — No Comments

Home Energy Efficiency Round-Up, May Special Alert--Efficiency Financing, Elevate SunShot Awardee

Solar Ready with STEP



In an effort to…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on May 25, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

My Favorite Announcement of the Year

Each year, Habitat X engages in a search for up-and-coming young professionals in the home performance industry. We take applications from individuals who are less than 40 years old, and we ask them to iterate a focused vision of an industry future that we think is far-reaching but plausible. We then choose one person from among these applicants who is poised to make important…

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Added by Chris Dorsi on May 24, 2016 at 7:26pm — 1 Comment

The “Biggest Loser:” Michigan Multifamily Building Upgraded by Elevate Energy and Partners Wins 2015 MI Battle of the Buildings

A 15 year-old affordable housing development in downtown Ionia, Michigan won the 2015 Michigan Battle of the Buildings energy saving competition for apartments.  Building upgrades and subsequent systems optimization to the 39-unit complex were completed in April 2015. Through March 2016, these upgrades have cut gas…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on April 29, 2016 at 8:37am — No Comments

Home Energy Efficiency Round-Up, May--It Can Be Easy Being Green

The Green Premium: A Meta-Analysis

A new…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on May 3, 2016 at 7:44am — 1 Comment

What’s the difference between VRV and VRF?

Many people who ask this question, mistakenly interpret it as 2 different HVAC technologies. Actually, those are two different terms for the same type of HVAC technology. Based on Inverter technology compressors, the first VRV HVAC …

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Added by Igor Mitbarg on May 8, 2016 at 6:10am — No Comments

Building Rainwater Harvesting Systems

Rainwater harvesting is a system which requires a two-step process. The two major events in rainwater harvesting are catchment and storage. The first hurdle is developing an adequate method of collection. Once the rain is collected, a proper and large storage system is required. The complexity and size can vary dramatically. The simplest methods involve the rerouting of gutters into an above ground rain barrel up to a complex system of catchment dishes, filters, pumps, ponds and…

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Added by GBRI on March 24, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

Better Buildings Accelerators: Driving Uptake of Home Energy Information and Upgrade Programs Nationwide

The U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program and Home Energy Information Accelerators work with partners across the nation and are making important progress in lowering the costs of energy upgrade programs, while improving overall program effectiveness and enhancing access to information on home energy performance for consumers. These efforts help…

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Added by Lester Shen on March 17, 2016 at 7:52am — No Comments

Energy Raters and Builders Raise the Bar for Home Performance at RESNET’s Building Performance Conference

RESNET convened its Building Performance Conference in Scottsdale this March, a hospitable time of year in the Arizona desert. I roamed the sessions, and a few of the bars, to keep abreast of developments in home energy rating and performance. 

2016 PRIORITIES: IMPROVING QUALITY AND LOWERING COSTS OF HOME BUILDING 

The many young attendees wearing new company jerseys at this year’s conference were a sign that the energy-rating business, at least for new homes,…

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Added by Tom White on April 25, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Energy Fit: Engaging Consumer Experiences That Lead to Better Energy Habits

Fitness wearables inspire people to change; to exercise more in order to meet their daily goals. These sophisticated gadgets gather previously untapped data about our everyday lives to give us a better understanding of ourselves – otherwise known as the “quantified self.”

Like fitness wearables, exposing how we’re using energy can unlock our collective potential to reduce our electricity bills and our…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 6, 2016 at 10:28am — 1 Comment

Increasing Home Value Through Energy Upgrades

It turns out that one of the most valuable remodeling options is one you can’t see. That’s the conclusion of the recent Cost vs. Value Report by Remodeling magazine, which compares the average cost for popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale value in 100 different U.S. markets. For…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 6, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Addison Homes Wins Bridge Award for Green Building

Addison Homes won the Southern Home & Garden Bridge Award for Green Building for the third consecutive year.

Produced by the Home Builders Association of Greenville and the Sales & Marketing…

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Added by Michelle Usher on March 23, 2016 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Living in the Age of Jetsons (minus flying cars)

Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/

In the early 1960s, "The Jetsons" treated TV audiences to a cartoon future filled with jetpacks, flying cars, and helpful robot maids named Rosie... Swap Rosie for Alexa, and 50 years later we're edging closer and closer to realizing that colorful vision…

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Added by Lester Shen on March 28, 2016 at 8:45am — No Comments

Free Electricity

A curious situation has recently arisen in electricity grids around the world: The wholesale price of electricity has occasionally gone negative. This means that the market will pay customers to use electricity. The grid in Texas experienced negative prices last September. Soon afterward, a Texan retail electricity provider—not to be confused with a utility—began offering residential…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 10, 2016 at 8:29pm — No Comments

Truly Reality TV: Finding the Right Time and Place for Home Energy Performance

Originally published on Feb. 22, 2016 on RMI Outlet.

By Douglas Miller (Rocky Mountain Institute) & Laura Reiter (Cineflix)…

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Added by Douglas Miller on February 22, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Who among us tracks the accuracy of Manual J?

Who among us tracks the accuracy of Manual J?

I have hour meters on maybe 20 systems now.    I like to see the run time when it's "4" degrees in Kansas City.  99% rate in KC is +4' degrees.  My goal at 4' is 100% run time.   I have a super sealed home 2,100 square feet  with a 2 ton ground type heat pump R-30 walls, R-60 attic, R-8 windows & doors with 98% run time @ "+ 4' ".  When the strip heat turned on, it smelled up the home with the dirt  off the 5 KW strip, heat…

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Added by Eric Kjelshus on February 27, 2016 at 8:06pm — 4 Comments

Home Energy Efficiency, Meet Real Estate: A 2015 Year in Review and a Forecast for the Future

A lot is happening at the intersection of residential energy efficiency and real estate.

First, let us set the scene. Elevate Energy and others have long recognized a specific challenge: When homeowners invest in improving the energy efficiency of their home and property, these measures are often…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on February 25, 2016 at 10:05am — 1 Comment

Texas' Five-Star Butterfly and Hummingbird Retreat

[This blog is cross-posted from Home Energy Magazine.]

By Doug Garrett

When we built our new home 50 miles from Austin on 21+ acres we made the decision to have all of our indoor water come from harvested rainwater and to make our flower gardens bigger than they were at our first country…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 16, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Well-Built Dumb Home

Well-Built Dumb Home

  • One of the smartest things ever said about building a new home, was about something dumb:…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 17, 2016 at 5:45am — 4 Comments

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