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CO in Attached Garages

On two separate Quality Assurance site visits in the past two weeks I've detected elevated levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO) coming from attached garages. I was a bit surprised at this since neither garage contained a car - let alone any active source of combustion. So I did some digging and came up with this great resource from Iowa State on the topic. From my reading of…

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Added by Nick Helmholdt on April 15, 2013 at 12:14pm — 2 Comments

Learning Thermostat - a huge impact on Energy Savings

Ok, I have had a couple programmable thermostats in the past... But, once again about 11 months ago I was doing my weekly (sometimes daily) stroll through the neighborhood 'big-box' home improvement store and back in the back past the garden section there is this little…

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Added by Dale Stephens on March 28, 2013 at 6:30am — 32 Comments

Why do we have Sizing Limits?

There are not as many contractors out there as you would expect that are current with the most recent, and always updating, residential building code.  Particularly when it comes to the sizing limitations for HVAC equipment, most contractors consider this minimum requirement by law nothing more than a nuisance.  There is nothing more frustrating to see in a quality control role than a system that was sold, sized, and installed prior to the start of the system design process.  Completing a…

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Added by Christopher Morin on March 31, 2013 at 11:07am — 10 Comments

Do No Harm

Before BPI Certification, this problem probably would not have been noticed or understood. The home occupants were a 96 year old woman and her elderly & disabled son.…

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Added by Guy DuBois on March 13, 2013 at 2:10pm — 2 Comments

Opportunity to Participate in Multifamily Housing Job Task Analyses

The announcement below highlights a very exciting opportunity in the multifamily housing industry. We still have a need for more Multifamily Building Operator applicants. Specifically, we are seeking individuals who have experience with multifamily buildings in the following capacities:

  • Oversight and management of third-party contractors for equipment maintenance, repair, and installation
  • Tenant engagement through apartment inspections and management of…
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Added by Steve Lommele on March 19, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Electric Generators: Disaster Preparedness or Preparing a Disaster?

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

 

Some energy efficiency improvements can create safety concerns, so our…

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Added by Lester Shen on March 25, 2013 at 9:00am — 3 Comments

LED Lighting, 6-month update

Background

Ok, back in November 2012 I stumbled into my local 'big-box' home improvement store with an extra $1,000 USD to burn and without any research or pre-planning I purchased 35 LED bulbs to replace my incandescent and CFL bulbs. I was way tired of continually replacing a couple CFLs time and time again and the 25,000-50,000 hours of lifetime sparked my interest and put a $1K hole in my wallet. At a burn time average of 3-hours per day that is 22-45 years of…

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Added by Dale Stephens on March 26, 2013 at 7:30am — 23 Comments

Installing Ducted Mini-Splits and ERV in Modern High Performance Home

Things are really moving along on the Proud Green…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on March 26, 2013 at 11:18am — 15 Comments

Designing A Perfect Residential Wall - Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia has a reputation for getting pretty darn hot, but it can also get pretty dang cold (No snickering from you Northerners, please!). Believe it or not, Atlantans use more energy to heat their homes than they do to cool them. The design temperature set by …

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on March 6, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

How the Sequester will Impact the Home Energy Efficiency Industry



By Johnny Ritzo

Originally Posted at Efficiency Law Review

Introduction

There has been considerable speculation about how the mandatory budget cuts, known as the sequester, will impact key government functions beginning March 1, 2013.  Primary concern has focused…

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Added by Johnny Ritzo on February 28, 2013 at 9:51am — 1 Comment

Home Energy and the Fracking Dividend

Most of us will agree that it’s technically feasible to build homes that consume dramatically less energy than today’s typical home. And in most locations we can build a home that draws net zero energy from the utility. But it’s economics that makes us hesitate. Specifically, it’s the value of those energy savings. Can the additional investment be offset by anticipated reductions in energy costs? It’s the same thing for retrofits of existing homes: Do the lower energy bills justify the…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 1, 2013 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

Market Segmentation

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

 

Today when you search Google or browse items on amazon.com,…

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Added by Lester Shen on February 25, 2013 at 8:30am — No Comments

The New Granite is...Siding! Really?

My friends in energy efficiency have been patiently waiting for granite to fall out of favor as the sexiest way to improve your home, and add value when you…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on February 19, 2013 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment

PassivHaus – Is it the Future of Home Building?



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The idea of energy efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions is not a new one. But it is one we are hearing more and more about in recent times. and when it comes to reducing energy, the name PassivHaus can…

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Added by Lenka Rihova on February 19, 2013 at 7:30am — 30 Comments

Mapping the Market Triggers for an Efficiency Tipping Point

We've been talking about Market Transformation of energy efficiency for a long time.  And the home sale transaction has been long viewed as a lever that can…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on February 12, 2013 at 7:51pm — 2 Comments

14 Design Don’ts for High Performance Homes

There are a lot of ways to design a home. Designing one for high…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 14, 2013 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

15 ways to meet Obama's energy-saving challenge to the nation

1. Plug the Leaks!

2. Install a better thermostat.

3. Replace your lightbulbs.

4. Buy Energystar!

5. Reduce your hot water use.

6. Find 10 more ways on your own.

Remember what he said Tuesday night: Let's cut in half the energy wasted by our homes and businesses over the next 20 years, or else!

Added by Tom DelConte on February 14, 2013 at 10:21am — 3 Comments

Commit to advance the "State of the Union for Green Value"!

It's State of the Union time, and another union worth looking at is the state of value for high performance homes (HPH).  The image below shows how value comes…

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Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on February 15, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The Night the Lights Went Out In New Orleans

When the lights went out at the New Orleans Superdome during the Super Bowl last month, I was strangely reminded of a little known religious ceremony of the Catholic Church. The ceremony is called Tenebrae, from the Latin for “darkness” or “shadows”. It takes place late on Holy Thursday, when…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on February 15, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Cleaning and Replacing The Condenser Fan in Refrigerators

Strange noises emanating from the refrigerator really upsets clients. In addition to the noise, the refrigerator feels warm to the touch. We get these calls often for refrigerator…

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Added by Carlos Hazbun on February 8, 2013 at 1:08pm — No Comments

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