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How Rising Gasoline Prices can Teach us to Conserve Energy at Home

So the price of gas is hovering near $4.00 a gallon again.  Have you noticed a change in your driving habits?  More people are choosing to stay home over driving long distances for vacation.  They’re also combining trips to multiple locations to get more things done all at once and if they forget to stop at one,…


Added by Jon LaMonte on July 25, 2011 at 5:51pm — 1 Comment

Design, circa 1997

At a job site meeting this past week, our newest design clients handed Abe a small pile of dog-eared, marked-up “inspiration” magazines. They contained pictures and ideas collected by the homeowners, and demonstrated their affection for clean lines, neutral colors, and a judicious use of space. …


Added by Cara Luecht on May 20, 2011 at 10:50am — 1 Comment

Three Simple Acts That Can Make A Difference


This past April 22nd was Earth Day 2011, and it's official theme was A Billion Acts of Green. The basic idea is that, if at least a billion of us each pledged to perform some relatively simple “act of green”, we’d all be that much closer to a greener, more sustainable world. Here are examples of three simple, relatively low cost (lightweight, if you…


Added by John Poole on May 5, 2011 at 1:39pm — No Comments

No Carts Before Horses - Design for Energy Efficiency Early

My recent visit to Savannah for the USGBC's green product expo charged up my historic preservation bug and got me to thinking about how to apply building science to historic buildings.

Most of us that have ever lived in, owned, or even just visited a historic home…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on May 4, 2011 at 4:30am — No Comments

Willowside Rd., Day 10, part 2

OK, I'm back from getting the dimensions of Doe's house, enter all the information into EnergyPro, and do an initial calculation. It looks like the house as it is has a HERS of 147, which means that the model predicts that it will use about one and a half times as much energy as a 'reference home', which is this exact same home if it was built to today's energy code requirements and has by definition a HERS of 100. 147 is not too bad but way above what we want. Let's see if we can get it below… Continue

Added by David Willson on April 25, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Why I Love My Job

We all go through transitions in our lives.  One of the biggest is choosing or changing a profession.  As I mentioned in previous entries, my background for the previous 9 years was doing class action and warranty inspections on residential building products.  This meant I became keenly…


Added by Jon LaMonte on April 21, 2011 at 6:47am — 6 Comments

Innovative Training Strategy

Building Efficiency Resources is offering Energy Star v3 training online and in 2-hour sessions that are presented outside regular working hours. This approach saves travel expenses, preserves your work day, and allows you to absorb the material in manageable segments.…


Added by Ed Voytovich on March 15, 2011 at 5:51pm — No Comments

Building Science Proven by the Bug Man

A buddy of mine, Dennis, that’s an exterminator called me the other day while I was standing in Home Depot.  “Jon, I’ve got a problem and I need some of your building science expertise.” The problem he was having was being caused by some granules he had put down to repel some flying squirrels.  The granules…


Added by Jon LaMonte on February 21, 2011 at 6:02pm — 2 Comments

The New Rules of Home Improvement

Many homeowners are beginning to recognize the higher standards that are being demanded from home improvement contractors.The new rules of certification, accreditation and independent verification have complemented well the old ways of selecting a contractor so that the two establish a benchmark that bodes well for the professional perception of the industry. It is not a coincidence that in 2010 credentialing and training organizations have achieved their highest…


Added by David Allen on January 27, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Through prediction or performance, how do we meet our energy challenges?

Henry Gifford, a mechanical systems designer and principal at Gifford Fuel Saving, Inc. in New York City, is suing the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for millions of dollars. Gifford, in the class action suit, claims that the USGBC has committed fraud in the selling of its Leadership in Energy Efficient Design (LEED) program, and has unfairly kept work away from people like him who are not involved in the program. (Photo of Henry Gifford by Travis Roozee.)…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on December 9, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Renewable Energy Discussion on Arts Alive, etc!

Here is the audio from a radio show I did on 98.5 FM The Cat in Catskill, NY.

I appologize in advance for the horribly lo-tech slideshow!


Here's Part… Continue

Added by Mark Richardson on December 7, 2010 at 5:53am — No Comments

Home Energy's associate editor gets published in the ASTM's "Standardization News"

In a shameless bit of self-promotion, I am excited to announce that me and my colleague-on-ground, Kevin Rowell were picked up by the ASTM's "Standardization News" in an article about the potential of re-introducing the vernacular building styles into Haiti's post-disaster housing crisis.

The article, entitled "Taking the Long View in… Continue

Added by Leslie Jackson on November 17, 2010 at 4:34pm — 1 Comment

Charging Stations for Electric Cars: Forming the future

As charging stations for electric cars become more widespread so will the use of electric vehicles. But the future is not based solely on building these charging stations for electric cars, rather on the advanced technology employed in them.

Smart charging for millions of cars

Charging stations for electric cars offer multiple charging possibilities to vehicles throughout the whole day. In many charging stations for electric cars today you simply plug in and begin to…


Added by James E. Ragland on October 23, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

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