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Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home!

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home

This is the home.


This is the hole that Sparky (electrician) "innocently" made to feed a wire to the light on the front porch of the High Performance Bungalow. I discovered it a day or two after our home performance diagnostics team, Carl Seville and Abe Kruger, of SK…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on November 24, 2015 at 6:08am — No Comments

7 Safety Tips for Home Heating Systems

It's quite impossible to survive during those chilly winter nights without a proper home heating system. After all, this is what keeps you comfortable during those days when the temperature takes a dip. Quite unfortunately, most of the home fires occur due to malfunctioning of the heating systems. At times, this also occurs due to a fire triggered by a heating system that hasn’t been maintained properly. This is why it's advisable to keep the home heating system in a sound condition, in…


Added by SmithWatson on October 29, 2015 at 5:12am — No Comments

Addison Home’s Third Net Zero Energy Home Featured in ‘Upstate Under Construction’

Addison Homes’ third Net Zero Energy Home project made the pages of GSA Business Journal's “Upstate Under Construction,” a quarterly feature on architecture, engineering and construction that spotlights economic expansion across the region. …


Added by Diane Jackson on October 13, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments

Addison Homes Wins Housing Innovation Award

Addison Homes traveled to the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference & Expo in Denver this week to pick up the 2015 HOUSING INNOVATION AWARD from the U.S. Department of Energy. This award recognizes the…


Added by Diane Jackson on October 9, 2015 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Building Science is Worthless...

Building Science is Worthless...

Thousands of hours went in this construction detail. When we factor all the time spent by building science engineers, from all over the world,…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on August 25, 2015 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality

I was called in to perform a last minute duct test for a modular home builder.  He was all in a dither to have a duct test and a blower door test done on a Friday so that he could get his Certificate of Occupancy (CO) so the homeowner could move in the following Monday.  He said that he’d just found out that he needed these tests.  The building inspector asked for them at the last minute!

I was glad to do it partially because it’s good to have builders aware of what is going on…


Added by Paul Raymer on April 27, 2015 at 5:24am — 22 Comments

Energy Tips - Fresh Look at Heating and Cooling the Home

Understanding how heat is transferred from the outside into your home and from your home to your body is vital for understanding the challenge of keeping your house cool. Understanding the processes that facilitate keep your body cool is vital in understanding cooling ways for your home.…


Added by Crosbey Archery on February 3, 2015 at 1:31am — No Comments

Lessons from Energy Efficiency Advisors: Getting Homeowners Onboard with Home Performance

Homeowners are often aware of the different problems they experience in their homes: uncomfortable rooms, high utility bills, poor indoor air quality, etc. However, homeowners are generally unfamiliar with the concept of Home Performance, the Whole House approach, and how energy efficiency upgrades can address these concerns. We regularly hear these stories and find that by listening, asking the right questions, educating, and providing guidance, we can help homeowners feel…


Added by Scott Mellberg on July 16, 2014 at 10:29am — 13 Comments

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Releases Sponsor Guide and Reference Manual v1.5

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Sponsor Guide and Reference Manual (v1.5) (Sponsor Guide), a technical operations guide for the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program.

First conceptually introduced at the 2012 ACI National Home Performance conference in Baltimore, Md., the Sponsor Guide is the result of more than…


Added by Cortney Krauss on March 19, 2014 at 10:55am — No Comments

Michigan GreenStar’s First Certified Remodel in Grand Rapids shows 50% energy reduction

Being the Executive Director at an organization that promotes and trains on residential green building, Brett Little decided  to put his money where his mouth was and commit to green remodeling in his first house purchase. Brett and his wife Laura wanted to commit to the up and coming city of Grand Rapids Michigan, which was easy to do with all the past few years of recognition and grow (Most sustainable mid sized city, beer city usa 12′ and 13′, top ten place to find a job, most LEED…


Added by Brett Little on July 26, 2013 at 11:02am — 1 Comment

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

Things are really moving along on the Proud Green…


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

Energy Saving Domestic Flour Mill

Since Oct. 2012, maize prices impacted via a series of things like executive policy improve, maize storage, and provide, stay emerging in Jilin province, the biggest commercial crop manufacturing base in China. Outbreak of month and windstorm impacted provide of maize and also accelerate expected maize value. Many maize processing apparatus suppliers complain in regards to the emerging price and insufficient maize provide. Farmer suffered from month and windstorm mentioned that they needed…


Added by catherinegreen on March 26, 2013 at 2:38am — No Comments

How the Sequester will Impact the Home Energy Efficiency Industry

By Johnny Ritzo

Originally Posted at Efficiency Law Review


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…


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

MEEA assists with Home Energy Certification programs

The following post was written by MEEA Program Manager Will Baker

Currently, The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is assisting the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy (MDNR-DE) in facilitating a stakeholder process to develop a state-specific voluntary home energy certification program. Previously, MEEA completed similar tasks for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) as a…


Added by Andrew Navolio on February 14, 2013 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

September a Milestone Month for Illinois Home Performance

Illinois Home Performance has had an exciting month and the program is pleased to announce that it has reached the following milestones:

* MEEA, on behalf of DCEO, is seeking applications for training providers for its Building Science Training Series (BSTS) classes in program year 2012-13. Courses in this year’s BSTS will educate Illinois contractors about the technical and business aspects of the home performance industry and will provide BPI CEUs to…


Added by Andrew Navolio on October 22, 2012 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Joliet couple first in county to get energy conservation home certification

The following post was written by Julie Johnson with Journatic News Service.  The original publishing of the story can be read here

(Office of Will County Executive Larry Walsh,…


Added by Andrew Navolio on July 6, 2012 at 10:00am — 3 Comments

How to Market Your Home Performance Business in the Summer

Reposted from the Energy Circle blog --

We hear from residential energy efficiency pros around the country that spring and summer are particularly challenging times for their…


Added by Johnny Ritzo on June 14, 2012 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Merry Christmas to all!

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a cool draft was freezing, to wake up the mouse.

The owner called a contractor with knowledge so rare,

In hopes that great comfort soon would be there. 

The children were nestled all snug in their bed,

With nary a cough or a cold in their heads.

And Momma in her Kerchief and I in my cap

Had just settled down for a long winters nap. 

When from my neighbor there a rose such a…


Added by Pat Dundon on December 17, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Steve Jobs's Lessons for the Home Performance Industry

Mac vs PC Home performance is to Apple as standard building practices are to the generic PC industry. We, the adherents to the whole house, high quality approach to assessing and managing the performance of homes, are Apple. The standard, old school, business-as-usual approach to building and renovating homes is the rest of the computer industry.

This idea got seeded after reading James Stewart's article,…


Added by Peter Troast on October 11, 2011 at 2:00pm — 2 Comments

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