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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 — 2 Comments

Energy Ambassadors: Cuba and Vermont

Last winter i had the pleasure of hosting a Cuban colleague for a week in Vermont. We toured the state's most interesting energy related sites and shared cultural perspectives. A few years earlier, Mario co-hosted an energy professionals group I toured with in Cuba. I like to think of us as Energy Ambassadors. It's a great story, but only the first chapter has been written!…


Added by Paul Scheckel on October 6, 2015 at 5:11am — No Comments

5 Appliances that will Save You Money and Energy

In today’s day and age, it is not enough to simply talk about renewable energy or praise the initiatives that have been stemming up to establish solar power or wind power as suitable alternatives. We must help by coming up with ways to encourage energy conservation in buildings and energy efficient buildings in India.

We can do this by identifying several areas in which we can reduce our energy…


Added by Daina Martin on October 5, 2015 at 5:58am — 1 Comment

Top 6 Energy Efficient Brands for Gas Furnace and Boiler

Everyone wants to install the best brands of HVAC. Following are the top 6 energy efficient brands you may want to know about, before you contact a heating contractor.

  1. Amana

Gas furnaces can be termed as efficient, only if their annual utilization is a minimum of 78 rating. But modern furnaces like…


Added by SmithWatson on October 1, 2015 at 12:01am — 2 Comments

Air Sealing and Insulation Joins the Cost Versus Value Study

It’s really nice when hard work pays off.

As part of the collaborative efforts of the Value for High Performance Homes Campaign, we were able to get an energy efficiency measure – air sealing and insulation – added to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost versus Value study. This matters because it legitimizes a valuable, low-cost, and manageable home improvement project which home…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 17, 2015 at 9:38am — No Comments

At PlugFest, Energy Efficiency Plays Well With Real Estate

If you haven’t heard, there’s a lot happening right now at the intersection of home energy performance and real estate.

Let’s set the scene first. As you may have experienced, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort,…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 8, 2015 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Want to Lead a Breakout Session at RaterFest! 2015?

We are adding something new to RaterFest! this year... attendee led breakout sessions on Saturday afternoon. 

Have something that you'd like to lead a discussion on?  Comment your topic idea below!  

If yours is chosen, we'll give you a space on-site and 45 minutes to discuss your ideas with other energy professionals.…


Added by Hannah Finch on August 27, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

2015 IECC Updates Help Homebuyers Make Informed Purchases

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) constantly evolves to meet current energy efficiency needs. Over the years new requirements have been added to the IECC to make it stricter and increase overall energy efficiency of buildings. Some states are resistant to these changes, and some choose not to adopt an IECC at all. In fact, of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 10 either haven’t adopted an IECC, or are operating under a code older than the 2006 IECC, according to the…


Added by Kim Tanner on August 27, 2015 at 7:47am — No Comments

The Better Blower Door Test for Multifamily Energy Code

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, 

I've been thinking about the topic of multifamily blower door tests for a while, and I want to get your opinion. This is an article that I wanted to publish in Home Energy Magazine but I thought it would be better to get up sooner. It's about energy code language regarding blower door testing. When I was at Steven Winter Associates, the NY State Codes Council asked for advice about blower door testing language, so that's where this originates. I hope you…


Added by Sean Maxwell on August 27, 2015 at 12:24am — 3 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

What air conditioner filters work best?

When it comes to keeping your HVAC system maintained, nothing is more important or easier than making sure your filters get changed out every month or two.  Dirty, neglected filters have real affects on your AC system that end up costing you more in repairs and early replacement down the road than if they were changed regularly. 

When the air filter gets dirty it becomes restrictive to airflow passing through it, so your…


Added by David Byrnes on August 24, 2015 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Do you know your boiler is about to Blowdown! Save it!

As winters knock on the doors, the use of boilers is stretched to its extreme limit, ensuring proper warmth in the house. Thus, it is imperative that the boiler is repaired and maintained on a regular basis. This will ensure that when the winter season is at its peak, the boiler works in the perfect condition and there is no breaking down instances. This will help the residents of a house to be prepared to face harsh winters. Moreover, proper maintenance will ensure appropriate fuel bills.…


Added by SmithWatson on August 5, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Retrofitting TV and Radio Stations in Chicago

We recently shared this story on the Elevate Energy blog. Public television station WTTW is a local favorite in Chicago. Alongside our partners, we helped upgrade the lighting and energy efficiency at their production studios. Read more about the expected savings and how the improvements benefit both the station crew and audience.

Making Chicago’s WTTW and WFMT More Energy Efficient…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on July 30, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

How to Use Landscape Architecture to Make Your Home Energy Efficient

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There are two reasons why residential home owners evaluate energy efficient options. The…


Added by Greg Hannah on July 27, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

The Roadmap To 100% Renewable comes with a $12trn pricetag

Fossil fuels are expected to run out by 2088, so within the next 40 years, everyone will need to switch to clean energy to sustain increasing demands. Luckily one of the first countries with a plan on how renewable will materialize is the United States.

Stanford University scientist Mark Jacobson developed a …


Added by Avi Yashchin on July 21, 2015 at 11:32am — No Comments


Sustainable Energi Solutions

The biggest errors occur in modeling estimates of…


Added by Bijou Lulla on July 8, 2015 at 1:18am — 5 Comments

TEC is hiring!

The Energy Conservatory (TEC) has an immediate opening for a full-time Customer Service/Technical Support Representative.  Located in Minneapolis, MN, TEC designs and manufactures high quality performance testing tools  that are used to make buildings more efficient, healthy and durable.  TEC products and software are used extensively in the weatherization, HVAC, and home building industries to diagnose building performance problems and to certify in-field system…


Added by Kim Tanner on June 26, 2015 at 8:19am — No Comments

New Florida Building Code Takes Effect June 30

The International Code Council and the Florida Building Commission announced significant changes to the Florida Building Building Codes that will result in safer, sustainable buildings and homes. The updated Florida Building Codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application date of June 30, 2015 or later.

Now available, the …


Added by Everblue Training on June 24, 2015 at 11:01am — No Comments

Building a New Pool - Should I Install a Solar Pool Heater?

While few people will swim in the bad month or two we have where night temperatures approach freezing, many people expect to swim in their new pool year-round. When building a new pool your pool builder will inevitably as you how you want to heat it. Even here in Southwest Florida, pool heating is necessary to maximize your swimming…


Added by Jason Szumlanski on June 12, 2015 at 5:59am — No Comments

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