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    Building Resilient to Withstand Hurricanes

“Concrete homes and safe rooms are a proven way to keep people safe during a high wind storm,” said Donn Thompson, senior director of market development at PCA. “These resilient buildings not only provide safety, but peace of mind when the next…


Added by Karen Eppright on April 7, 2016 at 12:30pm — No 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…


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

What To Consider When Investing In Tier 1 Solar Panels

Homeowners in Tampa are keen on investing in solar power for a couple of years now. Thanks to the natural and abundant sunshine, the city's residents are leveraging it to cut back on power bills as well as to reduce their carbon footprint. With electricity bills skyrocketing, homeowners have now realized the importance of investing in solar power. If you are looking for solar solutions…


Added by Olivia Taylor on February 16, 2016 at 4:20am — No Comments

Dust Collector Energy Cost

From the view of energy consumption, a dust collector is considered as high energy used. A variety of factors that affects to the electrical consumption of the dust collector system such as: the power of motors, the board timers… The largest part which consumed most energy is electrical load integrated with the fan or blower for air moving.

There are several tips that…


Added by Eric Johnson on January 6, 2016 at 5:35am — No Comments

Consider the Environment Before Building a New Home

In today’s society, a key concern is clean, renewable energy and being energy efficient. This expands to many facets of life as we learn the dangerous effects of greenhouse gases and harmful emissions. Although it’s common to think of emissions via vehicles and factories, your home is no different. That’s why it’s important to be mindful of these same energy considerations when you’re ready to build your new home.



Added by Tim Cohen on December 5, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

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 — 4 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 — 4 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

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