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Common acronyms and definitions

The building science and home performance industry is full of confusing acronyms. These acronyms are used a lot in articles, blog posts. social media posts, webinars, conference sessions, etc. To help you, we have compiled a list of some of the more popular acronyms you’re likely to hear or read.

ABAA – Air Barrier Association of America

The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) was incorporated in Massachusetts in 2001 and consists of…

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Added by Kim Tanner on September 14, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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,…

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

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Added by SmithWatson on August 5, 2015 at 2:30am — 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…

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

Five Types of Solar Solutions for Homes in Tampa

Smart home owners know solar energy offers an economical power source with obvious environmental benefits, but the upfront cost of buying and installing a system keep many away from adopting this new technology. Tampa, however, is a city that has whole-heartedly adopted solar power and is doing everything to realize its full potential. Solar companies in Tampa are therefore offering a number of solutions for not just big commercial houses but also individual to fit every budget, thus…

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Added by Olivia Taylor on June 10, 2015 at 2:30am — No Comments

Some Useful Information about Furnace Air Filters

There is not much we can do about the air pollution outside of a house in Ottawa, Canada, but we can do something about the air pollution in your home, emanating from your furnace and air conditioning systems. It does not matter if you live in Montreal, Gatineau Canada, Mississauga or the GTA, OttawaFurnaceFilters.ca has you covered to help you breathe clean air, wild paying less at wholesale prices.

If you are looking for…

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Added by Ottawa Furnace Filters on May 21, 2015 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

Say Good Bye to Toxic Emission with Rooftop Solar Panel Installation

In a machine-driven, machine dependent world, power is the basic need. Power outage can bring all the activities to a grinding halt. Solar energy can provide a solid power boost to the bustling cities like Tampa, while helping the households and commercial establishments to reduce their carbon footprints.…

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Added by Olivia Taylor on April 24, 2015 at 2:58am — No Comments

Security Issues in Home Energy Management Systems

The budding trend of home automation is something that many homeowners are excited to experience. Home automation is essentially the use of one or more computers to regulate home functions and some features can be managed remotely using an app. Also known as a smart home, home automation often includes controlling lights, appliances, heating/cooling units, power,…

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Added by Tim Cohen on March 30, 2015 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Green Premium - Price Bump for Green Homes & Schrödinger’s Cat

A valuation premium for green homes and energy efficiency is a lot like Schrödinger’s cat, says a new study released by the Colorado Energy Office.  If…

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Added by Melissa Baldridge on March 14, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Phoenix solar home sales by Zip Code for Jan-Sept 2014

From January 1, 2014 to September 30, 2014, several areas saw significant solar home sales when compared to the other areas of the Phoenix area.  The top five zip codes were:

  1. Goodyear (85338) with 40 solar home sales
  2. Peoria (85383) with 39 solar home sales
  3. Sun City West (85375) with 32 solar home sales
  4. Laveen (85339) with 22 solar home sales
  5. Buckeye (85396) with 22 solar home sales

During this time, there were a total of 809…

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Added by Rob Madden on November 12, 2014 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Phoenix Solar Home Sales Are Flat in October 2014

Phoenix solar home sales were up 2 percent in the month of October but the news is not all rosy, according to data from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS).

In October 2014, there were a total of 102 solar home sales, 44 solar homes had a solar lease while the other 58 homes had an owned solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the roof. October returned to the…

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Added by Rob Madden on November 3, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Phoenix 3rd Quarter Solar Resale Statistics Continue to Impress

Phoenix solar home sales were up during the third quarter of 2014, including the resale of homes with a solar lease and solar owned systems on the roofs, according to the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS).  For the months of July, August, and September, there were a total of 289 Phoenix area homes that had either a leased or owned solar system, up 3.2 percent from the second quarter of 2014.

Solar leases made a large gain during the quarter as they accounted for 48…

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Added by Rob Madden on October 24, 2014 at 11:08am — 1 Comment

Aeroseal Acquires Comfort Institute

"It’s a strong move for both companies and it’s a stronger mover for the industry as a whole.”

That coming from the EPA’s Chandler von Shrader after he got the news of the merger between these two leaders in Home Performance.

Aeroseal’s acquisition of Comfort…

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Added by Brad Brenner on October 7, 2014 at 10:37am — No Comments

Why Is RESNET Limiting Its Options for Improvement?

In case you haven't heard, last year RESNET created a task force to look at ways to improve the consistency of results among certified home energy raters (aka HERS raters). In mid-August, executive director Steve Baden sent an email about the latest developments in the process. He also attached a document titled…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on October 2, 2014 at 11:34am — No Comments

Phoenix Solar Home Sales Jump in September

The number of solar home sales in Phoenix jumped 13.6 percent from the previous month, according to data from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS).

In September, there were a total of 100 solar home sales, 51 were homes with a solar lease while the other 49 were homes that the owner owned the solar photovoltaic (PV) system. This…

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Added by Rob Madden on October 1, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Phoenix Solar Home Sales Continue to Outperform

Phoenix solar home sales continued to outperform the resale market in the Phoenix area, according to data from the Arizona Regional Multiple Listing Service (ARMLS).

In August, there were a total of 88 solar home sales, 39 were homes with a solar lease while the other 49 were homes that the owner owned the solar photovoltaic (PV) system.  The median price for a solar home in the Phoenix area in August was $245,375, 25 percent higher than the median price for a home in Phoenix…

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Added by Rob Madden on September 30, 2014 at 11:33am — No Comments

Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky, Especially their Capacity

Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky and Still Effective

The name "mini-splits" generally refers to heat pump systems with one outdoor unit and one or several smaller capacity air handlers. The efficiency of their operation comes via the inverter compressor and variable refrigerant…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on September 17, 2014 at 1:32pm — 6 Comments

Assessing long-term PV performance in a low-energy home

Zero Energy Home Friends,

My daily PV output from a 6.56 kW PV system has averaged 22.7 kWh/day over the last two years.

kWh= AC kWh from inverter to grid

irrday= cumulative kWh/m2/day plane of array

pvptmp= array temperature (F) taken on back on one of the modules

obs= elapsed…

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Added by Danny S. Parker on August 17, 2014 at 12:55am — No Comments

Off-the-Shelf – LEED & National Green Building Standard as Residential Building Code

Cities grafting green-building certifications like LEED into commercial building codes is nothing new, and a number of places like Dallas, Atlanta, Boston and Scottsdale have had such requirements in place for a decade or more.

 

What’s happening now is that cities are doing likewise with…

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Added by Melissa Baldridge on June 14, 2014 at 5:43pm — 1 Comment

Hitting the Sweet Spot - The Intersection of Energy Efficiency, Home Performance and Health

Greetings:

This is my first post, so please forgive the lengthy background. Thanks for allowing my participation. 

I operate the Healthy House Institute (HHI) and the Healthy Facilities Institute but entered green, healthy home education through the "backdoor" of facility cleaning.

Having cleaned buildings (or supervised cleaning)…

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Added by Allen Rathey on May 20, 2014 at 4:52pm — No Comments

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