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


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)…


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

Everyone Knows You Except for Your Electric Utility

Netflix, you were right. I liked Downton Abbey. And thanks, Amazon I do want to read Michael Lewis’ new book. I still can’t figure out how Google knows I have a new dog.

Even if at times it feels a bit eerie, such ‘consumer-of-one’ marketing is a convenience many of us have come to appreciate. And it’s an approach now embraced by most major retailers.

The exception? You’ve guessed it: the ever-old fashioned electric utility.



Added by Elisa Wood on May 10, 2014 at 1:19am — 3 Comments

New Air Tightness Record in Ontario (Dare I say Canada?)

It happened again yesterday: a new record (tell me if you know of a tighter house in Ontario if not Canada!) for air tightness was broken in Oakville by Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) Ed Marion of Passive House Ontario.

And this was just a pre-drywall test, so it can only get better from here.…


Added by Greg Labbe on May 6, 2014 at 1:51pm — 5 Comments

Home Energy Efficiency Now Recognized by Appraisers

The Appraisal Institute has developed a Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum. The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum is the first residential energy efficiency appraisal report addendum developed by appraisers, for use by appraisers when appropriate. This report evaluates items of high performance housing for consideration by appraisers.

Measuring the Value of Home Energy Efficiency

The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum will serve as a tool for…


Added by Everblue Training on April 30, 2014 at 5:39am — No 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

How to Help Appraisers Fairly Value Home Energy Efficiency Improvements

In 2013, we published a blueprint with the National Home Performance Council that outlines a seven-step…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on March 6, 2014 at 9:49am — 10 Comments

Green Stamps - Real Estate Investor Sells "Green-and-Flips" for More

Real estate investor Kassi Pelley had bought and sold a number of “fix-and-flip” homes in metro Denver when she fell down the rabbit hole of green building and certifications.  She’s gotten a price bump – the “green premium” – on every home she’s upgraded and certified since, and she hasn’t…


Added by Melissa Baldridge on October 16, 2013 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments

Adding Up - Couple Finds Green Adds Value to Their Home

Rick and Joann Sandoval live in a green Ferrari – a souped-up, high-performance home loaded with energy-sipping systems and green-home features.  But when it came time to refinance their house and capture value from those items, the Sandovals were going nowhere…


Added by Melissa Baldridge on September 3, 2013 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Making the Invisible Visible: Valuing Energy Efficiency Improvements in a Real Estate Transaction

Often, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort, energy efficiency, durability, and environmental impact – are literally invisible during key steps of any home sale or refinance transaction.

One result is that energy…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on August 19, 2013 at 1:44pm — 3 Comments

Modernizing the Residential Utility Disclosure Ordinance in Chicago

Back in the ‘80s, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and others helped the City of Chicago pass a residential utility disclosure ordinance that required the disclosure of heating bills when residential properties are sold or leased in the city. Why? Heating expenses constitute a significant home expense, and it’s important for consumers and Realtors to have access to this information.

Until now, complying with the ordinance could take up to two weeks: a Realtor submitted an…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on July 9, 2013 at 1:23pm — 3 Comments

Warnings About Portable Air Conditioners

Warnings About Portable Air Conditioners

Warning About Portable Air Conditioners

Here are some warnings about portable air conditioners to help you to be aware of their low energy efficiency rating when purchasing a new air conditioner. If you already have a portable air conditioner or if a portable air conditioners your only option to get some cooling,…


Added by Perry Ning on July 2, 2013 at 12:20pm — 9 Comments

RaterFest! 2013 - an incredible retreat for home energy professionals

We hope you can join EnergyLogic for the one of the best conferences available for home energy professionals - RaterFest!  This year's retreat includes a great lineup of presenters, including Mark LaLiberte and Sam Rashkin (along with 12 other industry leaders).  In addition to some truly incredible presentations, you will get to network with fellow energy professionals, enjoy delicious meals made from organic/local ingredients, and have one-on-one time with industry experts...all in the…


Added by EnergyLogic Academy on April 30, 2013 at 2:28pm — No Comments

LED Light Bulbs For Home Decoration

The LED light bulbs are versatile lights gadgets made to offer a more extended and cost efficient lighting answer. An LED gentle bulb is made for outside in addition to indoor spaces. it's possible to retailer a lot of LED light bulbs to achieve a top depth lights solution. LED light bulbs are frequently obtainable via online companies' in addition to native retail retail outlets. the very best LED mild bulbs are white in color and designed specifically for houses and places of work. The…


Added by catherinegreen on April 22, 2013 at 6:30pm — 3 Comments

0.72 ach50 Before Drywall - This Home is already 90% Tighter than Energy Code

Before drywall was installed, I tested the infiltration (air leakage) at the Proud Green Home (PGH) at Serenbe,…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on April 15, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Designing A Perfect Residential Wall - Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia has a reputation for getting pretty darn hot, but it can also get pretty dang cold (No snickering from you Northerners, please!). Believe it or not, Atlantans use more energy to heat their homes than they do to cool them. The design temperature set by …


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on March 6, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

The New Granite is...Siding! Really?

My friends in energy efficiency have been patiently waiting for granite to fall out of favor as the sexiest way to improve your home, and add value when you…


Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on February 19, 2013 at 8:59pm — 1 Comment

Commit to advance the "State of the Union for Green Value"!

It's State of the Union time, and another union worth looking at is the state of value for high performance homes (HPH).  The image below shows how value comes…


Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on February 15, 2013 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

14 Design Don’ts for High Performance Homes

There are a lot of ways to design a home. Designing one for high…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 14, 2013 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

High Performance Home Simple to Buy - Like a Latte???!

A group of industry visionaries has set out to make the home-buying process as simple as buying a latte! It's an inspired vision of simplicity and data-sharing all built around the consumer. Latte Vision Video

According to their website, Inman News is the leading source of independent real estate news, information, advice,…


Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on February 2, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

NEWS RELEASE - Denver Real Estate Company Unveils "Green" Window Stickers for Existing-Home Listings & Pilot Nets Top Dollar

Denver, Nov. 1, 2012:   GreenSpot Real Estate recently launched its “GreenSpot” eco-makeover program for existing-home listings, including a “window sticker” showing the property’s…


Added by Melissa Baldridge on October 31, 2012 at 6:28pm — 7 Comments

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