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 … Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on March 6, 2013 at 11:30am —
There are a lot of ways to design a home. Designing one for high… Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 14, 2013 at 7:30am —
It was my first weatherization conference since becoming the editor of Home Energy. I remember sitting in the crowd listening to the opening speaker and being very inspired. We’re soldiers, I thought. Some of us are on the front lines—the weatherization workers—and some of us, like the staff at Home Energy, offer support from the safety of our offices in Berkeley. We are fighting for our nation’s energy security, and for the health of children and adults, and for the survival… Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 17, 2012 at 3:00pm —
Working with my customers and friends that are home performance contractors we always seem to be seeking answers to questions such as:
What will make my business survive in the short term?
What does it mean to run a successful home performance business?
What can I do if my local utility rebates, tax credits, and programs change?
For the most part it is true that individuals and… Continue
Added by Roch Naleway on September 22, 2012 at 8:00am —
In Part I of this series on designing for high performance, we discussed the control… Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on August 15, 2012 at 3:15am —
We’re just a few weeks away from a computer generated, self-guided interactive virtual tour of the Serenbe Residence near Atlanta, Georgia (Climate Zone 3a). We’re using REVIT software to generate the 3D model, then … Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on August 13, 2012 at 4:00am —
This year ACI held its largest ever national home performance conference in Baltimore, Md. It was the largest in the number of workshop sessions: over 195 sessions, in 25 thematic tracks; with the largest number of exhibitors (115) and sponsors (48).
The three themes stood out: a) keep it simple (from the homeowners perspective); b) there is no silver bullet; and c) HVAC is jumping into home performance, maybe not head first, but at least with both feet in a measured… Continue
Added by Tom White on April 18, 2012 at 5:00am —
Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (IHP) is currently sponsoring a building science training series. The most recent training took place in Normal, Illinois at Heartland Community College on Infrared technologies such as infrared cameras and images used to detect problem areas in buildings. Brian Kumer, owner of Thermal Imaging Services, was the instructor for this 8-hour course which consisted of both a classroom portion and a field portion.…
Added by Andrew Navolio on February 24, 2012 at 8:36am —
There's one thing that keeps me from my favorite fast-food indulgence, the Junior Whopper with Cheese. It's called the Happy Meal. My kids insist on them. And our meals are indeed happier if I forgo my trip to Burger King so we can snag Happy Meals at McDonald's instead.
How does this relate to Home Performance?
A big focus among home performance professionals at the moment is driving demand. To do that… Continue
Added by Laura Reedy Stukel on October 30, 2011 at 3:00pm —
I interviewed architect Chris Laumer-Giddens, of Energy Vanguard, on the company's new integrated design-build / home-performance model last week. I'm reposting the interview here, with Chris's permission. -- Leah Thayer, daily5Remodel…
Added by Leah Thayer on April 28, 2011 at 8:00am —
My company, Building Efficiency Resources (www.TheBER.com) is--among other things--a HERS providership. We see a tremendous opportunity now and into the future for Raters on the retrofit side, and we are devoting considerable effort to exploring and developing ways for our Raters to seize that opportunity. We bring to that task a clear understanding that not all Certified Raters are highly knowledgeable about existing homes, and that the farther back we… Continue
Added by Ed Voytovich on April 24, 2011 at 9:14am —
Tamasin Sterner, Founder, President, and Chief Coach of Pure Energy was given the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry at the opening plenary of the ACI National Conference in San Francisco on March 30, 2011. Tamasin has been advancing home performance through mentoring, teaching, consulting work, and building analysis for almost 30 years and is a regular Home Energy contributer. "I had to prove that I can do everything that men can do—and more", she says,… Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on March 31, 2011 at 12:30pm —
Thinking of convincing the homeowner that you are the right contractor for the window replacement project? Make sure that you are prepared to demonstrate that you have the knowledge to evaluate the problem correctly. The customer wants and expects to perceive this quickly or you will not be selected for the follow-up. So, to ensure your business is the one selected for that coveted follow-up session, it is critical to showcase your knowledge and experience, the two fundamental factors that say… Continue
Added by David Allen on March 27, 2011 at 6:55am —
The energy efficiency movement is starting to impact the awareness of how the indoor conditions of an existing building can be greatly improved. Homeowners who once dread the winter months and thought that they had to live with the pain of a drafty uncomfortable home are now increasingly seeking to improve these homes.
This search often brought homeowners out into the marketplace looking for solutions and the best professional help. As a result, we are…
Added by David Allen on February 2, 2011 at 11:48am —
Added by David Allen on January 6, 2011 at 7:07pm —
There is a hot and heavy dialogue taking place in an online group that I belong to, made up mostly of people who are in the business of auditing homes and then making homes more energy efficient, healthy, and comfortable. The main gist of the discussion is, Do we rely on the government to encourage people to make their homes more efficient, or is it up to the market? Does this sound familiar? Tune into any election debate in the… Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 19, 2010 at 12:56pm —