Jim Gunshinan's Blog – October 2010 Archive (4)

Leslie Gets Weatherized

Ben Bustamante works on Leslie's house. Photo by Leslie Jackson

When Home Energy’s part-time Associate Editor Leslie Jackson got home from a trip to New Orleans, where she did research on the rebuilding since Hurricane Katrina, she got a message on her phone. It was…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 29, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Window Shade Study Shows Positive Results

(This is from Robb Aldrich of Steven Winter Associates.)

It’s no secret that windows are a liability when it comes to heat loss in homes. Conductance of quality insulated, low-e windows is typically 0.30-0.35 Btu/ft2hr°F, or about R-3. If installed in a wall that performs at R-20, heat lost through windows is 6-7 times higher (per unit area) than heat loss through the rest of the wall.…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 20, 2010 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Home Performance Business—Getting In the Door

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…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 19, 2010 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Across the Green Home Spectrum

Two weeks ago I was in Charleston, South Carolina for a meeting of the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP). Last week I stopped by West Coast Green taking place at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco. NASCSP is a group of state managers for the Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) for low-income families. West Coast Green is an interactive conference focusing on innovation for the built environment. From crawlspaces to sheep’s wool… Continue

Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 5, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

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