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Utility death spiral = higher taxes? Perhaps...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Jan 19, 2015. 9 Replies

If you are in the energy industry and not familiar with the utility death spiral, you should be. It's real, it's big and it's gaining speed much faster than anyone, especially the utilities, saw…Continue

Tags: grid, defection, outs, bail, death

Green feature values in Real Estate

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jeffrey Gephart Jan 16, 2015. 16 Replies

Does anyone know of a resource which gives a simple estimated dollar value for green home features?For example, a solar hot water heater adds value to a home but how much?Thanks Home Energy Pros!Feel…Continue

Tags: value, estate, real

Which orgs are working in the Home Energy/Real Estate space?

Started Jan 8, 2015 0 Replies

Ok Home Energy Industry experts, I need some help.It's no surprise to anyone in the Home Energy industry that getting homeowners to buy Home Energy Improvement solutions is a challenge. We are all…Continue

Tags: addendum, green, appraisal, estate, real

How does efficiency factor into a grid parity world?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bob Blanchette Oct 26, 2014. 5 Replies

It occurred to me as I was reading this report that…Continue

 

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George Kopf commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"Chris, Again, you lead the way. Just completed your survey. Looking forward to this program growing. "
Jan 21
George Kopf commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post My Fall Into The Smart Home, Lazy Life
"Matt, Another way of looking at this is that by freeing up my time/brain power, I can give more time/attention to important things - like being a better, more present daddy to my kids. Here's a gadget suggestion for you: Hue by Phillips. Holy…"
Nov 24, 2015
George Kopf replied to Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA's discussion New Study on Green Features Released
"Tom, Insightful comments. Here are a few thoughts: Energy features listed on the MLS: Research (albeit not a huge data set as report by Craig Foley) has shown that agents either over-report or under-report. That is when they report energy…"
Oct 27, 2015
George Kopf replied to Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA's discussion New Study on Green Features Released
"Jan, So great to hear your thoughts on this. I understand the desire to reduce liability - my hope is that more agents (and lenders, appraisers, etc.) will want to gain a better understanding of what's happening in the house as more buyers…"
Oct 27, 2015
George Kopf replied to Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA's discussion New Study on Green Features Released
"Sandra, I have connected with several real estate professionals here in SoCal who have integrated home energy into their businesses quite successfully. One point they raise is that, for the majority of the real estate industry to pay attention to…"
Oct 26, 2015
George Kopf replied to Sandra K. Adomatis, SRA's discussion New Study on Green Features Released
"Sandra, Thank you for sharing this report. It would seem high performance homes and appropriate appraised values for these homes are in a bit of a "chicken and the egg" situation. Appraisers can't find comparable homes with energy…"
Oct 26, 2015
George Kopf commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"Colin, I am familiar with http://ring4club.com/. I like working with professionals who take such pride in their work. I can't believe I am recommending a law suit. It just goes counter to everything I hold dear.  "
Aug 24, 2015
George Kopf commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"Chris, To answer your questions: Do you know of cases in which building owners have taken legal action against contractors who did not properly install and/or test the energy-delivery systems in their buildings? None that I know of. In…"
Aug 24, 2015
George Kopf commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"I have bought two town homes in California in the last 5 years. Even though code says I was supposed to get a HERS report on both of them, I haven't seen a single HERS report. When I called my local city code enforcement department to get them…"
Aug 24, 2015
George Kopf replied to Ryan Miller's discussion First NC and now GA - Building Performance Associations taking shape
"Ryan, Congratulations. Sounds like you are off to a great start. I was just in western North Carolina on vacation. Beautiful country.  Wishing you continued success. "
Aug 24, 2015
George Kopf commented on Tom White's video
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"Outstanding video. Outstanding non-profit. Outstanding program. Kudos to Rising Sun Energy Center. "
Jul 2, 2015
Dennis Heidner replied to George Kopf's discussion Utility death spiral = higher taxes? Perhaps...
"Agreed,  that is in part why benchmarking of commercial buildings including apartments, multi-family residential buildings has been adopted in many of the larger cities... and over the next 20 - 30 years it may be pushed down to smaller…"
Jan 19, 2015
Bob Blanchette replied to George Kopf's discussion Utility death spiral = higher taxes? Perhaps...
"The biggest issue is rental houses don't get fixed. When they do landlords are looking at 1st costs instead of utility bills. Baseboard heat is mostly non-existant in Oklahoma, it's electric air handlers with straight AC.…"
Jan 19, 2015
Dennis Heidner replied to George Kopf's discussion Utility death spiral = higher taxes? Perhaps...
"Baseboard/resistance heat homes can be upgraded.  Minisplits, in ten years will pretty much drive the pure resistance heaters out of the retrofit and new construction markets. In twenty-five years perhaps 50% of those existing Oklahoma homes…"
Jan 18, 2015
Bob Blanchette replied to George Kopf's discussion Utility death spiral = higher taxes? Perhaps...
"A means of storing a large quantity of energy for a low cost needs to happen before utilities become obsolete. Also keep in mind that most homes are NOT high performance and require a high level of energy to operate. 75% of all-electric homes in…"
Jan 18, 2015
Dennis Heidner replied to George Kopf's discussion Utility death spiral = higher taxes? Perhaps...
"Industry transformation happen frequently, we tend to forget that will  society moves on.   Since you asked the question "What am I missing?" , let me offer some examples of where society moved on. 1.  Prior to…"
Jan 17, 2015

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At 12:18pm on June 7, 2011, Tom White said…

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At 2:58pm on May 27, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi George,

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