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It’s no secret that home performance is a male-dominated industry. Attend any industry conference and you’ll quickly see that women are vastly outnumbered. That being said, there are still women in…Continue

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By now you are probably aware of California’s drought. But other states are experiencing droughts—and where there aren’t droughts, there are probably floods. Water and energy consumption are becoming more and more closely connected, and the situation is not likely to improve. Here are some of the ways our clients experience these connections in their homes.Money. Most people pay for water and sewage…See More
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Water Conservation

By now you are probably aware of California’s drought. But other states are experiencing droughts—and where there aren’t droughts, there are probably floods. Water and energy consumption are becoming more and more closely connected, and the situation is not likely to improve. Here are some of the ways our clients experience these connections in their homes.Money. Most people pay for water and sewage…See More
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For those not familiar with “Ching books”, they’re essentially the gold standard for visual architecture reference and aid in the design process. Architect Francis D.K. Ching’s series of textbook-size volumes go through conceptual to intimate detail of design and construction for both novice and professionals alike. They’re commonly noted as the best and easiest-to-understand references for design professionals and…See More
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For those not familiar with “Ching books”, they’re essentially the gold standard for visual architecture reference and aid in the design process. Architect Francis D.K. Ching’s series of textbook-size volumes go through conceptual to intimate detail of design and construction for both novice and professionals alike. They’re commonly noted as the best and easiest-to-understand references for design professionals and…See More
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"Alan, similar to cars going all-electric, removing combustion appliances from homes is inevitable. A few thoughts: Bringing the NACH down and reducing infiltration is significantly easier if there are no chimneys or other vents for combustion…"
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"As we move toward more and more renewable energy in the grid, storage will be a key issue. The biggest challenge is providing renewable energy in winter, when solar energy is lowest. Not coincidentally, that's also when heating demand is…"
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I must admit that I am still having trouble getting my head around this idea. But the arithmetic is fairly simple: an 80% reduction in carbon emissions simply can’t be achieved without drastic cutbacks in residential natural gas use. In the residential sector, natural gas burned on site is responsible for about one quarter of carbon emissions. We can use carbon-free electricity generated by wind and…See More
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John Nicholas commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Revisiting Electrification
"Electrification for heating is bad.   Nope! Electric Resistance heating is not efficient. Nope!  The Yellow Energy Guide Label from the FTC says 100% on an Electric Furnace. Gas furnace (mine) is only 97% efficient. In 2012 I choose to use…"
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David Eakin commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Revisiting Electrification
"Alan, it's not the source of the energy that's important - it's the amount of energy used that matters. If you reduce your energy loads (whatever they may be) you will be generating less carbon emissions (wherever they may be…"
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Revisiting Electrification

I must admit that I am still having trouble getting my head around this idea. But the arithmetic is fairly simple: an 80% reduction in carbon emissions simply can’t be achieved without drastic cutbacks in residential natural gas use. In the residential sector, natural gas burned on site is responsible for about one quarter of carbon emissions. We can use carbon-free electricity generated by wind and…See More
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Have you experienced a haunted attic or crawl space that had a will of its own? Do tell! In a special evening session on Wednesday, May 6 at the 2015 ACI National Home Performance Conference in New Orleans, you have the chance to grab the microphone and share your compelling story in a five-minute time frame.  If your story is chosen as the winner by a panel of judges, it also will be published in Home Energy Magazine and you'll receive one complimentary ACI Regional Home Performance Conference…See More
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Water Conservation

By now you are probably aware of California’s drought. But other states are experiencing droughts—and where there aren’t droughts, there are probably floods. Water and energy consumption are becoming more and more closely connected, and the situation is not likely to improve. Here are some of the ways our clients experience these connections in their homes.…

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Book Review—Green Building Illustrated

For those not familiar with “Ching books”, they’re essentially the gold standard for visual architecture reference and aid in the design process. Architect Francis D.K. Ching’s series of textbook-size volumes go through conceptual to intimate detail of design and construction for both novice and professionals alike. They’re commonly noted as the best and easiest-to-understand references for design…

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Revisiting Electrification

I must admit that I am still having trouble getting my head around this idea. But the arithmetic is fairly simple: an 80% reduction in carbon emissions simply can’t be achieved without drastic cutbacks in residential natural gas use. In the residential sector, natural gas burned on site is responsible for about one quarter of carbon emissions. We can use carbon-free electricity generated…

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At Home with the Internet of Annoying Things

The Internet of Things has already improved my everyday life. Devices that communicate with each other deliver new services and features that I appreciate. However, as the Internet of Things expands from a few linked devices to a pervasive network, I fear that aggravation will soon replace appreciation. Are we moving toward the Internet of Annoying Things?

We become aware of the Internet of…

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