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PHIUS+2015 Climate-Specific Passive Building Standard

Started this discussion. Last reply by terry nordbye Jul 30, 2015. 6 Replies

From Home Energy's July/August issue, written by Mike Knezovich, Director of Communications for PHIUS:In March, Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) implemented a new climate-sensitive passive building…Continue

Tax Time Blues

Started this discussion. Last reply by Sean Lintow Sr Mar 6, 2015. 1 Reply

There is a tax credit available to homeowners who have walls insulated. The credits were continued last year in a budget deal to cover tax year 2014 and the amount is 10% of the cost of materials up…Continue

When your shower is in your kitchen...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Stan Kuhn Mar 5, 2015. 3 Replies

Interesting question by Leanne Maxwell, former colleague at Home Energy:"Aside from all of the obvious logistical issues of having a shower in your kitchen, what kind of IAQ nightmare does it…Continue

Should Homeowners with PV Get Paid Retail or Wholesale Prices for their Excess Electricity?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Nov 23, 2013. 24 Replies

I've been doing some research, trying to get my arms around the problem of the longterm sustainability of renewable energy in the Unites States. Here's one big challenge as I see it.Many customers…Continue

 

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Jim Gunshinan liked Tom White's discussion Home Energy Reader Survey
Sep 27, 2016
Jim Gunshinan's photo was featured

Looking at leaky can lights.

Leaky recessed-can lights were big energy wasters before they were sealed.
Jul 31, 2016
Jim Gunshinan replied to Pat Dundon's discussion David Bowie & Home Performance
"Pat, What you are describing is truly a partnership, and that has to make a huge difference in the way potential customers approach this. Best of luck to you and/or anyone who pursues this idea."
Jan 14, 2016
Jim Gunshinan replied to Pat Dundon's discussion David Bowie & Home Performance
"Your idea makes some sense from an economics standpoint. But how many homeowners will give up so much control to your company in order to save some money each month? Granted, they would enjoy other benefits, such as more comfort, less worry about…"
Jan 14, 2016
Jim Gunshinan commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post The Real Women of Home Performance: Marge Anderson
"I've just been listening to U.S. Senators coming back from the Paris climate talks. Then I read this interview with Marge Anderson. Wow, am I proud to be working alongside such talented, committed, and humble people. I hesitate to use the word…"
Dec 10, 2015
Everblue Training commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post The NASCSP Landscape
"Thanks for the conference recap and your insight!"
Sep 22, 2015
Jim Gunshinan's blog post was featured

The NASCSP Landscape

That’s the National Association for State Community Services Programs, which held it’s annual training conference September 16-18 in Sacramento. NASCSP serves the DOE WAP program, as well as other low-income programs through training and advocacy in Washington D.C.I’ve been to several of these conferences over the 15 years I have worked at Home Energy. There are always changes, but this year I noticed a big change. A lot of the leadership that shepherded WAP through the ARRA period—which was…See More
Sep 21, 2015
Jim Gunshinan posted a blog post

The NASCSP Landscape

That’s the National Association for State Community Services Programs, which held it’s annual training conference September 16-18 in Sacramento. NASCSP serves the DOE WAP program, as well as other low-income programs through training and advocacy in Washington D.C.I’ve been to several of these conferences over the 15 years I have worked at Home Energy. There are always changes, but this year I noticed a big change. A lot of the leadership that shepherded WAP through the ARRA period—which was…See More
Sep 21, 2015
Jim Gunshinan replied to Kim Tanner's discussion Acronym Challenge!
"HI KT, IMHO, TMI, LOL!"
Sep 8, 2015
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PHIUS+2015 Climate-Specific Passive Building Standard

From Home Energy's July/August issue, written by Mike Knezovich, Director of Communications for PHIUS:In March, Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) implemented a new climate-sensitive passive building performance standard. PHIUS+ 2015 gives designers and builders a simplified, cost-effective path to resilient, comfortable, net zero energy buildings.The new metric generated healthy discussion in the existing PH community and has brought welcome excitement and fresh interest from newcomers. But…See More
Aug 5, 2015
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GoGreen Portland 2014: The Myth of Apathy - Renee Lertzman, Ph.D

"Nice insights.  Engagement defined as a "genuine interest in collaboration, in partnership, in participatory practices, in seeing your 'people', whoever you're trying to connect with, as collaborators, co-creators, which…"
Aug 3, 2015
terry nordbye replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion PHIUS+2015 Climate-Specific Passive Building Standard
"Both standards are good. Both standards win. PHI knows how to build a PH in the USA. The very nature of PH is about splitting hairs, but lets not split heads...........terry"
Jul 30, 2015
Greg Labbe replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion PHIUS+2015 Climate-Specific Passive Building Standard
""It’s important to note that the PHIUS+ 2015 metric is an optimization of the European metric, not a relaxation. In fact, in some climate zones, PHIUS+ 2015 sets the bar higher, because until now, cost-effective energy savings were being…"
Jul 30, 2015
terry nordbye replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion PHIUS+2015 Climate-Specific Passive Building Standard
"To put it in simple terms, PHIUS is conducting a turf war, power grab. PHIUS does not wish to share the wealth but to control it. Too bad, in the end, we all wish to build better buildings...........terry"
Jul 25, 2015
Bronwyn J. Barry replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion PHIUS+2015 Climate-Specific Passive Building Standard
"There is much confusion surrounding the Passive House standard, and unfortunately much of it has been generated by PHIUS.  No actual performance data has been shared by them to show that the international standard is not working here in the…"
Jul 25, 2015
Michael Knezovich replied to Jim Gunshinan's discussion PHIUS+2015 Climate-Specific Passive Building Standard
"Hi Sean, Thanks for weighing in. Passive house has always referred to a generic set of principles (super insulation, airtight envelope, erv, etc.) and a specific performance metric. The point was that passive house principles make sense universally…"
Jul 23, 2015

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A Healthy Home and a Healthy Bottom Line

Posted on December 5, 2016 at 9:00am 4 Comments

There has been a lot of interest of late in the weatherization and broader home performance community in putting a value on the health benefits of weatherization. We’ve come a long way in the last several years and have reached, I think, some strong consensus that the health benefits of weatherization and home performance retrofits are real and valuable. This means that making healthy housing a part of your business plan makes good sense.

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Forty Years of WAP—A Family Celebration

Posted on October 28, 2016 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Sometimes it feels like Home Energy and the DOE Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) grew up together, along with what was formerly known as ACI and is now the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) and some other energy efficiency advocates. The WAP program is celebrating four decades of air sealing, insulating, health home making and family supporting on National Weatherization Day on Sunday, October 30th.

That would make Home Energy WAP’s little brother or sister. We…

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The NASCSP Landscape

Posted on September 21, 2015 at 3:30pm 1 Comment

That’s the National Association for State Community Services Programs, which held it’s annual training conference September 16-18 in Sacramento. NASCSP serves the DOE WAP program, as well as other low-income programs through training and advocacy in Washington D.C.

I’ve been to several of these conferences over the 15 years I have worked at Home Energy. There are always changes, but this year I noticed a big change. A lot of the leadership that shepherded WAP through the ARRA…

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Storytelling Our Way to a Better Life

Posted on June 23, 2015 at 2:00pm 1 Comment



The poet Muriel Rukeyser once said something like this: The Universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of stories. I think that conferences are made of stories too, like the one I’m at this week, the National Energy and Utility…

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At 9:03am on June 14, 2013, Dan Antonioli said…

Jim. Yes, I still want to friend you and learn more about your work.

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Jim, where/how do you discuss "the interface between science and religion/spirituality?"  I'd like to drop in.
 
 
 

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