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Energy Star Contractor of the Year Award Q&A: AZ Energy Efficient Home

Each year, EPA honors a select group of organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Contractor of the Year is awarded to Home Performance with Energy Star participating contractors who exhibit outstanding professionalism, build strong customer relationships, and apply building science solutions to improve homes.

We were…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 20, 2017 at 1:25pm — No Comments

Rock Wool Insulation for Floor of High Performance Tiny House

VIDEO: Foundation and Floor Framing for High Performance Tiny House, Florida

In August of 2016, we posted a video describing the design and construction of the foundation and floor framing of our High Performance Tiny…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on January 12, 2017 at 2:30am — No Comments

Multifamily houses retrofit- steam heating system boost.

 

Problem scale. Significant, untapped opportunities exist to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s multifamily housing stock, which accounts annually for more than 100 million tons of carbon emissions and approximately $22 billion in energy expenditures [1]. Most multifamily rental properties were constructed before modern building energy codes were adopted, and existing utility incentive and rebate programs often overlook the…

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Added by Igor Zhadanovsky on January 11, 2017 at 10:30pm — No Comments

New Case Study: Arizona Leverages Industry Standards to Improve Home Performance Program

For most American households, a 5-30% savings on energy bills is possible by making home energy upgrades typically identified in a home energy assessment. State and local governments, utilities, and nonprofits across the nation offer programs that allow home owners to upgrade their home to reduce energy use.  Through the Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program Accelerator, DOE is working with partners that offer…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 10, 2017 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Asbestos Shingle Nailpoint Debris

A recent study (I have a copy, trying to find a link to full report) found that installation of asbestos shingles on the outside of the home caused the nailpoints to drive asbestos debris inside the wall cavities of homes. Blowing insulation into the walls caused a release of fibers into the air of the home exceeding safe levels.…

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Added by Joseph Burley on January 5, 2017 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Ohio's Most Efficient Rental

Image 1: The 100K project was designed to have a widely open concept. The home includes 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The 850 sq ft floor area allows for an open interior feel with maximum utilization of every inch.

Ohio's Most Efficient Rental…

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Added by Luke Langhals on December 22, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments

Portland, Oregon Passes Landmark Policy to Disclose Energy Performance to Homebuyers

On December 14, 2016, the Portland City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance requiring home energy scores for single family homes listed for sale. This innovative new policy will help Portland create jobs for its…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 20, 2016 at 3:00pm — 3 Comments

Charting a Course to Healthier, High-Performance Homes

A home is intimately tied to the health and wellbeing of its residents. It is where people go to take care of themselves and seek comfort. People in the United States spend approximately 70% of their time at home, which means that ensuring homes are a healthy refuge is vitally important.…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 20, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Use Glass in Interiors to Make Your Home Look Chic

Decorating the interiors of your home can be a little tough. There are many things that you must pay attention to, if you want your home to look gorgeous. There are many designs and styles to choose from, and it can be overwhelming when it comes to making a choice. In case you are looking for a trend which…

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Added by Alfie Davis on December 15, 2016 at 12:12am — No Comments

DOE Completes New Consensus-Based Air Conditioner Standards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published new minimum energy efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps today.  The new standards, which are based on a negotiated agreement, will reduce air conditioner and heat pump energy use by about 7%, translating into hundreds of dollars in electricity bill savings for consumers over the life of their equipment.

A federal…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 14, 2016 at 9:38am — 1 Comment

Emergency Heating Situation Leads to Further Efficiency Upgrades in Morgan Park

In early November 2015, the boiler failed in building manager Chiaka Patterson’s 12-unit multifamily building in the Morgan Park area of Chicago. As winter was quickly approaching, Mrs. Patterson worried about her tenant’s comfort and safety. She reached out to Community Investment Corporation (CIC) to assist her with…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on December 9, 2016 at 7:16am — No Comments

Are low-E glass windows good to install on desert homes?

Energy Efficient Windows That Lower Energy Bills

The technology used in windows continues to deliver energy efficiency upgrades to home performance. One reason is because of its constantly improving solar and thermal performance with advancements such as solar control low-emissivity, or low-e coatings. So, what is low-e glass? And is it a good thing to use in hotter climates like the desert or the tropics? Let’s dive into both of those questions here.



Low-e coatings…

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Added by Joshua Fletcher on December 8, 2016 at 9:53am — No Comments

Chic New Trends in Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen is one of the most functional areas of the house.  If you are a new home owner or you are renovating your kitchen, you need to know what the ongoing trend is in kitchen remodeling.  Are you wondering what the new recipe of chic kitchen decor is? Modern minimalism is…

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Added by Alfie Davis on December 7, 2016 at 9:44pm — 1 Comment

Addison Homes Wins Pinnacle Award for Best Achievement in Energy Efficiency

Addison Homes was amongst the home building industry’s best and brightest honored with a 2016 Pinnacle Award during the 13th annual Celebration of Excellence. Presented by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina, Pinnacle Awards recognize the state’s builders and remodelers who have achieved the hi

ghest standard of quality craftsmanship, innovative problem-solving and customer satisfaction.…

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Added by Michelle Usher on December 7, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Natural Gas is Becoming Less Attractive

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The United States and Canada have been fortunate to have access to natural gas for space heating, water heating, and other applications. Over the decades, gas supplies have been both reliable and affordable. We also believed that natural gas was clean and environmentally friendly, and was therefore reasonable as the fuel of choice. Sadly, this situation is changing; natural gas is becoming less attractive.

What has changed? First, research has shown that natural gas…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 5, 2016 at 9:30am — 5 Comments

A Healthy Home and a Healthy Bottom Line

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.

E4TheFuture is a nonprofit organization…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on December 5, 2016 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Ways to Give Your Kitchen a Beautiful Makeover

The kitchen is a crucial part of the house. Your kitchen is used throughout the day either for cooking or storing food items and ingredients. Thus, it needs to be very functional with great design and the best use of space. You must make your kitchen well designed, spacious and functional because you will…

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Added by Alfie Davis on December 5, 2016 at 1:53am — 1 Comment

Setting the PACE for Consumer Protection

Residential PACE (property assessed clean energy), an innovative solution for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy projects, is being led by a set of industry mavens seeking to realize the promise of this public–private partnership. Specifically, industry stakeholders have come…

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Added by Kelly Vaughn on November 23, 2016 at 6:00am — 1 Comment

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