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Working with Roofing Professionals

GAF has introduced training called the Home Energy Saver Certificate - Building Science for the Roofing Professional.  It's online, ondemand training narrated by Shane Monday of HUB Energy Group.  The professional roofing contractor sees a much larger number of existing homes than many other types of contractors. We're working to connect them with Home Energy Professionals.

You can check out the training we developed and register for free at:…

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Added by Martin Grohman on April 8, 2015 at 7:19am — No Comments

Programming in-floor electric radiant heat, is it worth it?

Does a programmable thermostat for an in-floor electric radiant heat system add efficiency, or is it faux efficiency?

My electrician installed in-floor electric heat in a second floor bathroom remodel I recently completed, and he used a non-programmable therm. I asked him to change it, and he pushed back that there is little efficiency gain because the thermal mass of the mud bed and tile create a long cycle time to raise the temperature. Better to leave the temperature set, and have…

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Added by Sean McLoughlin on April 2, 2015 at 6:08am — 4 Comments

Which version of CAZ testing is used for BPI/QCI testing?

Combustion Safety Testing is one of the most important components of the HEP QCI exam.  Because it is linked to the safety of the occupants, it has been a fundamental element of BPI exams since the inception of the organization.  As we make homes tighter and more energy efficient, we cut back on the…

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Added by Paul Raymer on April 20, 2015 at 4:13am — No Comments

What does it take to be a certified Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector (HEP QCI)?

A quality control program requires knowing a lot about a lot of different subjects.  A HEP (BPI Home Energy Professional) Quality Control Inspector is qualified to compare a project outcome to the project requirements or work scope so that the final result is satisfactory to both the program and the homeowner.  It requires both technical knowledge as well as “soft skills” which are…

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Added by Paul Raymer on April 14, 2015 at 4:03am — No Comments

150 Years to 10

Houses should last a very long time.  The Knap of Howar was built approximately fifty-five hundred years ago.  Pueblos in New Mexico were built over a thousand years ago.  Saltford Manor House, in Somerset, England was built sometime in the twelfth century and is still occupied!  These houses are built of extremely durable materials like stone or adobe.  But even the wooden houses…

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Added by Paul Raymer on April 6, 2015 at 4:26am — No Comments

Illinois, the ERI, IECACA & RESNET - The final push

Monday April 6th (10 AM to noon) will decide whether the ERI aka as the HERS option will be part of Illinois new Energy Code or dropped till the next code cycle. While many local rating companies joined forces to help get it brought back up for discussion after it was…

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Added by Sean Lintow Sr on March 30, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Our Newest Reason to Brag and Your Best Reason to Attend!

We're stoked!  RaterFest! 2015 is now officially a RESNET® Regional Conference.  

We couldn't believe it, but when we…

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Added by Hannah Finch on March 26, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Green Premium - Price Bump for Green Homes & Schrödinger’s Cat

A valuation premium for green homes and energy efficiency is a lot like Schrödinger’s cat, says a new study released by the Colorado Energy Office.  If…

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Added by Melissa Baldridge on March 14, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Drainwater Heat Recovery Units & Water Efficiency

Reblog, originally posted on www.bluehouseenergy.com 16 Feb 2015

Hot water distribution efficiency is now included in HERS ratings, under an amendment to ANSI/RESNET Standard 301-2014. This is a Good Thing. To date, all of our efforts to represent, and then…

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Added by Shawna Henderson on March 17, 2015 at 8:38am — 6 Comments

Rocket Science?

The old expression when something is supposed to be simple is to say that, “This is not rocket science!” as though rocket science was the most complicated thing we can think of.  I will admit that some of the things rocket scientists have done are pretty amazing.  I don’t have a clue how you land a probe on an asteroid moving at thousands of miles an hour somewhere out there in space.  Or manipulate a vehicle on the surface of a planet and send back, “Wish you were here!” snapshots - in…

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Added by Paul Raymer on March 6, 2015 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

Over 146,000 Homes in the U.S. were HERS Rated and issued a HERS Index Score in 2014

In 2014 there were 146,860 homes in the United States that were energy rated by certified RESNET HERS Raters and issued a HERS Index Score.  According to the data from the U.S. Census Bureau this represents over 33.8% of all new homes sold in the nation.  The average HERS Index Score of the homes rated in 2014 was 63.

The five leading states in terms of homes receiving a HERS Index were:

  • Texas – 28,784
  • Florida – 14,994
  • North Carolina –…
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Added by Laurel Elam on March 4, 2015 at 7:54am — No Comments

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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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 2, 2015 at 8:53am — 4 Comments

How to Optimize On-Bill Financing to Help Illinois Building Owners Invest in Energy Efficiency

This post is written by Marcella Bondie Keenan, policy fellow at Elevate Energy.

Building owners can save money by investing in energy efficiency improvements. But if they can’t afford the upfront costs of the upgrades, they continue to pay higher energy bills and are even less able to pay for energy efficiency improvements down the road.

On-bill financing (OBF) is one tool to help owners break out of this cycle. It provides an opportunity to invest in energy…

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on February 18, 2015 at 11:36am — 2 Comments

Net Zero Summit March 3-5

I wanted to encourage all you deep energy/ZNE enthusiasts to hie thee to the Net Zero North American Leadership Summit in Boston, March 3-5. The program is a standout, ranging from solar pioneer Steven Strong to Senator Jaime Eldridge to energy guru Marc Rosenbaum, and countless other rock stars. Here's the program. Check it out, register now! Wide-ranging discussions will be had (I first typed "ranting" --…

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Added by Ann Edminster on February 18, 2015 at 9:42pm — 1 Comment

A Big Boost For Weatherization: Habitat for Humanity on Deck to Help Out

Happy to see that one of our best clean energy advocates, Brad Penney, has rejoined NASCSP as a consultant lobbying for the Weatherization Assistance Program. Weatherization has made a comeback after bottoming out at $68M in FY 2012.  The FY 2015 enacted level is back up to $194M, and the White House has requested $228M in FY 2016. Brad will be leading the advocates fighting to boost Weatherization funding back over $200M and hopefully reach the Administration request in the current…
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Added by Stan Harbuck on February 12, 2015 at 6:00am — 2 Comments

The #1 Item Missing from High-Efficient HVAC Installations

     Imagine this: you go out to your local entertainment big-box store and purchase the top of the line “HUMONGOUS” television.  When you get home, you don’t think anything about it and just go ahead plugging it directly into the wall socket, right?  What’s that you say, ludicrous?  Of course, we would only plug that piece of beautiful technology into a UL rated surge protector!

     So, I gave it away in the first paragraph: a UL rated surge protector.  But, don’t…

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Added by Christopher Morin on February 12, 2015 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Point-of-Sale Energy Efficient Financing

It’s no secret that finances are often a barrier to home performance upgrades for homeowners. This is precisely why programs like the PowerSaver loan program are helpful as they work with contractors and equipment installers interested in offering energy efficient financing at the point of sale.

So what is the PowerSaver loan?

Choose from Three Loan Products

There are three PowerSaver…

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Added by Macie Melendez on February 5, 2015 at 12:20pm — 3 Comments

Sales funnels are funny shaped things

One challenge seems to be at the forefront of a lot of the discussions I'm having with colleagues and associates these last few weeks is sales. Closing sales. Making the sale. Getting some traction...getting any movement at all...

Mark Mitchell is a sales and marketing consultant for the building materials industry who writes a good blog. I have been reading Mark's blog for a little while now, diving into the archives…

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Added by Shawna Henderson on January 26, 2015 at 9:23am — 1 Comment

Drainage Planes and Rotting Buildings

We had some serious problems with rotting in buildings that were constructed in the period 1980 and 2000s. ‘Leaky Condo Crisis’ reached fever pitch in Vancouver, BC and surrounding region (excellent Wikipedia entry details the problems, the situation and the fallout here.

In a nutshell, SoCal dry-hot climate details (no rainscreen, no overhangs)…

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Added by Shawna Henderson on January 15, 2015 at 9:00pm — No Comments

New $1.6 Million Program Helps Electric-Heated Buildings in Chicago Save Energy, Money

Many Chicago apartment buildings are electrically heated – meaning that the primary heat source is delivered via electricity, rather than natural gas or other sources. A …

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Added by Melissa Ulbricht on January 15, 2015 at 7:51am — 2 Comments

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