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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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Luke Langhals commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Allison Bailes—Common Problems with Cold Weather Ventilation
"Very good write up Allison. I always enjoy reading your articles. It is great to see people finally discussing the defrost strategies on H/ERV systems. This has been long overlooked. Always ask your manufacturer what their method of defrost…"
Jan 25
Eric Kjelshus commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Allison Bailes—Common Problems with Cold Weather Ventilation
"I have seen building with lots of water vapor with very cold weather freeze the door gaskets -  then could not open the doors.   My question is if CO is 0, temp is 70',   RH% is 64%  CO2 is 3500 PPM  VOC is…"
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Allison Bailes—Common Problems with Cold Weather Ventilation

by Allison BailesWhen I woke up Saturday morning, the temperature outdoors was -40 degrees. The wind chill was -100 degrees! It was just unbelievably, impossibly, inhumanly cold outside. Fortunately, that was on a mountaintop in…See More
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Allison Bailes—Common Problems with Cold Weather Ventilation

by Allison BailesWhen I woke up Saturday morning, the temperature outdoors was -40 degrees. The wind chill was -100 degrees! It was just unbelievably, impossibly, inhumanly cold outside. Fortunately, that was on a mountaintop in…See More
Jan 22
Jim Gunshinan's blog post was featured

Using God Talk—or Not—to Help the Planet?

I am always impressed with the work of Susan Shelton and the Shelton Group. So an email message with the subject line from her office, “Age, religion & environmental messaging: what works?” immediately caught my attention.In an Eco Pulse special report, “United We Understand,” the Shelton Group digs into their research on how best to reach an audience about environmental concerns. An associate of Shelton, Lea Ann Head, looked at…See More
Jan 22
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Using God Talk—or Not—to Help the Planet?

I am always impressed with the work of Susan Shelton and the Shelton Group. So an email message with the subject line from her office, “Age, religion & environmental messaging: what works?” immediately caught my attention.In an Eco Pulse special report, “United We Understand,” the Shelton Group digs into their research on how best to reach an audience about environmental concerns. An associate of Shelton, Lea Ann Head, looked at…See More
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By Kelly Vaughn: Rebuilding After a Hurricane, and the Next, and the Next...

 This year’s hurricane season is the most expensive on record, with $202.6 billion in damages according to Bloomberg. These storms across the Atlantic had devastating impacts on people’s lives and homes, on communities, and on infrastructure in the hardest-hit areas.In fact, the damage from Hurricane Harvey is still very palpable for Houston residents. Three months after…See More
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By Kelly Vaughn: Rebuilding After a Hurricane, and the Next, and the Next...

 This year’s hurricane season is the most expensive on record, with $202.6 billion in damages according to Bloomberg. These storms across the Atlantic had devastating impacts on people’s lives and homes, on communities, and on infrastructure in the hardest-hit areas.In fact, the damage from Hurricane Harvey is still very palpable for Houston residents. Three months after…See More
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Cool—and Warm—Clothing

“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat individual people?” asked Yi Cui, professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford University.Putting on or taking off articles of clothing works to keep a body cool or warm within a certain temperature range; outside that range we rely on heating systems and A/C to keep us comfortable. But what if one garment did both the heating and the cooling?Cui’s colleague and postdoctoral fellow Po-Chun Hsu…See More
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Cool—and Warm—Clothing

“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat individual people?” asked Yi Cui, professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford University.Putting on or taking off articles of clothing works to keep a body cool or warm within a certain temperature range; outside that range we rely on heating systems and A/C to keep us comfortable. But what if one garment did both the heating and the cooling?Cui’s colleague and postdoctoral fellow Po-Chun Hsu…See More
Nov 30, 2017
tedkidd commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post New Home Builders Tackle Zero-Energy Home Building in Connecticut
"Cool. For those who prefer to learn from the mistakes of others: We used to recommend hrv/erv's. Then we started tracking RH. And we've had some "sick house" issues to solve. Now we recommend whole house dehumidification, and…"
Nov 6, 2017
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New Home Builders Tackle Zero-Energy Home Building in Connecticut

Connecticut’s 2016 Zero Energy Challenge reinforces the growing interest in the zero-energy home building movement. In addition to increased participation among experienced homebuilders, the 2016 challenge had an influx of inexperienced zero-energy home builders trying their hand at zero-energy homebuilding for the first time, with two winning.How did they do it?Research, research, and more researchWhile zero-energy homebuilding is considered…See More
Oct 26, 2017
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New Home Builders Tackle Zero-Energy Home Building in Connecticut

Connecticut’s 2016 Zero Energy Challenge reinforces the growing interest in the zero-energy home building movement. In addition to increased participation among experienced homebuilders, the 2016 challenge had an influx of inexperienced zero-energy home builders trying their hand at zero-energy homebuilding for the first time, with two winning.How did they do it?Research, research, and more researchWhile zero-energy homebuilding is considered…See More
Oct 26, 2017

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Allison Bailes—Common Problems with Cold Weather Ventilation

Posted on January 22, 2018 at 1:30pm 2 Comments

by Allison Bailes

When I woke up Saturday morning, the temperature outdoors was -40 degrees. The wind chill was -100 degrees! It was just unbelievably, impossibly, inhumanly cold…

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Using God Talk—or Not—to Help the Planet?

Posted on January 12, 2018 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

I am always impressed with the work of Susan Shelton and the Shelton Group. So an email message with the subject line from her office, “Age, religion & environmental messaging: what works?” immediately caught my attention.

In an Eco Pulse special report, “United We Understand,” the Shelton Group digs into their research on how best to reach an audience about environmental concerns. An associate of Shelton, Lea Ann Head,…

Continue

By Kelly Vaughn: Rebuilding After a Hurricane, and the Next, and the Next...

Posted on January 11, 2018 at 11:30am 0 Comments

Rebuilding After a Hurricane, and the Next, and the Next...

 

This year’s hurricane season is the most expensive on record, with $202.6 billion in damages according to Bloomberg. These storms across the Atlantic had devastating impacts on people’s lives and homes, on communities, and on infrastructure in the hardest-hit areas.

In fact, the damage…

Continue

Cool—and Warm—Clothing

Posted on November 30, 2017 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

“Why do you need to cool and heat the whole building? Why don’t you cool and heat individual people?” asked Yi Cui, professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford University.

Putting on or taking off articles of clothing works to keep a body cool or warm within a certain temperature range; outside that range we rely on heating systems and A/C to keep us comfortable. But what if one garment did both the heating and the cooling?

Cui’s colleague and postdoctoral fellow…

Continue

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At 4:38pm on August 6, 2014, Better Buildings Support said…

Welcome to the Better Buildings Residential Network group. We encourage you to share ideas, exchange materials, and connect with others about topics in energy efficiency. You can also register for a Peer Exchange Call or view call summaries.

 

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At 12:03pm on June 14, 2013, Dan Antonioli said…

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

Dan

At 10:35pm on April 4, 2011, David Eggleton said…
Jim, where/how do you discuss "the interface between science and religion/spirituality?"  I'd like to drop in.
 
 
 

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