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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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Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for Mainstream Markets

By Alisa Petersen and Michael GartmanZero-energy (ZE) homes—efficient homes that produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year—are often marketed as luxury homes, only available to the select few that are willing to pay a significant premium to do the right thing for the environment. In keeping with this luxury perception, research shows these homes are often more comfortable and healthier than conventional homes for a variety of reasons. Mainstream media…See More
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Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for Mainstream Markets

By Alisa Petersen and Michael GartmanZero-energy (ZE) homes—efficient homes that produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year—are often marketed as luxury homes, only available to the select few that are willing to pay a significant premium to do the right thing for the environment. In keeping with this luxury perception, research shows these homes are often more comfortable and healthier than conventional homes for a variety of reasons. Mainstream media…See More
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Redefining Home Performance in the 21st Century, How the Smart Home Could Revolutionize the Industry and Transform the Home-to-Grid Connection

Today, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) calls on policymakers, industry leaders, energy program managers and contractors to redefine home energy performance to include smart technology, smart homes.  In “Redefining Home Performance in the 21stCentury, How the Smart Home Could Revolutionize the Industry and Transform the Home-to-Grid Connection,” HPC asserts that America’s homes are key…See More
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Redefining Home Performance in the 21st Century, How the Smart Home Could Revolutionize the Industry and Transform the Home-to-Grid Connection

Today, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) calls on policymakers, industry leaders, energy program managers and contractors to redefine home energy performance to include smart technology, smart homes.  In “Redefining Home Performance in the 21stCentury, How the Smart Home Could Revolutionize the Industry and Transform the Home-to-Grid Connection,” HPC asserts that America’s homes are key…See More
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More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—Grow Homes

Joe Clark and Martha Wudka of Evergreen Economics did a study in which "getting into the weeds (or weed)" was the whole point. Since marijuana is becoming legal in state after state, they wanted to zero in on the energy use in "grow homes". These are homes where residents grow marijuana for personal use. The biggest energy use gain? Lighting to grow the plants indoors.Here is the abstract from the paper that was presented at the 2018 ACEEE Summer Study of Energy in Buildings, followed by a link…See More
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More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—Grow Homes

Joe Clark and Martha Wudka of Evergreen Economics did a study in which "getting into the weeds (or weed)" was the whole point. Since marijuana is becoming legal in state after state, they wanted to zero in on the energy use in "grow homes". These are homes where residents grow marijuana for personal use. The biggest energy use gain? Lighting to grow the plants indoors.Here is the abstract from the paper that was presented at the 2018 ACEEE Summer Study of Energy in Buildings, followed by a link…See More
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Brett Little commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—Builder-Installed Electric Loads
"Ive got one of those stupid street lights! When I bought the house I was like how do you shut that off? They said, you don't, it get's real dark out there. My mind was blown and now I need an electrician to fix it!  I agree…"
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More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—Builder-Installed Electric Loads

You probably never considered the power consumption of those Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets (fondly known as GFCIs) in bathrooms, kitchens, and other residential wet spots. But Leo Rainer and his colleagues did and they measured them.  He also measured hard-wired smoke alarms, Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)…See More
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Jim Gunshinan posted a blog post

More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—Builder-Installed Electric Loads

You probably never considered the power consumption of those Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets (fondly known as GFCIs) in bathrooms, kitchens, and other residential wet spots. But Leo Rainer and his colleagues did and they measured them.  He also measured hard-wired smoke alarms, Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs)…See More
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Two Friends of Summer Study

The following profile first appeared in the Grapevine, a daily newsletter produced by Home Energy Magazine staff at the biannual ACEEE Summer Study in Buildings, heald at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.Steve Greenberg and Danny Parker have been attending the ACEEE Summer Study separately…See More
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Jim Gunshinan posted a blog post

Two Friends of Summer Study

The following profile first appeared in the Grapevine, a daily newsletter produced by Home Energy Magazine staff at the biannual ACEEE Summer Study in Buildings, heald at the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California.Steve Greenberg and Danny Parker have been attending the ACEEE Summer Study separately…See More
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Some "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study! PV Marries Heat Pump, by Danny Parker, Florida Solar Energy Center

Reducing energy use for heating hot water remains a major challenge around the world. This paper describes a novel solar photovoltaic assisted heat pump water heater (PV-HPWH) which achieved an 83% reduction (COP 5.4) in water heating energy compared with electric resistance. This technology demonstrates very large potential…See More
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Some "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study! PV Marries Heat Pump, by Danny Parker, Florida Solar Energy Center

Reducing energy use for heating hot water remains a major challenge around the world. This paper describes a novel solar photovoltaic assisted heat pump water heater (PV-HPWH) which achieved an 83% reduction (COP 5.4) in water heating energy compared with electric resistance. This technology demonstrates very large potential…See More
Aug 6
Chris Stratton commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Our First Year with Solar Panels, by Chris Stratton
"@Leo Wow it sounds like you have quite the PV array. Can't quite discern, but sounds like you're close to (or at?) ZNE? As for the 76 kWh/month, I feel the same way when I read that the average US household consumes over 22,000 kWh a year:…"
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Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for Mainstream Markets

Posted on October 16, 2018 at 2:41pm 0 Comments

By Alisa Petersen and Michael Gartman

Zero-energy (ZE) homes—efficient homes that produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year—are often marketed as luxury homes, only available to the select few that are willing to pay a significant premium to do the right thing for the environment. In keeping with this luxury perception, research shows these homes are often more comfortable and healthier than conventional homes for a variety of…

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Redefining Home Performance in the 21st Century, How the Smart Home Could Revolutionize the Industry and Transform the Home-to-Grid Connection

Posted on October 4, 2018 at 7:06pm 0 Comments

Today, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) calls on policymakers, industry leaders, energy program managers and contractors to redefine home energy performance to include smart technology, smart homes.  In “Redefining Home Performance in the 21stCentury, How the Smart Home Could Revolutionize the Industry and Transform the Home-to-Grid Connection,” HPC asserts that America’s…

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More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—Grow Homes

Posted on September 24, 2018 at 5:30pm 0 Comments

Joe Clark and Martha Wudka of Evergreen Economics did a study in which "getting into the weeds (or weed)" was the whole point. Since marijuana is becoming legal in state after state, they wanted to zero in on the energy use in "grow homes". These are homes where residents grow marijuana for personal use. The biggest energy use gain? Lighting to grow the plants indoors.

Here is the abstract from the paper that was presented at the 2018 ACEEE Summer Study of Energy in Buildings,…

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More "Buzz" from ACEEE Summer Study—Builder-Installed Electric Loads

Posted on September 6, 2018 at 8:30pm 1 Comment

You probably never considered the power consumption of those Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter outlets (fondly known as GFCIs) in bathrooms, kitchens, and other residential wet spots. But Leo Rainer and his colleagues did and they measured them.  He also measured hard-wired smoke alarms, Arc-Fault Circuit…

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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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