“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
Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 30, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments
HPC, formerly ACI, is excited to come back to Saragota Springs for 2 days of sessions, exhibits and networking. HPC brings together industry leaders, fellow weatherization professionals, home performance contracting businesses, program administrators, and others working in…Continue
Added by Home Performance Coalition on November 30, 2017 at 10:24am — No Comments
Added by Dannie Jackson on November 23, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments
According to the IICRC S520 “Molds are microorganisms that utilize organic substrates as nutrient sources in the presence of moisture.” Well, to put it more simply: molds are little organisms that like to grow on wet, organic materials (A.K.A. wood floors, dirt, and drywall).
Mold doesn't grow on inorganic materials; However, it can grow on the dirt present on the…Continue
Added by Summer Reyes on November 22, 2017 at 4:30pm — No Comments
Hire slow and fire fast. It’s a phrase that experienced managers and human resources professionals live by because many of us have learned the hard way that it only takes one bad hire to put your business into DEFCON Red Alert mode, which unfortunately tends to last weeks or even months after the event. Certainly, robust training programs, quality assurance, employee perks, good pay and an encouraging work environment all contribute to a company’s success, but it’s the human element, the…Continue
Added by David Byrnes on November 19, 2017 at 1:01am — No Comments
According to the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), there are millions of workers in the country creating homes that are more energy efficient, and safer and more comfortable to live in. In fact, the Department of Energy puts that number at more than 2-million people working for energy…Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on November 15, 2017 at 2:35pm — No Comments
You know water is somewhere on the property, you can smell the mildew, but can't determine the source of the leak. So how do you find water that you can't see? As a water damage restoration company, one of our most important tools in our arsenal is an FLIR camera, or an infrared camera. …Continue
Added by Summer Reyes on November 10, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments
From the OmStout Blog
My experience has shown that focusing on payback is usually one of the least effective ways to motivate homeowners to invest in projects that save energy. Other motivators like comfort, healthier homes, lower bills (yes,…Continue
Added by Mike Rogers on November 9, 2017 at 12:54pm — No Comments
There is a growing number of labels, scores, and certifications in the market today that assign a metric of performance to existing and new homes that include energy efficiency features. Some residential scores and labels are national, like Home Energy Score, but many are local or regional, like our friends at Pearl Home Certification (which you can read more…Continue
Added by Home Performance Coalition on November 9, 2017 at 8:47am — No Comments
October will long be remembered in Northern California, where wildfires destroyed over 8,000 structures, killed scores, and forever changed Sonoma and Napa counties. Survivors face new threats and hazards seldom addressed in design-build magazines and chat rooms.
We instinctually fear flames from…Continue
Rulemaking Docket on Senate Bill 150 (2017) - Docket No. 17-08023
Nevada has enacted exciting new legislation to reform and modernize its energy efficiency programs. On October 24, 2017, HPC filed comments on Docket No. 17-08023 – to help the Nevada Public Utilities Commission begin implementation of SB 150, the Nevada Energy Efficiency Act.
As Nevada begins the implementation of SB 150, HPC respectfully requested that the Public Utilities Commission (PUC)…Continue
Added by Home Performance Coalition on November 1, 2017 at 1:41pm — No Comments