I am in San Diego for the Energy Out West conference (see photo), and I want to write about it, but while it is fresh in my mind I want to fill you in on my latest Energy Upgrade California experience first.
Before getting on a plane for San Diego, Bill Stewart of Stewart Heating and Air…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 16, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Own or manage a non-residential building over 250,000 square feet in Chicago?
Chicago energy benchmarking begins! We’ve got the basics to help building owners get started.
Professional and public interest groups from around Chicago, including Elevate Energy, have come together to support building owners and managers in energy benchmarking and efficiency improvement opportunities. You have access to:
Added by Melissa Ulbricht on April 10, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments
The Building America Program is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on needs and opportunities for large data collection for energy efficiency projects. The webinar will focus on specific Building America projects that are looking to gather and analyze large bodies of data on new and existing homes, and will feature opportunities for industry to collaborate with researchers to gather and analyze valuable data.
Presenters and specific topics for this webinar will…Continue
Added by Stacy Hunt on April 9, 2014 at 2:47pm — No Comments
When setting out to build an efficient house, the elephant in the room is air tightness. Industry is resisting mandated air tightness testing if thresholds are introduced meanwhile building codes are ratcheting up efficiency on all fronts except air tightness. Having debunked the myth that “a house needs to breath” its becoming painfully obvious to any building scientist that the lowest hanging fruit on the efficiency tree isn’t geothermal but simply producing a more air tight…Continue
Added by Greg Labbe on April 9, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments
Our furnace is approaching 25 years old and we have no cooling capabilities, so my wife Michele and I are looking into buying some new equipment before the temperature climbs this summer. I am especially interested in installing a mini-split heat pump, which would allow us to get rid of the ductwork and…
Air Conditioning can be 44% of residential peak electrical load in California. It makes sense to understand how to get true performance. Rob "Doc" Falke is outstanding and leads us in most high performance http://contractingbusiness.com/archive/practical-standards-measure-hvac-system-performance . …Continue
Added by Mike Muras on April 4, 2014 at 8:10am — No Comments
80 percent of Minneapolis’s housing stock was built before World War II, but 40 percent of these homes have never upgraded their wall insulation. After investigating barriers to completing efficiency projects, CEE’s latest report, Energy Fit Homes, proposes awarding a certificate to homes that achieve basic efficiency standards.
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Added by Bijou Lulla on April 1, 2014 at 3:53pm — No Comments
One of the best troubleshooting instruments is our mind. Our brains are amazing "problem solvers". Selling the "fix" to our customers is another story...
Added by Mike Muras on April 1, 2014 at 1:04pm — No Comments
Microgrids may be the future of the North American electric grid, but when will that future arrive – especially for the homeowner? A team led by Ontario utility PowerStream is trying to find out with a new test project.
“A lot of the microgrid projects that you read about are typically large projects, hundreds of kilowatts, megawatts, running a whole university, a whole hospital, a whole military base,” said Mario Bottero, co-founder and president…Continue
My skills are developed in many positive ways which are impacted and guided by www.HVACRedu.net 's excellent Workforce Development. As I work through projects, I am completing them with much improved energy efficiency and quality for my customers. I have more knowledge and I understand more of what's around me. This makes me feel good. Thank you HVACRedu.net .
Added by Mike Muras on March 28, 2014 at 9:38am — No Comments
Exposure to kitchen pollutants is a significant and overlooked health hazard in homes. The home performance industry pays great attention to protecting against exposures to combustion pollutants from water heaters and furnaces, but very little attention to an unvented combustion device that is used nearly every day: the…Continue
Almost two years ago I posted a blog about the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA); ARRA, or the “Stimulus Bill”, has gotten pilloried in the media as a colossal failure and waste of taxpayer dollars. But if you would take the time to do a little research, you would see that most of the coverage has been far from the truth.
Because of ARRA’s support for DOE’s Weatherization…Continue
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Sponsor Guide and Reference Manual (v1.5) (Sponsor Guide), a technical operations guide for the national Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program.
First conceptually introduced at the 2012 ACI National Home Performance conference in Baltimore, Md., the Sponsor Guide is the result of more than…
Added by Cortney Krauss on March 19, 2014 at 1:55pm — No Comments
After years of telling friends, "When we remodel our house to Passive House standards we will use 80% less energy than similar homes in the area," and crossing our fingers that the data proved out, we are delighted to share with you our first year's energy data for living in Midori Haus.
What is Midori Haus? The name simply means "green house" since Midori is the Japanese word for green and Haus is the German spelling for house. The house was originally built in 1922, a…Continue
An email came from Faith Morgan with a link to a documentary film called “Passive House Revolution,” produced by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It was a busy day, but I thought I could use a break from words, so I left the stack of unopened emails for a while and watched the film. I’m glad that I did.…Continue
There is a lot of news flow on investor interest on raising funds for solar loans, but not much attention has been paid to - what constitutes an ‘attractive interest rate’ to make homeowners ‘jump’ to make that solar investment.
Supply Side First
Lets focus on the resource side; the benchmark for raising ‘low cost’ institutional funds lies will be SolarCity’s…Continue
Weatherization is about more than just energy efficiency. It has always been about the health and comfort of the weatherized home’s occupants as well. For a long time these benefits of weatherization have been called “non-energy benefits.” But the health effects of weatherization have now taken pride of place alongside energy benefits. Now there is new research showing increased health and well being among families whose homes have been weatherized. A recent Home Energy article—available…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on March 13, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments