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Applications of Extruded Aluminium Sections

Aluminium extrusions have become popular throughout the world and are extensively used in construction and various manufacturing industries. The use of ferrous metals in a number of engineering and technology projects today has been replaced by aluminium and stainless steel. Being a strong yet lightweight metal has made the aluminium so popular in the manufacturing industry. Another reason is its ability to resist corrosion.

Listed below are a number of sectors where…

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Added by Alfie Davis on February 27, 2018 at 3:04am — No Comments

New HVAC Duct repair kit

Our company is looking for someone/group/company that would like to test our new Duct Sealants Kit ( www.DuctSealantsKit.com ) in order to receive some preliminary feedback before we launch in May. See video of our work on this idea back in 2014. https://vimeo.com/104866223

Added by William Collins on February 26, 2018 at 11:52am — No Comments

How We Turned Our House into a Giant Foam Box, Part I — Wall Insulation By Wen Lee

Chris Stratton and Wen Lee are a husband-and-wife team living in the Los Angeles area who are DIY converting their suburban house into an all-electric zero net energy home via superinsulation,…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 21, 2018 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Moving New York Forward on Energy Efficiency in 2018

Along with nine other organizations, HPC submitted this letter - "Moving New York Forward on Energy Efficiency in 2018" 

The Goals: Harness the market for energy efficiency to create jobs while implementing Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and his commitment to energy efficiency in the 2018 State of the State Address. Accelerate the achievement of the Mission Outcomes of NYSERDA’s Strategic Outlook (2018-2021): Toward a Clean Energy Future and…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on February 21, 2018 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

From Philly to DC: Join Us on Capitol Hill

By now you have probably heard – as part of this year’s HPC National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show in Philadelphia, we are hosting a federal lobby day in DC! We will leave the conference a day early, take a bus down to DC, and meet with key lawmakers to share your story and explain why sound energy efficiency policy matters.

We already have a few sessions on policy…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on February 21, 2018 at 8:21am — No Comments

6 Tips to Pick Out The Best Solar Outdoor Lights

You have a beautiful home in Florida and plan to add a little sparkle to your front garden, patio, driveway, or backyard. It is your peaceful haven, where you have been living for years and now want to add some subtle yet dramatic changes with outdoor solar lighting. It is nothing but adding a figment of your creativity and imagination to your lawn or balcony where you love to breathe the fresh air after a hard day at work. Fortunately, the local weather in the…

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Added by Sara Watson on February 20, 2018 at 5:58am — No Comments

Framing production combined with air sealing

Building Tighter Homes with Gasketed Framing

If you follow our blog, you know that we talk quite a bit about building science. In fact, we wrote a primer on how builders can use building science to produce more durable, comfortable, and energy-efficient homes. We also share…

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Added by Michael Schettine on February 15, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Home Performance Coalition Calls on Congress to Support Federal Energy Efficiency Programs

Today, President Trump released his budget for fiscal year (FY) 2019, which includes a significant cut in funding for residential energy efficiency programs at the Department of Energy (DOE). The Weatherization Assistance Program, Energy STAR, and the State Energy Program are zeroed out completely in the President’s budget.

DOE’s residential energy efficiency programs are vital to advancing the…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on February 12, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Getting the right ventilation in the EfW Sector

Ventilation is the EfW  (Energy From Waste) sector is one of the biggest hurdles that planners and safety advisers have to face. In fact, ventilation is rarely as important as it is it this sector. Afterall, it produces a plethora of hazardous gasses, such as methane and carbon monoxide and hydrogen.

 

Any areas which contain these gases, special attention is required and the correct…

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Added by Bethany Pembrook on February 9, 2018 at 4:19am — No Comments

Andrew Scatizzi- Stick to the Basics in New Construction

Thousands of energy models for newly constructed single family homes is a treasure trove of information if you’re like me and have a zealous obsession with cutting kilowatt-hours. As the utility company, we pay monetary incentives to builders that construct homes above an energy baseline, which in 2017 was a mixture of codes and measures from 2009 and 2015 IECC, with the overall goal of cutting peak demand and electricity consumption. The one overarching theme after reading through thousands…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 6, 2018 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

Arkin Tilt Architects to Make Plan Sets for Straw Bale Homes Available for Free to Victims of California Wildfires

San Francisco Bay Area based Arkin Tilt Architects (ATA) has designed dozens of structures that utilize straw bales for insulation in their walls; the plans for two have been…

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Added by Leslie Jackson on January 31, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

HPC Files Comments to Four Illinois Utilities' Energy Efficiency Plans

On January 29, 2018, the Home Performance Coalition submitted comments on four Illinois investor owned utilities’ energy efficiency plans. Comments on the Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas and Peoples Gas Plans were submitted through the Illinois Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Advisory Group which reports its evaluations to the Illinois Commerce Commission.…
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Added by Home Performance Coalition on January 31, 2018 at 9:36am — No Comments

Featuring the Fundamentals Track as part of the 2018 National Home Performance Conference!

The National Home Performance Conference is where home performance and weatherization professionals gather to hear what’s new in the industry, learning from a diverse group of presenters, discussing cutting edge content and advanced building science techniques for experienced attendees. But at the heart of the conference is providing education that lays a solid groundwork…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on January 31, 2018 at 9:35am — No Comments

How To Choose The Best Smart Smoke Alarm

Although old-fashioned smoke detectors have functioned as a wine warning system for decades, they can be somewhat annoying with the potential for false alarms and low-battery chirping. The addition of smart smoke alarms to your home can add to your safety and peace of mind (by sending you a remote notification if something goes wrong). It all comes gown, however, to choosing the right device for your home and your needs.

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The similarities between…

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Added by Shane S on January 30, 2018 at 5:30am — No Comments

Will Data Save Home Performance?

Having a good way to measure efficiency is valuable to the home performance industry for many reasons. Easy to obtain, low cost, accurate savings data can be used to better educate consumers, close sales and help crews use their time more effectively when installing upgrades. Accurate data enables rebate…

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Added by Efficiency First California on January 29, 2018 at 1:03am — No Comments

Taking Nominations NOW!

...for the Linda Wigington Leadership Award

The Home Performance Coalition believes in celebrating the individuals who are making an impact on the home performance and weatherization industries — the innovators, the trail blazers, and the tireless leaders whose vision and dedication have strengthened the industry.
The Linda Wigington Leadership Award, presented at the…
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Added by Home Performance Coalition on January 24, 2018 at 9:40am — No Comments

Advocacy Matters! Join us for Contractor Lobby Day 2018.

Last fall, a group of Maryland contractors hit the Hill to meet with legislators and their staff. Our goal was simple – to educate lawmakers on what we do and why it matters, and explain what types of policies can help our businesses grow. One meeting we had turned out to be particularly…

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Added by Home Performance Coalition on January 24, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Some Important Reasons to Choose Fireplace Inserts

Installing a proper fireplace insert is the most popular practice among people who generally have open fireplace and chimney. They are widely used to improve both fuel efficiency and heat providing striking central point to a room. The main reason for installing a fireplace insert is that it provides environment-friendly alternative heating option by increasing the heat production in a room and providing protection from harmful combustion. If you are currently in search of an environment-…

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Added by Alfie Davis on January 24, 2018 at 7:44am — No Comments

Choosing the Best Battery for Solar Panel System

When picking your best battery for a solar panel system, there are certain specs that you need to use when reviewing your options. Things like how long they last for and more important how much power they can provide. This article is here to help you assess your home energy options as well as the solar batteries on offer.

 

How to Compare Your Solar Options

 

As you…

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Added by Veronica Pembleton on January 24, 2018 at 7:10am — No Comments

Updating Guest Bathroom With Energy Efficient Options

Undergoing a renovation in search of energy efficiency would chill some people to the bone. Not us, we were ready to plan and enact some changes on an outdated bathroom. Follow along and let us hear some of your tips and renovation stories in the comments. 

Wether the implications are that of energy saving for the wealth of the planet, or like…

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Added by Ryan T De La Rosa on January 23, 2018 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

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