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Energy Solutions for a Resilient Future: Q&A with Josh Notes of greeNEWit

Home Energy publisher Tom White recently spoke with Josh Notes, co-founder and managing partner of greeNEWit. Among many other accomplishments, greeNEWit was recognized by the EPA with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Contractor of the Year Award for its outstanding efforts to increase the adoption of energy-efficient products in homes.

greeNEWit, an ENERGY STAR partner since 2009, was honored for helping…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 8, 2017 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Top Safest Ways To Remove Crawl Space Mold

Living in a home with a crawl space can be an adventure some times. And those of us that do have a crawl space know all too well the costly problems that a crawl space can bring. One of the worst of all crawl space problems is mold growth. Crawl spaces can be a breeding ground for mold. The main reason for this is because of the fact that many crawl spaces are prone to moisture and water. Reducing or eliminating…

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Added by Adam Swain on January 30, 2017 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Five Former Solar Decathletes Who Became Entrepreneurs

[This blog was reprinted with permission from the Solar Decathlon Blog.]

It’s no surprise that many of the top-notch students who have participated in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon go on to have successful careers in architecture and engineering. Some become…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 30, 2017 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Fireplaces: The Different Types and Uses

The word “fireplace” conjures up images of an extension of the living room wall; one which houses a space where a stack of wooden logs slowly burn and crackle while giving out a steady stream of heat which is greedily soaked in by the inhabitants of that room. Quite naturally, the fireplace is a characteristic of homes which exist in colder climates, such as many parts of Canada. So naturally, images of a wood-burning fireplace is guaranteed to transport one back to childhood…

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Added by Alfie Davis on January 30, 2017 at 1:35am — No Comments

CPV and PV combinated module





CPV module that insert PV cell in dead space out of focal point may be a perfect area to enhance module overall efficiency over 40% developed by Hanul Solar Energy in Seoul.

Applicable to a monsoon environmental condition that would generate either concentrated sun or…

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Added by EDDIE CHUNG on January 26, 2017 at 8:38pm — 1 Comment

Energy Star Contractor of the Year Award Q&A: AZ Energy Efficient Home

Each year, EPA honors a select group of organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Contractor of the Year is awarded to Home Performance with Energy Star participating contractors who exhibit outstanding professionalism, build strong customer relationships, and apply building science solutions to improve homes.

We were…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 20, 2017 at 4:25pm — 3 Comments

Rock Wool Insulation for Floor of High Performance Tiny House

VIDEO: Foundation and Floor Framing for High Performance Tiny House, Florida

In August of 2016, we posted a video describing the design and construction of the foundation and floor framing of our High Performance Tiny…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on January 12, 2017 at 5:30am — 1 Comment

Multifamily houses retrofit- steam heating system boost

 

Problem scale. Significant, untapped opportunities exist to improve the energy efficiency of the nation’s multifamily housing stock, which accounts annually for more than 100 million tons of carbon emissions and approximately $22 billion in energy expenditures [1]. Most multifamily rental properties were constructed before modern building energy codes were adopted, and existing utility incentive and rebate programs often overlook the…

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Added by Igor Zhadanovsky on January 12, 2017 at 1:30am — No Comments

New Case Study: Arizona Leverages Industry Standards to Improve Home Performance Program

For most American households, a 5-30% savings on energy bills is possible by making home energy upgrades typically identified in a home energy assessment. State and local governments, utilities, and nonprofits across the nation offer programs that allow home owners to upgrade their home to reduce energy use.  Through the Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program Accelerator, DOE is working with partners that offer…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 10, 2017 at 6:30pm — 2 Comments

Asbestos Shingle Nailpoint Debris

A recent study (I have a copy, trying to find a link to full report) found that installation of asbestos shingles on the outside of the home caused the nailpoints to drive asbestos debris inside the wall cavities of homes. Blowing insulation into the walls caused a release of fibers into the air of the home exceeding safe levels.…

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Added by Joseph Burley on January 5, 2017 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Ohio's Most Efficient Rental

Image 1: The 100K project was designed to have a widely open concept. The home includes 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The 850 sq ft floor area allows for an open interior feel with maximum utilization of every inch.

Ohio's Most Efficient Rental…

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Added by Luke Langhals on December 22, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Portland, Oregon Passes Landmark Policy to Disclose Energy Performance to Homebuyers

On December 14, 2016, the Portland City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance requiring home energy scores for single family homes listed for sale. This innovative new policy will help Portland create jobs for its…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 20, 2016 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Charting a Course to Healthier, High-Performance Homes

A home is intimately tied to the health and wellbeing of its residents. It is where people go to take care of themselves and seek comfort. People in the United States spend approximately 70% of their time at home, which means that ensuring homes are a healthy refuge is vitally important.…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 20, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Use Glass in Interiors to Make Your Home Look Chic

Decorating the interiors of your home can be a little tough. There are many things that you must pay attention to, if you want your home to look gorgeous. There are many designs and styles to choose from, and it can be overwhelming when it comes to making a choice. In case you are looking for a trend which…

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Added by Alfie Davis on December 15, 2016 at 3:12am — No Comments

DOE Completes New Consensus-Based Air Conditioner Standards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published new minimum energy efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps today.  The new standards, which are based on a negotiated agreement, will reduce air conditioner and heat pump energy use by about 7%, translating into hundreds of dollars in electricity bill savings for consumers over the life of their equipment.

A federal…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 14, 2016 at 12:38pm — 1 Comment

Emergency Heating Situation Leads to Further Efficiency Upgrades in Morgan Park

In early November 2015, the boiler failed in building manager Chiaka Patterson’s 12-unit multifamily building in the Morgan Park area of Chicago. As winter was quickly approaching, Mrs. Patterson worried about her tenant’s comfort and safety. She reached out to Community Investment Corporation (CIC) to assist her with…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on December 9, 2016 at 10:16am — No Comments

Are low-E glass windows good to install on desert homes?

Energy Efficient Windows That Lower Energy Bills

The technology used in windows continues to deliver energy efficiency upgrades to home performance. One reason is because of its constantly improving solar and thermal performance with advancements such as solar control low-emissivity, or low-e coatings. So, what is low-e glass? And is it a good thing to use in hotter climates like the desert or the tropics? Let’s dive into both of those questions here.



Low-e coatings…

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Added by Joshua Fletcher on December 8, 2016 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Chic New Trends in Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen is one of the most functional areas of the house.  If you are a new home owner or you are renovating your kitchen, you need to know what the ongoing trend is in kitchen remodeling.  Are you wondering what the new recipe of chic kitchen decor is? Modern minimalism is…

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Added by Alfie Davis on December 8, 2016 at 12:44am — 1 Comment

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