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New Study Measures Impact of Energy Efficient Features On Home Sale Prices in Phoenix

City of Phoenix, APS and RESNET Join Pearl Certification and HomeSmart In Launching Innovative Home Energy Efficiency Plan

Pearl Certification, the City of Phoenix, APS, RESNET and HomeSmart…


Added by Pearl Certification on January 15, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Looking Forward to the 116th Congress

By: Kara Saul-Rinaldi, Vice President of Government Affairs & Policy

On January 3, 2019, the members of the 116th Congress were officially sworn in. With many new members and a shift of power in the House of Representatives will come new opportunities, as well as new challenges.

Democrats will now hold the committee…


Added by Home Performance Coalition on January 14, 2019 at 10:30am — No Comments

HPC Works With Stakeholders To Improve New York State Residential Energy Efficiency Programs

By: Joe Cullen, Director of Policy & State Outreach

As part of a coalition of residential energy efficiency organizations including the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. (AEA), …


Added by Home Performance Coalition on January 9, 2019 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

Explaining Air Sealing and Ventilation to Homeowners

Your clients are likely to have misconceptions about tight houses. Some folks think that houses shouldn’t be tight, that they “need to breathe.” Certainly there have been cases where air-sealing a house has done more harm than good. But just because something has been done incorrectly in the past doesn’t mean that it shouldn’t be done or that it can’t be done correctly. When air sealing produces undesirable results, it’s usually because we have either failed to identify and treat…


Added by David Keefe on January 7, 2019 at 1:00pm — 4 Comments

Chicago Exceeds Better Buildings Goal


Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 3, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Role of Digital Marketing Tactics in Your Sales Funnel

Whether you’re launching a new service within your HVAC, home performance or solar company, or you’re looking to revitalize your company’s overall marketing strategy, it’s important to understand the purpose of every tactic in your digital marketing arsenal.

You may have been surprised to learn in…


Added by Energy Circle on November 21, 2018 at 9:00am — No Comments

Adios and Fare-thee-well to Mike Rogers by Peter Troast

The cause of better homes and better contracting businesses lost its biggest champion this week. Our colleague and friend Mike Rogers succumbed to a horrible and rare form of cancer that appeared suddenly and acted swiftly. There is a hole in the universe today larger than the Grand Canyon that he loved so much.

An outsider looking in would say Mike was an enigma—a policy/industry visionary, incredibly exact person in business, and utter goofball. He didn’t care much what people…


Added by Chris Davis on December 20, 2018 at 11:00am — 4 Comments

Converting A South Facing Window Into A Solar Space Heating Panel

View 3D model !!

 A south facing window in any Passive Solar House design can be optimized by using a flat black metal shade to create a solar space heating panel…


Added by Dannie Jackson on December 14, 2018 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Data Driven Market Transformation: Or How to Score Cheap Concert Tickets

When my fifteen-year-old son returned with a concert ticket in one hand and cash in the other, that’s when I knew he would probably be ok in this world. He had decided last minute to tag along to go see Jason Isbell in concert. He didn’t have a ticket, but we knew the show wasn’t sold out. But we also knew that being a teenager without a job, he didn’t…


Added by Pearl Certification on December 13, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

A Comprehensive Content Strategy: Creating Content That Supports a New Service Launch

With so much product innovation happening in HVAC and solar, many companies are adding new services like battery storage or ductless heat pumps. With all the coordination and planning it takes to purchase the correct equipment, polish off your certifications, and nail down pricing, it is easy to forget that your website should reflect your new…


Added by Energy Circle on December 6, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

New Appraisal Study to Determine Impact of Energy Efficient Features on Home Values

One Home, One Community,

One City at a Time! 

Pearl Certification is excited to announce a new chapter in its partnership with HomeSmart International to help Phoenix homeowners capture incremental value of their energy efficient, solar and other performance upgrades when they…


Added by Pearl Certification on November 29, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Are You Speaking the Same Language As Your Customers?

Jargon and technical terms are a part of everyday life in the home performance, solar and HVAC industries.

See? I’ve already used an acronym that my own mother didn’t know when I brought it up at the Thanksgiving dinner table. If you’re a heating and air conditioning contractor, “HVAC” may be how you describe the scope of your services; but we…


Added by Energy Circle on November 29, 2018 at 10:30am — No Comments

New Zero-Energy Homes Almost to Cost Parity, While Codes & Incentives Help Cross the Finish Line—By RMI's Alisa Petersen

If you had a choice between building new homes that meet basic standards and building comfortable, healthy homes that dramatically cut energy bills, which would you prefer? How about if the low-energy homes cost the same (or nearly the same) as a standard home to build? If the cost is relatively equal, shouldn’t every new home be built this…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 27, 2018 at 3:30pm — 1 Comment

In Memory of Ken Tohinaka

Lately, I've been writing occasional articles for our Home Performance contractors.  For this post, I'm skipping the usual technical advice and focusing instead on an industry leader who recently left us.

This is the sixth edition of Efficiency Vermont’s “Thoughts of Home” series as written by Dave Keefe. It is intended for building science…


Added by David Keefe on November 26, 2018 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

The Home Depot Rebate Program

As part of an ongoing effort to bring you value beyond our work in industry education, advocacy, and publication, we have partnered with The Home Depot and Building Performance…


Added by Home Performance Coalition on November 27, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Top US Cities Considered the Most Energy Efficient, by Sandra Wood

Many people recognize the need for increased efforts to reduce energy consumption and make communities cleaner. As cities strive to reduce pollution and conserve energy, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy has recognized the ones making the largest strides in this area.

Based on their scores on the…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 19, 2018 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Role of Facebook (& other social media) for HVAC, Home Performance, and Solar

If you are a business owner, no matter the industry, you’ve likely heard armchair marketing advice akin to “Oh, you’ve got to be active on social media these days.” And while this isn’t entirely false for HVAC, home performance and solar companies (we still strongly recommend it and manage social media campaigns for our clients), it’s time to “put…


Added by Energy Circle on November 14, 2018 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

The AC Doesn't Work and Here's Why

All the solar in the world won't keep you comfortable.

Written because "insulation" and "airtightness" won't officially be mandated by code until the 2015 IECC is adopted here in Hawaii in March 2019, so we have a good…


Added by Blake Reid on November 5, 2018 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments

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