In all the discussions about how to best save energy and power the future, people sometimes forget that the clean energy system of tomorrow will be built not on spreadsheets or by some fancy computer modeling tool, but by hardworking crews in the field. These folks often don’t get enough credit for what…Continue
Added by Efficiency First California on June 5, 2018 at 11:34am — No Comments
When it comes to energy, society is at a crossroads. Our existing supplies are heavily based on fossil fuels, a limited and dirty solution. There is no question that we must transition to a cleaner and more sustainable future. Fortunately, there are alternatives…Continue
Added by Efficiency First California on May 1, 2018 at 3:59pm — No Comments
It’s a common practice to try to encourage or change behavior with incentives. Parents do it all the time. Have you ever agreed to do something for the reward that was promised upon completion? Finished your dinner so you could have ice cream? Or as Pink Floyd famously sang “how can you have any pudding if…Continue
We’re taking a departure from the goings on at the state capital and will instead focus on some events that are occurring across the state of California.
The landscape for energy efficiency incentive programs in California is changing. Late last year, a program in Southern California…Continue
Added by Efficiency First California on March 18, 2018 at 9:30pm — No Comments
There is some debate among scholars over when humans first learned to control fire. A large body of evidence suggests people have been using it for around 600,000 years, but recent discoveries have pushed the date back to as far as 1 million years ago. Regardless of when exactly it started, there is no…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Efficiency First California on January 29, 2018 at 1:03am — 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
In an effort to provide more comprehensive services to the people we serve, especially low-income populations, Elevate is working towards identifying and solving home-based health hazards that we discover while doing energy efficiency work. These home-base health hazards are often a barrier to weatherization for our low- to moderate-income homeowners. To support this work,…Continue
Added by Amber Vignieri on October 28, 2016 at 11:19am — No Comments
A Perfect Residential Building Enclosure
Buildings fail. It's a harsh reality, but they do, and for many different reasons. Two pretty common ways are by falling down, and by making the people in them sick. There is a long list of other reasons, but this post is focused on these two.
I am going to…Continue
High Performance Tiny House, an Experiment
In graduate school, I chose to focus on the work of Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, during a study abroad trip. One of the buildings that stood out, was his …Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on January 11, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments
Building Science is Worthless...
Thousands of hours went in this construction detail. When we factor all the time spent by building science engineers, from all over the world,…Continue
Homeowners are often aware of the different problems they experience in their homes: uncomfortable rooms, high utility bills, poor indoor air quality, etc. However, homeowners are generally unfamiliar with the concept of Home Performance, the Whole House approach, and how energy efficiency upgrades can address these concerns. We regularly hear these stories and find that by listening, asking the right questions, educating, and providing guidance, we can help homeowners feel…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
By Johnny Ritzo
Originally Posted at Efficiency Law Review
There has been considerable speculation about how the mandatory budget cuts, known as the sequester, will impact key government functions beginning March 1, 2013. Primary concern has focused…Continue
The following post was written by MEEA Program Manager Will Baker
Currently, The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) is assisting the Missouri Department of Natural Resources’ Division of Energy (MDNR-DE) in facilitating a stakeholder process to develop a state-specific voluntary home energy certification program. Previously, MEEA completed similar tasks for the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) as a…Continue
We know energy efficiency can save the world, but can it save a marriage?
Leave it to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) to take on that question. The agency is known for its vanguard energy research. But it is one thing to produce papers on topics like ‘Air Bypass in Vertical Stack Water Source Heat Pumps’ and another to delve into what a cold room can do to a new marriage.
That’s the premise behind Irreconcilable Temperatures, a…Continue
Illinois Home Performance has had an exciting month and the program is pleased to announce that it has reached the following milestones:
* MEEA, on behalf of DCEO, is seeking applications for training providers for its Building Science Training Series (BSTS) classes in program year 2012-13. Courses in this year’s BSTS will educate Illinois contractors about the technical and business aspects of the home performance industry and will provide BPI CEUs to…Continue
Added by Andrew Navolio on October 22, 2012 at 3:15pm — No Comments
Reposted from the Energy Circle blog -- http://www.energycircle.com/blog.Continue
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a cool draft was freezing, to wake up the mouse.
The owner called a contractor with knowledge so rare,
In hopes that great comfort soon would be there.
The children were nestled all snug in their bed,
With nary a cough or a cold in their heads.
And Momma in her Kerchief and I in my cap
Had just settled down for a long winters nap.
When from my neighbor there a rose such a…Continue