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What's In a Name?

Posted by Jim Gunshinan on November 18, 2019 at 4:56pm 0 Comments

A magazine by any other name would smell as sweet. (My sincerest apology to William Shakespeare.)

That’s a little over the top. But the point is, even though Home Energy will undergo the second name change in its history—it was called Energy Auditor and Retrofitter at its inception in 1984 and a few years later…

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The Philosophy of Good Plumbing

Posted by Larry Weingarten on November 15, 2019 at 1:07pm 0 Comments

There are, or should be some guiding lights to follow when designing and building good plumbing systems. The basic concepts are simple.

  1. The system should meet the needs and wants of the occupants.
  2. The system must be safe.
  3. The system should be very energy and water efficient.
  4. The system should be simple and durable.

 

The first point sounds simple, but did you know that over 70% of the hot water draws in most homes…

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Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship for the 2020 International Builders' Show

Posted by Anna Stern on November 12, 2019 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

Scholarship Opportunity: Do you know a young building professional or current student interested in high performance homes and sustainable building? Apply by Nov. 15th to NAHB's Sustainability & Green Building Scholarship for the 2020 International Builders’ Show®. This opportunity provides exposure for students and recent graduates to the world of high performance homes and helps them make the connections to jumpstart their…

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Hot Water Heaven

Posted by Larry Weingarten on October 15, 2019 at 2:46pm 5 Comments

The real world isn't an easy place to be idealistic about hot water systems and what could be.  Many compromises are made in cost, quality, expectation and education.  Money and ego play a part as well.  We'd like to daydream out loud for a bit and share some 'what could be's" and 'only if's" as they relate to hot…

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