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 available for purchase through the website…Continue
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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…Continue
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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.
The similarities between…
Added by Shane S on January 30, 2018 at 5:30am — No Comments
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 programs to maximize every dollar spent on incentives. Good data…Continue
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...for the Linda Wigington Leadership Award
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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 important, and that was our meeting with Senator Van Hollen (D-MD).
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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-…Continue
Added by Alfie Davis on January 24, 2018 at 7:44am — No Comments
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
Added by Veronica Pembleton on January 24, 2018 at 7:10am — No Comments
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…Continue
When I woke up Saturday morning, the temperature outdoors was -40 degrees†. The wind chill was -100 degrees! It was just unbelievably, impossibly, inhumanly cold outside. Fortunately, that was on a mountaintop in New…Continue
I am always impressed with the work of Susan Shelton and the Shelton Group. So an email message with the subject line from her office, “Age, religion & environmental messaging: what works?” immediately caught my attention.
In an Eco Pulse special report, “United We Understand,” the Shelton Group digs into their research on how best to reach an audience about environmental concerns. An associate of Shelton, Lea Ann Head,…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 12, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments
This year’s hurricane season is the most expensive on record, with $202.6 billion in damages according to Bloomberg. These storms across the Atlantic had devastating impacts on people’s lives and homes, on communities, and on infrastructure in the hardest-hit areas.
In fact, the damage…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 11, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments
In a previous blog, The Latest Trend in Home Performance: Why You Should Be Concerned, I expressed some concerns about a recent trend in home performance of contractors focusing on the health benefits of retrofits as the primary selling point for an…Continue
After a recent successful post on LinkedIn, where I was promoting the hiring of apprentices from our Vocational Schools, I decided to do a bit of research that should not be too surprising to those of us within the HVAC and Plumbing industries. If you are in fact looking to make a career change or commitment this year - please read below and consider a fast growing, high reward job in the…Continue