January 2018 Blog Posts (15)

Arkin Tilt Architects to Make Plan Sets for Straw Bale Homes Available for Free to Victims of California Wildfires

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…


Added by Leslie Jackson on January 31, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

HPC Files Comments to Four Illinois Utilities' Energy Efficiency Plans

On January 29, 2018, the Home Performance Coalition submitted comments on four Illinois investor owned utilities’ energy efficiency plans. Comments on the Ameren Illinois, ComEd, Nicor Gas and Peoples Gas Plans were submitted through the Illinois Energy Efficiency Stakeholder Advisory Group which reports its evaluations to the Illinois Commerce Commission.…

Added by Building Performance Association on January 31, 2018 at 9:36am — No Comments

Featuring the Fundamentals Track as part of the 2018 National Home Performance Conference!

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…


Added by Building Performance Association on January 31, 2018 at 9:35am — No Comments

How To Choose The Best Smart Smoke Alarm

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.

Device Categories

The similarities between…


Added by Shane S on January 30, 2018 at 5:30am — No Comments

Will Data Save Home Performance?

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…


Added by Efficiency First California on January 29, 2018 at 1:03am — No Comments

Taking Nominations NOW!

...for the Linda Wigington Leadership Award

The Home Performance Coalition believes in celebrating the individuals who are making an impact on the home performance and weatherization industries — the innovators, the trail blazers, and the tireless leaders whose vision and dedication have strengthened the industry.
The Linda Wigington Leadership Award, presented at the…

Added by Building Performance Association on January 24, 2018 at 9:40am — No Comments

Advocacy Matters! Join us for Contractor Lobby Day 2018.

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).



Added by Building Performance Association on January 24, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Some Important Reasons to Choose Fireplace Inserts

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-…


Added by Alfie Davis on January 24, 2018 at 7:44am — No Comments

Choosing the Best Battery for Solar Panel System

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


As you…


Added by Veronica Pembleton on January 24, 2018 at 7:10am — No Comments

Updating Guest Bathroom With Energy Efficient Options

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…


Added by Ryan T De La Rosa on January 23, 2018 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

Allison Bailes—Common Problems with Cold Weather Ventilation

by Allison Bailes

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…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 22, 2018 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Using God Talk—or Not—to Help the Planet?

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,…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 12, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

By Kelly Vaughn: Rebuilding After a Hurricane, and the Next, and the Next...

Rebuilding After a Hurricane, and the Next, and the Next...


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…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 11, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Is Health The Future of Home Performance?

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…


Added by Efficiency First California on January 2, 2018 at 8:26pm — 6 Comments

HVAC: A Fast Growing Career Opportunity

 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…


Added by Chris Morin on January 1, 2018 at 6:29pm — 1 Comment

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