February 2018 Blog Posts (13)

Get Fire Out Of Our Buildings

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 question that controlling fire has changed the course of human…


Added by Efficiency First California on February 28, 2018 at 5:34pm — 6 Comments

Looking to Make Your Home More Comfortable and Healthy? Building Scientists Say ‘Air Seal First. See Your House as a System & Look Up in the Attic.’

Caption:  Average monthly energy bills are $14 at the Villas at Rocketts Landing,  DOE's  2017, Housing Innovation Award Winner, thanks to a combination of solar power, tight construction, air sealing and innovation HVAC system placement and insulation. 

Building scientists are a data-driven skeptical bunch. When…


Added by Ian Halpern on February 28, 2018 at 10:40am — 6 Comments

Applications of Extruded Aluminium Sections

Aluminium extrusions have become popular throughout the world and are extensively used in construction and various manufacturing industries. The use of ferrous metals in a number of engineering and technology projects today has been replaced by aluminium and stainless steel. Being a strong yet lightweight metal has made the aluminium so popular in the manufacturing industry. Another reason is its ability to resist corrosion.

Listed below are a number of sectors where…


Added by Alfie Davis on February 27, 2018 at 3:04am — No Comments

New HVAC Duct repair kit

Our company is looking for someone/group/company that would like to test our new Duct Sealants Kit ( www.DuctSealantsKit.com ) in order to receive some preliminary feedback before we launch in May. See video of our work on this idea back in 2014. https://vimeo.com/104866223

Added by William Collins on February 26, 2018 at 11:52am — No Comments

How We Turned Our House into a Giant Foam Box, Part I — Wall Insulation By Wen Lee

Chris Stratton and Wen Lee are a husband-and-wife team living in the Los Angeles area who are DIY converting their suburban house into an all-electric zero net energy home via superinsulation, efficient appliances, onsite solar, and conservation strategies. They chronicle…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 21, 2018 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Moving New York Forward on Energy Efficiency in 2018

Along with nine other organizations, HPC submitted this letter - "Moving New York Forward on Energy Efficiency in 2018" 

The Goals: Harness the market for energy efficiency to create jobs while implementing Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and his commitment to energy efficiency in the 2018 State of the State Address. Accelerate the achievement of the Mission Outcomes of NYSERDA’s Strategic Outlook (2018-2021): Toward a Clean Energy Future and…


Added by Building Performance Association on February 21, 2018 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

From Philly to DC: Join Us on Capitol Hill

By now you have probably heard – as part of this year’s HPC National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show in Philadelphia, we are hosting a federal lobby day in DC! We will leave the conference a day early, take a bus down to DC, and meet with key lawmakers to share your story and explain why sound energy efficiency policy matters.

We already have a few sessions on policy…


Added by Building Performance Association on February 21, 2018 at 8:21am — No Comments

6 Tips to Pick Out The Best Solar Outdoor Lights

You have a beautiful home in Florida and plan to add a little sparkle to your front garden, patio, driveway, or backyard. It is your peaceful haven, where you have been living for years and now want to add some subtle yet dramatic changes with outdoor solar lighting. It is nothing but adding a figment of your creativity and imagination to your lawn or balcony where you love to breathe the fresh air after a hard day at work. Fortunately, the local weather in the…


Added by Sara Watson on February 20, 2018 at 5:58am — No Comments

Framing production combined with air sealing

Building Tighter Homes with Gasketed Framing

If you follow our blog, you know that we talk quite a bit about building science. In fact, we wrote a primer on how builders can use building science to produce more durable, comfortable, and energy-efficient homes. We also share…


Added by Michael Schettine on February 15, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Home Performance Coalition Calls on Congress to Support Federal Energy Efficiency Programs

Today, President Trump released his budget for fiscal year (FY) 2019, which includes a significant cut in funding for residential energy efficiency programs at the Department of Energy (DOE). The Weatherization Assistance Program, Energy STAR, and the State Energy Program are zeroed out completely in the President’s budget.

DOE’s residential energy efficiency programs are vital to advancing the…


Added by Diane Chojnowski on February 12, 2018 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Getting the right ventilation in the EfW Sector

Ventilation is the EfW  (Energy From Waste) sector is one of the biggest hurdles that planners and safety advisers have to face. In fact, ventilation is rarely as important as it is it this sector. Afterall, it produces a plethora of hazardous gasses, such as methane and carbon monoxide and hydrogen.


Any areas which contain these gases, special attention is required and the correct…


Added by Bethany Pembrook on February 9, 2018 at 4:19am — No Comments

Andrew Scatizzi- Stick to the Basics in New Construction

Thousands of energy models for newly constructed single family homes is a treasure trove of information if you’re like me and have a zealous obsession with cutting kilowatt-hours. As the utility company, we pay monetary incentives to builders that construct homes above an energy baseline, which in 2017 was a mixture of codes and measures from 2009 and 2015 IECC, with the overall goal of cutting peak demand and electricity consumption. The one overarching theme after reading through thousands…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on February 6, 2018 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

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