June 2018 Blog Posts (19)

Tips to Detect and Repair Problems with Your Residential AC Unit

Even with proper maintenance, your A/C unit can still have issues from time to time. Some of the most common problems are easily solvable through troubleshooting if you have the proper awareness of your AC unit. Additionally, you can hire the right residential AC repair services for regular maintenance of your HVAC unit. They have the training and the…

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Added by John White on June 29, 2018 at 12:57am — No Comments

Benito Steen's video, "Building with Mud: A Continuum" Looks Good Enough To Eat

There are lots of videos about Natural Building. Sublime dialogue-free ones with just music; a favorite of mine shows step-by-step construction of a timber frame build in Finland with no dialogue, just great music, the photography is expertly done and clear. It begins with…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on June 28, 2018 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Benito Steen's video, "Building with Mud: A Continuum" Looks Good Enough To Eat

There are lots of videos about Natural Building. Sublime dialogue-free ones with just music; a favorite of mine shows step-by-step construction of a timber frame build in Finland with no dialogue, just great music, the photography is expertly done and clear. It begins with…

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Added by Leslie Jackson on June 28, 2018 at 12:45pm — No Comments

TEDx HPC Conference 2018

http://www.efficiencyfirstca.org/news/2018/06/19/tedx-hpc-conference-2018

Posted in Efficiency First CA by Debra Little

This year, the Home Performance Coalition hosted it's first annual TEDx event at its national conference in Philadelphia. The room was packed, the BYOB was flowing and the…

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Added by Debra Little on June 26, 2018 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Adding Value to Contractors’ Work in the Mortgage Market

 

Home Performance Coalition, with the Appraisal Institute, is working to increase demand for residential energy efficiency by ensuring that the improvements people make to their homes – largely completed by contractors – are accurately reflected in the value of the home.

 

If energy efficiency upgrades are accurately valued at the time of sale, in the…

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Added by Building Performance Association on June 26, 2018 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Accelerating Electric Vehicles in Minnesota

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Added by CEE on June 22, 2018 at 11:44am — No Comments

It’s Time to Replace Your Old Furnace and Air Unit with HVAC System

Eventually, every old furnace and air unit must be replaced by an air conditioning installation service with a new HVAC system. It’s a long-term decision, so you have to approach the issue of maintenance vs. replacement carefully. Here are points to remember when it’s time to upgrade your heating and air…

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Added by John White on June 22, 2018 at 12:13am — No Comments

How Changing Temps Affect Your Home’s Windows

In Colorado, there’s a time-honored saying:

“If you don’t like the weather, just wait a few minutes… it’ll change.”

And that’s amusing to many… but to those of us who’ve lived here for many years, it’s funny because it’s true.

It is not uncommon in Colorado for the temperature to change drastically… and quickly.  Not only can the high temperature be different by twenty or thirty degrees (or more) from one day to the next – it’s not unheard-of for…

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Added by Jay Lillien on June 19, 2018 at 1:34pm — No Comments

Advancing Home Energy Labeling through Data Standardization

Making energy efficiency features visible at the time of home sale is a strategy with transformational potential. If homeowners know that the value of their home is increased by energy efficiency improvements, in the same way that it is enhanced by more visible amenities such as granite countertops, they will be much more likely to invest in those improvements.

HPC believes that providing real estate professionals and appraisers with high-quality information and data about a home’s…

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Added by Building Performance Association on June 14, 2018 at 11:22am — No Comments

Home Energy Pros Forum Thriving

Home Energy Pros Forum has reached a milestone. We welcomed our 6,000th member to the premier online community for home performance pros! More than 430 new members have joined since the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) took over stewardship of the site on October 1, 2017. Home Energy Pros was founded in 2011 by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab scientist Evan…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on June 13, 2018 at 6:30pm — No Comments

CEE: Connecting the Dots

From lending to programs for homes and businesses, community engagement, independent research, engineering, and policy efforts, CEE is driven by its mission, moving fast, and constantly picking up steam.



In this video, CEE's president Chris Duffrin dives into a few of our current focus areas and explains what drives our mission work.



(This video serves as a companion piece to CEE's …

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Added by CEE on June 12, 2018 at 9:30am — No Comments

Partners in Energy: July application deadline for free energy-saving program

Xcel Energy is now accepting applications for the next cohort of communities to join Partners in Energy. The deadline for applications is July 13. In communities accepted to the program, a volunteer team of local residents, businesses, and stakeholders will identify a path forward to make meeting their energy goals a reality.



In collaboration with…

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Added by CEE on June 8, 2018 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Heat, Job Security, and Right Living, by Terry Nordbye of Air Sealing Solutions

Heat is Where it’s At.

“There is a detectable difference between the past and the future only when there is the flow of heat. With no heat, the future behaves exactly like the past- there is no time.”

—Carlo Rovelli. Seven Brief Lessons in…
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Added by Building Performance Journal on June 8, 2018 at 12:47pm — 1 Comment

Heat, Job Security, and Right Living, by Terry Nordbye of Air Sealing Solutions

Heat is Where it’s At.

“There is a detectable difference between the past and the future only when there is the flow of heat. With no heat, the future behaves exactly like the past- there is no time.”

—Carlo Rovelli. Seven Brief Lessons in…
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Added by Leslie Jackson on June 8, 2018 at 12:29pm — No Comments

IAQ + Energy =

Ellen Tohn Makes the Case for Adding Health to the Home Equation

By Susan Valenti Corliss

In 2000, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), University of Tulsa and myself produced a conference on asthma and allergies that was supposed to break down barriers between the medical…

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Added by Bob Krell on June 7, 2018 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Always Committed to Healthy Homes & IAQ!

June is National Healthy Homes Month (NHHM)! This month-long celebration offers an opportunity to learn more about housing and its impact on health, empowering families to protect themselves from hazards in their home. June’s outreach activities aim to greatly boost awareness and understanding of what federal and local resources are available to make a difference in the lives of all residents, regardless of where they live. Learn more and get involved! Visit the …

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Added by Building Performance Association on June 5, 2018 at 12:05pm — No Comments

The Real Heroes Of Home Performance

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 they do. But as those of us who’ve run businesses dedicated to…

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Added by Efficiency First California on June 5, 2018 at 11:34am — No Comments

HVAC Maintenance Checklist for Spring Cleaning

It's time for spring cleaning! Most people give every room in their home, and sometimes even their garage a good once over to get rid of the staleness that lingers after a long winter. While you're making your cleaning list for the house, create a maintenance list that includes HVAC services as well It doesn't do any good to just clean the inside of your home if your HVAC unit is just going to be blowing the winter dust…

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Added by John White on June 5, 2018 at 1:28am — No Comments

Factory built homes using good building science

I am looking for a factory built home that is an  example of good building science.  I would like to use it as a teaching moment for  my clents.  I live in the soutwest corner of Michigan.  We have cold, dry winters and hot, humid summers.  You may e-mail your suggestions to dixie@Homes2Love.com.

Added by dixie wong on June 4, 2018 at 10:28am — No Comments

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