The holidays are here, which means house parties and guests galore, not to mention the aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandpas, grandchildren, and hosts of cousins who flock across the country to visit their respective relatives. If you are lucky enough to have a houseful of guests then there are steps you should take to make sure your home is in tip-top shape aesthetically, functionally, and most of all, environmentally. With more companies…Continue
Added by Carlee Quintas on November 30, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments
A well heated, cozy home is what makes the day better when the winter comes in full fledged. So, it is absolutely essential that you make sure that your furnace is working well and working strong when winter rolls in.
Here are the 9 tips that will ensure that your furnace is working well and that you will be warm and cozy through the grey winter…Continue
Added by Dan McKee on November 28, 2015 at 12:58am — No Comments
Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home
This is the home.
This is the hole that Sparky (electrician) "innocently" made to feed a wire to the light on the front porch of the High Performance Bungalow. I discovered it a day or two after our home performance diagnostics team, Carl Seville and Abe Kruger, of SK…Continue
Even though it seems like all the new home builders are touting how energy efficient their homes are, there are still major problems and misleading information given in terms of the energy efficiency of the homes. Here are ways a home builder can make it seem like you are getting a good deal but in reality you are simply being mislead.
1. A low HERS Score touted.
A HERS Score standard by which a home's energy efficiency is measured.…
Furnace filters work to expel cruel polluting influences from your indoor air supply. These substances incorporate outside particulates and undesirable airborne pathogens. While there is an extensive variety of air filters with different scopes of filtration limit, generally these filters just uproot contaminants at a particulate level.Continue
Last year I moved into a house that needed some work. So far I’ve replaced the foundation, installed seismic upgrades, added central heat, repainted, and much more. (Anybody know a good fireplace guy?)
Along the way, I’ve been slowly upgrading to smart home technology. I ripped out my old, broken doorbell and added Ring, which detects when people are at my door and sends a video notification to my phone.…Continue
It is not often clear the path a BPI-certified energy auditor should take, or where exactly the opportunities lie… to buffer existing business, as side work, to work as a full-time energy auditor, or to go out on your own, the opportunities are vast and diverse. Oftentimes we get our energy auditor certification as a kind of back-up plan or to aid a struggling business. Or maybe you attended BPI training as…Continue
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Andy Nelson is the CEO and president of San Diego-based Willis Allen Real Estate. Joining the firm in 1977 as the youngest team member, Nelson drew on his leadership experience and training as a former naval officer to implement his innovative ideas and became CEO four years later. Nelson continues to grow the business by researching new high-end…Continue
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Mina Agarabi is the Principal Mechanical Engineer at Agarabi Engineering PLLC, a consulting firm focused on operations and maintenance and energy efficiency. Prior to establishing her firm, she conducted light commercial and residential energy assessments and oversaw the installation of numerous energy-efficiency projects at Association for Energy Affordability and Steven Winter Associates. Agarabi has several…Continue
Added by Building Performance Journal on November 11, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments
There are top 5 Steps to Improve Your Home’s Air Quality
1. Keep Air Circulating
Even when the weather is cool, open the windows to let in fresh air. If it's simply too cold, run ceiling fans to keep air circulating. And don't forget to flip on the exhaust fan while you cook. Otherwise, noxious…
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Summer is slowing down, you feel the first chill noticeable all around even your sky hd box causing problems & all you wish is to see a sky customer support guy. It helps us to remember a great deal of things: leaves, the occasions/events, all things pumpkin, yet what you ought to likewise put on that rundown is your fall upkeep on your warmer! After a long summer, your…Continue
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The outrage against Volkswagen (VW) is justified, but let’s not forget that other manufacturers—a lot of manufacturers—have been circumventing energy and emissions tests for decades. Here are a few of my own experiences.
Cadillac was circumventing emissions test procedures 20 years before VW. Cadillac’s engineers faced the same dilemma: How do they comply with emissions control requirements without sacrificing performance? Not surprisingly, they solved…Continue
Added by Gabrielle Rossetti on November 2, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments