November 2015 Blog Posts (14)

A Green Home for the Holidays

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…

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Added by Carlee Quintas on November 30, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

9 Tips To Get Your Furnace Winter Ready

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…

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Added by Dan McKee on November 28, 2015 at 12:58am — No Comments

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home!

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home

This is the home.

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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…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on November 24, 2015 at 9:08am — 4 Comments

Top 6 things to watch out for when building a new home and how builders are still cutting corners with energy efficiency

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.…

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Added by David Byrnes on November 23, 2015 at 10:07am — 3 Comments

All that You Need to Know About Carbon Air Filters

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.

This implies undesirable…

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Added by Crosbey Archery on November 19, 2015 at 4:00am — 2 Comments

My Fall Into The Smart Home, Lazy Life

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.…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on November 18, 2015 at 11:51am — 2 Comments

How to Get Started Working as a Full-Time Energy Auditor

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…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on November 18, 2015 at 11:50am — No Comments

Green Real Estate Agents Help "Power" Veterans Through Solar in Habitat for Humanity Homes

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…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on November 11, 2015 at 12:35pm — No Comments

The Real Women of Home Performance: Mina Agarabi

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…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on November 11, 2015 at 12:30pm — No Comments

How to improve the air quality in your home ?

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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Added by Crosbey Archery on November 6, 2015 at 10:30pm — No Comments

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Added by Kelly Longthorne on November 4, 2015 at 10:26am — No Comments

Setting up Your HVAC for Fall Maintenance

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…

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Added by Crosbey Archery on November 4, 2015 at 1:00am — No Comments

VW Isn't the Only One That Circumvents

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…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on November 2, 2015 at 1:04pm — 5 Comments

Enter HeatSpring's Leaders in High Performance Building Giveaway!

This winter, we’re celebrating innovative builders and designers who work to improve the overall quality and performance of public and residential buildings with a course giveaway! If you’ve helped plan, design, construct, and/or operate a high performance building, enter our Leaders in High Performance Building…

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Added by Gabrielle Rossetti on November 2, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

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