December 2016 Blog Posts (13)

Ohio's Most Efficient Rental

Image 1: The 100K project was designed to have a widely open concept. The home includes 2 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. The 850 sq ft floor area allows for an open interior feel with maximum utilization of every inch.

Ohio's Most Efficient Rental…


Added by Luke Langhals on December 22, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Portland, Oregon Passes Landmark Policy to Disclose Energy Performance to Homebuyers

On December 14, 2016, the Portland City Council unanimously adopted an ordinance requiring home energy scores for single family homes listed for sale. This innovative new policy will help Portland create jobs for its home performance contractors and assessors, reduce carbon emissions, and help the…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 20, 2016 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Charting a Course to Healthier, High-Performance Homes

A home is intimately tied to the health and wellbeing of its residents. It is where people go to take care of themselves and seek comfort. People in the United States spend approximately 70% of their time at home, which means that ensuring homes are a healthy refuge is vitally important. Evidence in a new, groundbreaking DOE report, …


Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 20, 2016 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Use Glass in Interiors to Make Your Home Look Chic

Decorating the interiors of your home can be a little tough. There are many things that you must pay attention to, if you want your home to look gorgeous. There are many designs and styles to choose from, and it can be overwhelming when it comes to making a choice. In case you are looking for a trend which is both ‘in’ and is easy to do, you must think of installing…


Added by Alfie Davis on December 15, 2016 at 3:12am — No Comments

DOE Completes New Consensus-Based Air Conditioner Standards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published new minimum energy efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps today.  The new standards, which are based on a negotiated agreement, will reduce air conditioner and heat pump energy use by about 7%, translating into hundreds of dollars in electricity bill savings for consumers over the life of their equipment.

A federal…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 14, 2016 at 12:38pm — 2 Comments

Emergency Heating Situation Leads to Further Efficiency Upgrades in Morgan Park

In early November 2015, the boiler failed in building manager Chiaka Patterson’s 12-unit multifamily building in the Morgan Park area of Chicago. As winter was quickly approaching, Mrs. Patterson worried about her tenant’s comfort and safety. She reached out to Community Investment Corporation (CIC) to assist her with…


Added by Amber Vignieri on December 9, 2016 at 10:16am — No Comments

Are low-E glass windows good to install on desert homes?

Energy Efficient Windows That Lower Energy Bills

The technology used in windows continues to deliver energy efficiency upgrades to home performance. One reason is because of its constantly improving solar and thermal performance with advancements such as solar control low-emissivity, or low-e coatings. So, what is low-e glass? And is it a good thing to use in hotter climates like the desert or the tropics? Let’s dive into both of those questions here.

Low-e coatings…


Added by Joshua Fletcher on December 8, 2016 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Chic New Trends in Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen is one of the most functional areas of the house.  If you are a new home owner or you are renovating your kitchen, you need to know what the ongoing trend is in kitchen remodeling.  Are you wondering what the new recipe of chic kitchen decor is? Modern minimalism is here to stay. Minimalism has taken over the world and now they…


Added by Alfie Davis on December 8, 2016 at 12:44am — 1 Comment

Addison Homes Wins Pinnacle Award for Best Achievement in Energy Efficiency

Addison Homes was amongst the home building industry’s best and brightest honored with a 2016 Pinnacle Award during the 13th annual Celebration of Excellence. Presented by the Home Builders Association of South Carolina, Pinnacle Awards recognize the state’s builders and remodelers who have achieved the hi

ghest standard of quality craftsmanship, innovative problem-solving and customer satisfaction.…


Added by Michelle Usher on December 7, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Natural Gas is Becoming Less Attractive


The United States and Canada have been fortunate to have access to natural gas for space heating, water heating, and other applications. Over the decades, gas supplies have been both reliable and affordable. We also believed that natural gas was clean and environmentally friendly, and was therefore reasonable as the fuel of choice. Sadly, this situation is changing; natural gas is becoming less attractive.

What has changed? First, research has shown that natural gas…


Added by Home Energy Magazine on December 5, 2016 at 12:30pm — 5 Comments

A Healthy Home and a Healthy Bottom Line

There has been a lot of interest of late in the weatherization and broader home performance community in putting a value on the health benefits of weatherization. We’ve come a long way in the last several years and have reached, I think, some strong consensus that the health benefits of weatherization and home performance retrofits are real and valuable. This means that making healthy housing a part of your business plan makes good sense.

E4TheFuture is a nonprofit organization…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on December 5, 2016 at 12:00pm — 4 Comments

Ways to Give Your Kitchen a Beautiful Makeover

The kitchen is a crucial part of the house. Your kitchen is used throughout the day either for cooking or storing food items and ingredients. Thus, it needs to be very functional with great design and the best use of space. You must make your kitchen well designed, spacious and functional because you will spend a lot of your time in this part of your…


Added by Alfie Davis on December 5, 2016 at 4:53am — 1 Comment

Blog Topics by Tags

Monthly Archives













Solar performance anomaly

Started by Ed Minch in General Forum. Last reply by Ed Minch 58 minutes ago. 2 Replies

Solar ROI Calculator

Started by Kyle Baker in General Forum. Last reply by Ruby 1 hour ago. 3 Replies

Heat pump failure during high heat days?

Started by Julie Saporito in HVAC. Last reply by David Butler 9 hours ago. 12 Replies

Your Top Energy Efficiency Tips for the Heating Season

Started by rebecca bridges in Best Practices. Last reply by rebecca bridges on Thursday. 4 Replies

Mini split installation location

Started by Jan Green in HVAC. Last reply by Allan P Fisher Oct 3. 15 Replies

October 2 is Energy Efficiency Day

Started by Diane Chojnowski in General Forum. Last reply by Diane Chojnowski Oct 2. 1 Reply

radon mitigation with HRV?

Started by Ben Stallings in General Forum. Last reply by Ben Stallings Oct 1. 33 Replies

Latest Activity

Ed Minch replied to Ed Minch's discussion Solar performance anomaly
"David Thanks for the thoughtful answer.  Yes, I have a revenue grade meeter. I think I have…"
58 minutes ago
Ruby replied to Kyle Baker's discussion Solar ROI Calculator
"Thank you. Very useful calculator. I have a - 25 kw solar system - electricity usage went up…"
1 hour ago
David Butler replied to Julie Saporito's discussion Heat pump failure during high heat days?
"Hi Eric, excellent point. Keeping those coils clean is paramount to both short and long term system…"
9 hours ago
Eric Kjelshus replied to Julie Saporito's discussion Heat pump failure during high heat days?
"I find most heat pumps need cleaning 2- 3-4 times a year.  When dirty coil do not transfer…"
13 hours ago
Matt Worthy posted a blog post

7 Things to Include in Your Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

As a homeowner, in the fall you should prep for the approaching winter months to prevent costly…See More
Elizabeth Brown commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky, Especially their Capacity
"hey, Do you know which thermostats shows you perfect temperature? I have research, and I found…"
Kent Browning replied to Julie Saporito's discussion Heat pump failure during high heat days?
"This might be a little off topic for the question you asked - The industry is seeing an extremely…"
David Butler replied to Ed Minch's discussion Solar performance anomaly
"Hi Ed, one possibility is a calibration issue with the inverter meter, but that seems highly…"
Chris Morin liked Jim Gunshinan's blog post Calling All (smart, experienced, not necessarily great writers, passionate) Authors
rebecca bridges replied to rebecca bridges's discussion Your Top Energy Efficiency Tips for the Heating Season
"Oh I love it!  First, thanks for the link. And second, love the click bait title idea!…"
Sydney G. Roberts replied to Diane Chojnowski's discussion Coalition Urges Congress To Pass New Energy Efficiency Tax Incentive Bills
"Thanks for sharing. This is a great example of the Building Performance Association Policy Team…"
Jason Raddenbach replied to rebecca bridges's discussion Your Top Energy Efficiency Tips for the Heating Season
"Hi Rebecca, There are a million articles on the topic you are looking to discuss. Here is a link to…"

© 2019   Created by Building Performance Association   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service