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New Visible Value Blueprint Shows Strategies to Value Clean and Efficient Home Upgrades in the Real Estate Market

Six years ago, in 2013…

  • The cronut — a perfect hybrid of a croissant and a doughnut — was born;
  • Candy Crush took Facebook by storm;
  • A meteor crashed in Chelyabinsk, Russia;
  • And the Visible Value Blueprint…
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Added by Amber Vignieri on September 6, 2019 at 11:32am — 1 Comment

Lead Acid or Lithium Batteries for off-grid storage?

Photo by Adobe Stock/haitaucher39

I bought my first solar panel in 1989, a 50-watt Solarex photovoltaic module. Along with an old motorcycle battery, some DC car lights, and a small radio, I created an off-grid room in the house I was renting. When the power was out, and even when it wasn’t, I had lights and music operating on stored…

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Added by Paul Scheckel on September 5, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

How the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score™ Uses HPXML by Madeline Salzman

The Energy Department recognizes the value that data standards and systems bring to the world of building energy efficiency. As such, its Building Technologies Office (BTO) has helped fund a variety of…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 23, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Contractor’s Toolbox: How to Run a Promotion

By Jake Van Paepeghem

Like it or not, most of us deal with promotions each and every day: emails in your inbox touting 10% off your next purchase, flyers annoyingly stuck under the wipers on your windshield, and pop up ads that cover the final ingredient you…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on August 29, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Home Energy Magazine Starts a New Chapter

Bob Krell has joined the staff of the Building Performance Association to serve as Publisher of Home Energy Magazine. He will be stewarding a new direction for the publication as it becomes the journal for BPA members.

Krell was the co-founder of IAQNET, LLC in 2013, and serves as the publisher of its…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on August 23, 2019 at 7:00pm — No Comments

The Impact of Energy Efficiency in West Virginia

By: Joe Cullen, Director of Policy & State Outreach 

On August 20, 2019, the Building Performance Association (BPA) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)…

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Added by Building Performance Association on August 26, 2019 at 9:00am — 1 Comment

6 Building Conferences We’re Attending

- By Cory Allyn, Energy Circle

If you’re in the better building sector, attending building and home…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on August 22, 2019 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

August Policy & Advocacy Updates

By: Lizzie Bunnen, Government Affairs Director, AnnDyl Policy Group

Both chambers of Congress are now in recess, but we do have a few updates to share!

Workforce Bill

Our workforce bill has officially been introduced in the Senate! It is largely similar to its House counterpart - Blue Collar…

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Added by Building Performance Association on August 23, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Heat Pump Equipment Selection

With an ever increasing focus in the Northeast on Heat Pump technology, strategic electrification, reducing consumer carbon footprint and utility bills, all while increasing the comfort of the home, the system design process is paramount. I can say that some residential HVAC Contractors & Building Inspectors have been well educated on the load calculation report, but that is only the first part of the design…

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Added by Chris Morin on August 20, 2019 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

Blower Door Testing in Hawaii

When I was a Peace Corps Volunteer, I watched as a line of telephone poles inched its way over the 60 kilometers to my site.  They didn't get all the way there, because they were so slow that during the project, these newfangled "cell phones" showed up.  Everyone…

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Added by Blake Reid on August 14, 2019 at 10:00pm — 3 Comments

The Value of an Experience

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  I was fortunate to sit front row at a popular concert this past weekend with my wife, and the experience really got me thinking.  When I was 17 years old, I was…

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Added by Chris Morin on August 6, 2019 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

How Many Hours-of-Safety Do Our Homes Have in Extreme Weather?

How many people in your community are at risk during extreme weather events? The heat waves wracking the nation right now can cause heat exhaustion, heatstroke, dehydration, and even death. Last year over 90 people died in Quebec…

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Added by Laurie Guevara-Stone on July 26, 2019 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Utilizing Case Studies to Set Your Business Apart

By Jake Van Paepeghem

We hear it consistently here at Energy Circle — one of the most rewarding aspects of working in the business of energy efficiency is improving the lives of real-life homeowners and business owners within a given community. In the HVAC, home…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on July 26, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Healthy Homes - New Research Leading to Potential Partnerships

By: Joe Cullen, Director of Policy & State Outreach

Home performance contractors already know that energy efficiency retrofits can improve indoor environments, air quality and health outcomes, such as asthma, COPD, and other chronic respiratory conditions. That’s why the Building Performance Association and its allies are excited about a…

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Added by Building Performance Association on August 1, 2019 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Introducing our new Director of Membership!

We’re delighted to introduce you to Kim Dresser, Building Performance Association’s new Director of Membership. Leslie Jackson of Home Energy Magazine got to sneak an interview on the phone with her between meetings, from her Tampa, Florida, home.

Leslie Jackson: What led you on the path of working in the association profession?

Kim Dresser: What…

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Added by Building Performance Association on July 30, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

What it Takes to Produce High Quality Marketing Video

By Jake Van Paepeghem

This isn’t the first time we at Energy Circle are talking about the valuable role video plays in an effective digital marketing strategy – especially when it comes to building awareness and consideration in the home performance,…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on July 19, 2019 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Why Phoenix Is Called "The Land Of No Return"

 Maricopa County is the fastest growing county in the nation with the population expected to grow by 80,000 in the next five years.  Driving down the street, it’s not surprising to see Canadian licenses plates or meet people from IL, CA, NY or WA.  With all these new transplants you would think some of the good home building qualities would rub off on the way Phoenix home builders build houses...unfortunately home builders are slow to catch on which is why  I've been asked so many times,…

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Added by David Byrnes on July 18, 2019 at 12:30pm — 6 Comments

How Your Connected Technology Gets Connected

You might have heard of or even have a few devices in your home that are “Connected.” You might have a refrigerator that shows you whether Ralph stole that last piece of pie, or a thermostat that lets you warm up the house from your phone before you get home from that big win in Las Vegas. These devices have added much convenience,…

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Added by Building Performance Institute on July 15, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

Building Local SEO Rank and Visibility outside your Core Location

- By Shawn Cohen, Director of Digital Strategy

If you perform a Google search for a local home services provider, today’s results are pretty well stacked. You can expect to see two to four paid search ads, a…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on July 12, 2019 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Z-Man's Blog Episode 552:Joe Medosch – Hayward Score – The Business of Healthy Homes

Joe Medosch Hayward Score, The Business of Healthy Homes

Joe Medosch was our guest on this week’s episode of IAQ radio. Joe is widely acknowledged as being one of the smartest people in the industry. He isn’t just book smart, he has been there and done it. Joe’s background has gone full circle. Just relocated in Loveland, CO. Started out as a home inspector IEP, shifting to home performance.…

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Added by Joe Hughes on July 11, 2019 at 1:20pm — No Comments

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Does Radiant Barrier Still Work 10 Years Later?

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Best Exhaust Fans - your opinion?

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October 2 is Energy Efficiency Day

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ERV recommendations

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