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Hot Water Heaven

The real world isn't an easy place to be idealistic about hot water systems and what could be.  Many compromises are made in cost, quality, expectation and education.  Money and ego play a part as well.  We'd like to daydream out loud for a bit and share some 'what could be's" and 'only if's" as they relate to hot…


Added by Larry Weingarten on October 15, 2019 at 2:46pm — 5 Comments

Advanced Landing Pages: Why Going the Extra Mile Matters

Growing up, whenever guests were expected for dinner or a long weekend visit, my mother would spend lots of time and energy aggressively cleaning and arranging all the “key” rooms in the house: the dining room, the living room, the guest room. We would say to her, “Why do you invite people over so much when it’s so much hard work to prepare?” She would respond, “I don’t clean because…


Added by Emily Ambrose on October 30, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship 2020 - Applications Due November 30th

Applications for the Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship are due by Saturday, November 30, 2019. The scholarship was created to honor BPI Technical Relations Representative, Jon Siemen, who passed away in March of 2015. Throughout his career, Jon was involved in various weatherization programs and was passionate about helping people through his work. The scholarship honors Jon's life, memory, and work by helping individuals in the industry who are…


Added by Building Performance Institute on October 17, 2019 at 9:45am — No Comments

Need Continuing Education Credits for your Certifications?

Attend Online--Earn CEUs!

The Maine Indoor Air Quality Council’s (MIAQC) IAQ & Energy 2019 Conference takes place on Oct 31 – Nov 1 in Portland, ME. There’s still time to register to attend either in-person or online and save!…


Added by Bob Krell on October 26, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments

People Dislike Utilities — So Make Them Love You

–By Jake Van Paepeghem, Energy Circle 

If you’ve followed the news coming out of Northern California this month, you probably already know that…


Added by Emily Ambrose on October 23, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Ellen Tohn interviewed at IAQ & Energy 2018 Conference

Healthy Indoors Show - Ellen Tohn interview - May 13, 2018 from Healthy Indoors on Vimeo.

Ellen Tohn was a keynote presenter at the IAQ & Energy 2018…


Added by Bob Krell on October 14, 2019 at 3:33pm — No Comments

DIY Home Energy Audit

For home energy efficiency professionals, the Home Energy Audit and HERS rating can open the door to opportunities. The full audit can show your client where they need improvements. And then you can provide the services or refer them to the appropriate contractor. 

The professional home audit is the "go-to" for homes that are being bought or…


Added by rebecca bridges on October 7, 2019 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Calling All (smart, experienced, not necessarily great writers, passionate) Authors

Since 1984, Home Energy Magazine has published “all the energy news that’s fit to print”. The publication, along with the Home Energy Pros Forum, has recently been acquired by the Building Performance Association,  but our common mission remains the same—to educate, inspire, and support the home performance community by helping them build and retrofit homes to be energy efficient, healthy to live in, affordable, and last but not least, comfortable.

We have always…


Added by Jim Gunshinan on October 3, 2019 at 2:36pm — No Comments

The Indoor Environmental & Building Performance Industry's ONLY Live In-person/Online Event!

A Special Offer for the Indoor Environmental & Building Performance Industry’s ONLY Live In-person/Online Event! The Maine Indoor Air Quality Council (MIAQC) has again partnered with Healthy Indoors Magazine to live-stream multiple sessions from MIAQC’s Annual Conference.–the ONLY hybrid In-Person/Online event in the…


Added by Bob Krell on October 3, 2019 at 10:52am — 1 Comment

Count of Zero Energy Residences Grows 59% Across the U.S. and Canada

As the date approaches for the Getting to Zero Forum in Downtown Oakland, California October 9-11, this article, published mid-summer by Team Zero on a…


Added by Leslie Jackson on October 1, 2019 at 6:05pm — 2 Comments

9 Building Science & Energy Efficiency Blogs We’re Reading

The world wide web is a wonderful thing, but there’s a lot of swill out there. It helps to have a few go-to sources of good, reliable, accurate, and useful information and insights. By our estimation, for professionals in the home performance, solar, or HVAC industry, the following blogs are some of the very best. In no particular order:

Musings of an Energy…


Added by Emily Ambrose on September 26, 2019 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Extended Offer to Join BPA as a Founding Member

The Building Performance Association (BPA) is excited to extend their offer and invite you to become a Founding Member of the new association. This title will be carried with you through your…


Added by Building Performance Association on September 26, 2019 at 10:07am — No Comments

What Tapas Taught Us About Successful Integrated Digital Marketing

- By Shawn Cohen

Now, more than ever before, business owners and marketers have a seemingly endless variety of options when it comes to how they can build their brand and promote their services online. Google alone offers multiple products and solutions to help you market your company online — from paid…


Added by Emily Ambrose on September 12, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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…

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…


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…


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…


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…


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)…


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

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