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House Energy and Water Subcommittee Releases Historically High Top-Line Numbers for Dept. of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

The House Energy and Water Appropriations subcommittee released their FY2020 E&W report yesterday morning. It contains great funding levels for key programs in the Building Technologies Office (BTO), Residential Building Integration (RBI), Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and State Energy Programs (SEP),…

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Added by Building Performance Association on May 21, 2019 at 10:37am — No Comments

4 Signs Your Website Is In Need of A Refresh

- By Jake Van Paepeghem, Energy Circle

Digital marketing trends move fast. And sometimes those trends can change faster than any changes in your home performance, solar, or HVAC business. Chasing website design and…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on May 10, 2019 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Is Geothermal a Realistic Way to Achieve True Energy Independence? by Sallie McBrien

Energy independence is a goal for many households and communities for a variety of reasons from simply wanting to save money each month, to the broader goal of saving the planet for future generations. To accomplish this lofty goal, there must be a way to generate energy independently of any centralized source (e.g. solar, wind, etc). For example, a…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on May 7, 2019 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

5 Major Trends in Solar Marketing for Spring 2019

- By Energy Circle Content Manager Maurine Hainsworth

Now that we’re already five months into the year and summer is quickly approaching, it’s time we revisit some of the digital marketing trends we’ve been…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on May 2, 2019 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Energy-efficient building codes are a cost-effective foundation for rooftop solar

By Christopher Perry - ACEEE

An ACEEE analysis finds that energy efficiency and solar make complementary energy and carbon reductions in new home construction, but when…

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on May 2, 2019 at 11:00am — No Comments

Joe C. Spurgeon, Ph.D. - Mold Inspection & Sampling : Is it time to rethink your approach?

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Joe C. Spurgeon, Ph.D

Mold Inspection & Sampling: Is it time to rethink your approach?

Z-Man’s Blog:

Assessing the Condition of Indoor Air Using…
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Added by Joe Hughes on April 24, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Building Science In The Wild: A Marketing Opportunity

- By Jake Van Paepeghem, Energy Circle

A couple of days ago, on a rainy Monday here in Maine, my wife and I loaded up the car with two locally-made ciabattas and a box of ice cream sandwiches and headed North from our Portland area…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on April 24, 2019 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Happy Earth Day 2019!



We all need somebody to lean on. —Bill Withers. Singer-songwriter, 1938-1985

Happy Earth Day 2019! According to the…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 22, 2019 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Home Value Hot Potato – Whose Problem is It?

Are you a home seller, real estate agent, broker, builder, home improvement contractor, appraiser, or lender? Let’s start with the answer then: yours.

Everyone of these persons has some role to play in the home value hot potato game, where the potato is passed back and forth around the circle to ultimately land at the seller’s feet. If you own a home with high-performing, energy efficient features, that potato will usually land on your feet with a painful…

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Added by Pearl Certification on April 18, 2019 at 3:11pm — 2 Comments

Challenge Accepted #02: Marketing Healthy Home Services

For those readers who missed the first installation of “Challenge Accepted!,” here’s a quick introduction to Energy Circle’s latest…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on April 18, 2019 at 10:47am — 1 Comment

How to spur home energy upgrades? Persuasive assessment reports

In a world of 280-character tweets, people have limited attention spans. So to nudge them toward making energy efficiency upgrades, home assessment reports need to grab their attention in the first few pages, according to ACEEE …

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Added by Diane Chojnowski on April 18, 2019 at 10:49am — 1 Comment

Christine Oliver, M.D. – Odors, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and More an MD’s Perspective

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Christine Oliver, M.D. – Massachusetts General Hospital Boston, MA – Odors, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities and More an MD’s Perspective

(Flashback Friday: Original Air Date 4-7-2017 | Episode 455)…

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Added by Joe Hughes on March 29, 2019 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

A Recap of the Largest National Conference in our History - HPC19 is in the Books!

We wrapped up the 2019 National Conference & Trade Show on April 4, 2019, after four full days of workshops, sessions, events, and networking! As many of you have heard, we broke the record for the number of attendees at this year’s event –…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 10, 2019 at 2:57pm — No Comments

Rachel Adams, PhD – Moisture Measurement and Mold

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Rachel Adams, PhD  - Research Scientist at UC Berkeley

Moisture Measurement and Mold…

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Added by Joe Hughes on April 3, 2019 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Wednesday - Live from Chicago

Wednesday was another rich day of inspiration and connection. My brain is nearly full. When you read this, I will likely be on the plane flying from Chicago back to Oakland; where I will have some time to digest it all. There are more sessions this morning though if you are staying on at the conference. And still lots to see and do in Chicago if you are…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 4, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

Building Performance Association—Live from Chicago

Check out that title! Monday, we were HPC, Tuesday we are a new association made up of three organizations, HPC, Home Energy, and Efficiency First, called the Building Performance Association. It’s been a change a long time coming, but seems like it’s happening all at once. All of these organizations share a commitment to the same goals and values, and…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 3, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

HPC National—Live from Chicago

It’s always a challenge at the HPC national to take in as much as possible until my brain tells me “I’m full”. All these great topics, presenters and attendees is an embarrassment of riches.

So here are a couple of personal highlights. Hope it gives you a taste of what happened in Chicago yesterday.

  • Terry Nordbye actually sang the praises…
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Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 2, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

Welcome to the HPC National—Live from Chicago

For those of you here in Chicago for a Monday workshop, for those who will be registering today or tomorrow, and all of you members of the home performance community, welcome to a rich source of building science news and training—all provided by the experts—and a great chance to network.

The conference agenda was developed to meet the needs of our…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 1, 2019 at 1:00am — No Comments

Healthy Homes - A Collaboration to Improve Life for Asthma & COPD Patients

In the current issue (Spring 2019), of Healthy Indoors Magazine, there is a great article by Judy Olsen of the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and Building Performance Institute (BPI ) CEO, Larry Zarker. The article highlights a collaborative healthy homes pilot…

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Added by Joanne Brown on March 28, 2019 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Here Comes the 2019 HPC National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show!

In less than a week, close to 2,000 members of the home performance community, including novices and experts in their fields, will gather in Chicago for the 2019 HPC National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show. No promises about the weather, though Chicago is hard to beat in the Spring, most of the time. But Chicago, that “toddling town”, is…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on March 27, 2019 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

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