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Dust-Control Strategies for Energy Upgrades

In the Winter 2019 issue (our last under the Home Energy name), author Cory Chovanec…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on January 21, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Re-introducing Myself as the Building Performance Journal’s Managing Editor

I worked on the editorial staff of Home Energy magazine for nearly 7 years before I made the decision to leave in 2017 to pursue a freelance writing career. And now I’m back! Don’t worry, my freelance writing career is still happening but I’m also revisiting something I’ve greatly missed: the building performance industry.

When I first knew I wanted to be a writer I was in high school. There was something about writing, and eventually editing, that simply felt right. I’ve…

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Added by Macie Melendez on January 21, 2020 at 5:49pm — 3 Comments

The ACEEE Hot Water Forum

The Hot Water Forum (HWF) has been around for about ten years, meeting yearly.  I missed one, once and still regret it. It’s a mix of manufacturers, code folks, researchers, utilities, local, state and federal governments, engineers and the odd hot water nerd, like me. People come from all over the US and some other countries to…

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Added by Larry Weingarten on January 15, 2020 at 3:30pm — 2 Comments

Near Perfect Air Tightness Measured in Contemporary Home

A discussion of a near perfectly airtight contemporary home in Marietta, GA, the testing, the results, and how it was achieved.

The blower door is set up in the front door of the…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on January 15, 2020 at 2:58pm — 6 Comments

2020 Industry Trends in HVAC, Home Performance & Solar

-By Jake VP, Energy Circle Content Writer

It isn’t just a new year, it’s a new decade. Is your New Year's Resolution to simply “keep up the good work”? Of course not — you want to know where the better…

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Added by Emily Ambrose on January 9, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments

Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?

Yes, it is.

Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.

Here are some key points pulled directly from a recently published, Energy Efficiency Impact Report, by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 7, 2020 at 4:58pm — No Comments

HVAC Trade Shows In 2020

Outlook for the HVAC industry remains very strong heading into 2020 as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 13% growth right through the year 2028. If you’re looking to establish yourself in this space (or even just increase your…

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Added by Kristina Frunze on December 27, 2019 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

HCFC Refrigerant Ban: Everything Contractors Need to Know

As of January 1, 2020, HCFC refrigerant use will be severely limited in the United States. 

If you work in the industry, you’ve probably known this for some time; the Environmental Protection Agency announced…

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Added by Kristina Frunze on December 13, 2019 at 3:29pm — 2 Comments

Looking for a new job or career in home performance?

BPA’s new Job and Career site launched a month ago and is seeing major activity mainly due to the fact it is pulling in positions from all aspects of the home performance industry, contractors, utilities, manufacturers and nonprofits for example.

Our stats since we launched show our job board had 9,503 Job Exposures, 675…

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Added by Building Performance Association on December 19, 2019 at 11:07am — No Comments

HVAC Industry Trends: 7 Things Every Contractor Should Know

The past year has seen many developments in HVAC technology and the industry as a whole. For contractors, understanding these HVAC industry trends is key for maintaining competitiveness in the space. 

Today, we’ll take a look at 7 of the most prominent trends for 2019 and beyond. First, let’s examine the state of the industry as a whole.…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on December 17, 2019 at 12:36pm — 5 Comments

A New Chapter Begins

The beginning of one story is the close of another.

 

After over 35 years of providing relevant, technical content to the building performance and weatherization communities, Home Energy will end its run after this issue. Starting with the Spring 2020 issue, the magazine will be called the Building Performance Journal. The goal of this rebranding is to hone our new format into a valuable benefit of the Building…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on December 13, 2019 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Home Energy's Winter 2019 issue is live!

We're excited to announce BIG changes at Home Energy Magazine. Click here to read the Winter 2019 issue and find out what's in store in 2020 as the magazine transforms into Building Performance Journal!…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on December 11, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Making Our Existing Buildings Zero Carbon: A Three-Pronged Approach

To keep average global temperature rise to less than 1.5°C—which the IPCC states is necessary to avoid climate catastrophe—we need to fix our buildings. They are the largest end-users of energy, producing nearly 40 percent of US…

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Added by Laurie Stone on December 10, 2019 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Equity and Climate: A Solution for Home Rentals

by Sneha Ayyagari

Lack of affordable housing and energy burdens plague many people and communities. Cities throughout the United States are looking for solutions to create greater equity. Many of these cities are part of the over 3,600 US cities, states, and businesses that have pledged support for the goals established in the Paris Agreement in 2015. Improving efficiency and comfort in homes is a key part of meeting these…

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Added by Laurie Stone on November 22, 2019 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment

Decarbonizing Buildings for All

Lowering carbon emissions from the buildings sector (which produces nearly 40 percent of US carbon emissions) is a crucial part of getting to a decarbonized economy. However, when we implement efficiency or renewable energy projects in buildings, the…

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Added by Laurie Stone on November 22, 2019 at 3:14pm — No Comments

What's In a Name?

A magazine by any other name would smell as sweet. (My sincerest apology to William Shakespeare.)

That’s a little over the top. But the point is, even though Home Energy will undergo the second name change in its history—it was called Energy Auditor and Retrofitter at its inception in 1984 and a few years later…

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Added by Jim Gunshinan on November 18, 2019 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

The Philosophy of Good Plumbing

There are, or should be some guiding lights to follow when designing and building good plumbing systems. The basic concepts are simple.

  1. The system should meet the needs and wants of the occupants.
  2. The system must be safe.
  3. The system should be very energy and water efficient.
  4. The system should be simple and durable.

 

The first point sounds simple, but did you know that over 70% of the hot water draws in most homes…

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Added by Larry Weingarten on November 15, 2019 at 1:07pm — No Comments

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…

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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…

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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…

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

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