In the Winter 2019 issue (our last under the Home Energy name), author Cory Chovanec…Continue
Added by Building Performance Journal on January 21, 2020 at 7:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
-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…Continue
Added by Emily Ambrose on January 9, 2020 at 11:00am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 7, 2020 at 4:58pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Building Performance Association on December 19, 2019 at 11:07am — No Comments
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.…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Building Performance Journal on December 13, 2019 at 5:16pm — No Comments
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!…Continue
Added by Building Performance Journal on December 11, 2019 at 5:00pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Laurie Stone on November 22, 2019 at 3:14pm — No Comments
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…Continue
There are, or should be some guiding lights to follow when designing and building good plumbing systems. The basic concepts are simple.
The first point sounds simple, but did you know that over 70% of the hot water draws in most homes…Continue
Added by Larry Weingarten on November 15, 2019 at 1:07pm — No Comments
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Emily Ambrose on October 30, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by Building Performance Institute on October 17, 2019 at 9:45am — No Comments