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The Midori Haus: Balancing Airflow in a Zehnder HRV System

In our upcoming Spring issue, we'll be publishing an article about the Midori Haus--a classic California bungalow, built in 1922, that was retrofitted to meet the Passive House standard, and reduced its energy use by 80%. Our article is about educating consumers and builders about the home's features but the author has already wrote in detail about several of the Midori Haus' technical details. Below is one such example.

Balancing…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on February 20, 2020 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Notes from the Field, with Karin Haerter at the Northeast Home Performance Conference

 (from left to right) David Hepinstall (AEA), David Keefe (VEIC), Larry Zarker (BPI), Steve Cowell (E4TheFuture), and Joe Cullen (BPA) at the BPA…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on February 12, 2020 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Northeast Regional Home Performance Conference Starts Tomorrow

Tomorrow, the Building Performance Association's Northeast Regional Home Performance Conference begins and our publisher Bob Krell will be there representing Building Performance Journal for the first time at an industry conference. To say we're excited to see you all there is a massive understatement. Nothing makes us happier than…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on February 10, 2020 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Efficiency versus Cost: What Will America Choose?

Priyanka Khan, content associate of LEDMyplace, guides us through the controversy over California's lighting efficiency policy. But what about other states? Home Energy Pros Forum members can weigh in on this discussion.

On January 15, 2020, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and American Lighting Association (ALA)…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on January 31, 2020 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Cisco DeVries Makes Predictions for 2020

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Added by Building Performance Journal on January 31, 2020 at 5:30pm — No Comments

The Advantages of Insulated Concrete Form Foundations

For decades, concrete walls and foundations were made the same way. Plywood or plain boards are built into forms that contain steel reinforcing bars (rebar) and into which wet concrete is poured. When the concrete hardens, or cures, the forms are ripped off to reveal the bare concrete wall or foundation.…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on January 28, 2020 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Now Accepting Nominations for the Linda Wigington Leadership Award

The Building Performance Association is now accepting nominations for the Linda Wigington Leadership Award! This award is given annually at the National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show and celebrates visionary leaders in the industry. Submit your nomination by 3/1/20!

The Linda Wigington Leadership Award showcases individual excellence in…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on January 27, 2020 at 8:40pm — No Comments

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

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

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 Building Performance Journal on August 23, 2019 at 7:00pm — 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 Building Performance Journal on August 23, 2019 at 7:00pm — No 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 Building Performance Journal on April 22, 2019 at 12:31pm — No Comments

Benito Steen's video, "Building with Mud: A Continuum" Looks Good Enough To Eat

There are lots of videos about Natural Building. Sublime dialogue-free ones with just music; a favorite of mine shows step-by-step construction of a timber frame build in Finland with no dialogue, just great music, the photography is expertly done and clear. It begins with…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on June 28, 2018 at 12:53pm — No Comments

Heat, Job Security, and Right Living, by Terry Nordbye of Air Sealing Solutions

Heat is Where it’s At.

“There is a detectable difference between the past and the future only when there is the flow of heat. With no heat, the future behaves exactly like the past- there is no time.”

—Carlo Rovelli. Seven Brief Lessons in…
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Added by Building Performance Journal on June 8, 2018 at 12:47pm — 1 Comment

The Silver Bullet to Zero Energy Affordability, by Paul Springer

 

Hint: It’s not solar or storage...

 

Before solving the above scenario, the key assumptions are as follows:

  • Both houses are identical in location, design, and orientation
  • Location is Arizona, or Climate Zone 5
  • Size of home is 1900 square feet
  • New construction and meets minimum 2009 IECC requirements, or an estimated annual…
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Added by Building Performance Journal on April 19, 2018 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Rebuild Green Expo, Santa Rosa, CA Feb 23, 2018

I was spending a month in Oregon (in an off-grid community of mud huts and organic food) when the fires began raging in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties. Driving home to the Bay…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on March 23, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Permit me to Explain--by Chris Stratton and Wen Lee

Chris Stratton and Wen Lee are a husband-and-wife…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on March 1, 2018 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

How We Turned Our House into a Giant Foam Box, Part I — Wall Insulation By Wen Lee

Chris Stratton and Wen Lee are a husband-and-wife team living in the Los Angeles area who are DIY converting their suburban house into an all-electric zero net energy home via superinsulation, efficient appliances, onsite solar, and conservation strategies. They chronicle…

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Added by Building Performance Journal on February 21, 2018 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

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