Jim Gunshinan

Jim Gunshinan is Home Energy's editor.

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What's Reasonable Versus What's Heroic

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January 01, 2015

Ann Edminster, M.Arch, LEED AP, is a recognized international expert on green-home design and a principal developer of the LEED for Homes rating system. She travels widely and consults with builders, homeowners, developers, design ... [continue reading]

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Redefining the Term

Redefining the Term "Mobile Home"

Jim Gunshinan

The most energy efficient home is one that's already built. Keeping a home out of a landfill saves all the materials in the house, as well as all the energy used to create the materials—the building's embodied energy. And historic homes preserve a slice of culture that would otherwise be lost forever. And what's better than keeping one 100-year-old house out of the landfill? Keeping two 100-year-old houses out of ... [continue reading]

Community Action Agencies Continue to Fight for Low-Income Families

Community Action Agencies Continue to Fight for Low-Income Families

Jim Gunshinan

I began my trip last week with a few days visiting my father, two sisters, and a bunch of nieces and nephews living just north of Washington DC in Maryland. Both my sisters have recently been treated for cancer, so it was very good to see them happy and healthy. My older sister lost her job around the time she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. After her COBRA insurance ran out she was ... [continue reading]

BPI Celebrates Home Performance Heroes at ACI

BPI Celebrates Home Performance Heroes at ACI

Jim Gunshinan

Tamasin Sterner, Founder, President, and Chief Coach of Pure Energy was given the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry at the opening plenary of the ACI National Conference in San Francisco on March 30, 2011. Tamasin has been advancing home performance through mentoring, teaching, consulting work, and building analysis for almost 30 years and is a regular Home Energy contributor. "I had to prove that I can do everything that men can ... [continue reading]

Ode to a Home Performance Contractor

Ode to a Home Performance Contractor

Jim Gunshinan

Our own managing editor Jim Gunshinan has had a sideline for many years now; he is a stellar poet. He's honored a few of us here at the office by sharing a poem or two over the years. This has prompted us to nudge him towards sharing something with our Home Energy readers: He's finally done it, and you're in for treat! —Maggie Forti, Office Manager [continue reading]

Voices from the NASCSP 2011 Annual Training Conference in Seattle

Voices from the NASCSP 2011 Annual Training Conference in Seattle

Jim Gunshinan

Voices from the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP), Wednesday, September 21: [continue reading]

What Do We Do Now?

What Do We Do Now?

Jim Gunshinan

After the ARRA funding runs out at the end of March, 2012, what do we do? That was the big question on the minds of attendees today at the 2011 National Association for State Community Services Program (NASCSP) Training Conference in Seattle. At the same time everyone felt the need to recognize the huge success achieved by WAP in the three years covered by the ARRA funding, especially because of recent criticism of the WAP program in ... [continue reading]

Maryland Home Performace Shines

Maryland Home Performace Shines

Jim Gunshinan

My sister recently participated in the Maryland Home Performance with Energy Star program, sponsored by the Maryland Energy Office and five local utilities. Here's what she had to say about her experience: (Yeah Maryland!) [continue reading]

Calling All Inventors, Entrepreneuers, and Venture Capitalists!

Calling All Inventors, Entrepreneuers, and Venture Capitalists!

Jim Gunshinan

One morning I realized that I could cut down my showering time by at least one minute if I could combine my shampooing and conditioning into one step. Inspired, I went to a high-end grocery store that I will call, “Whole Paycheck” looking for what has been an illusive item for me—a combination shampoo and conditioner that really works; someone stacking items in the hair-care section told me that no such ... [continue reading]

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