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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Energy Out West

Energy Out West

Jim Gunshinan

The Energy Out West conference is held every other year and began in 1996 when a group of people doing weatherization work in the Northwest thought they could help each other do it better. The current president of Energy Out West (EOW) is Mimi Burbage, who should be familiar to readers of Home Energy and anyone in weatherization. Mimi brings that independent, Alaska, straight talk style to whatever she does, from heading the Alaska Housing Finance ... [continue reading]

Green Means Hope

Green Means Hope

Jim Gunshinan

I wrote a blog entry a few weeks ago while attending the Energy Out West conference in Boise, Idaho. I wanted to highlight the work of the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE). I had heard a presentation by CCSE’s Jack Clark about the organization’s work in the San Diego area. Jack and his colleagues are bringing together Weatherization Assistance Program workers who were hired with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (... [continue reading]

Energy, Faith, and the Narratives We Live By

Energy, Faith, and the Narratives We Live By

Jim Gunshinan

Since the beginning of the 20th century, oil has played the role of cheap labor in the U.S. economy and in economies around the world. Traditionally, we have been interested in the horsepower of our car engines, but what if we measured the energy we use in terms of human labor? To power a typical American home would require a small village of people riding bicycles powering electric generators 24 hours a day. Even after ... [continue reading]

I Confess the Need for Building Standards and Worker Training

I Confess the Need for Building Standards and Worker Training

Jim Gunshinan

I was discussing an upcoming article with my colleagues at Home Energy magazine about the Standard Work Specifications (SWS) being developed by DOE for single home, multifamily, and manufactured housing retrofits, and it brought to mind an experience I had as teenager, the need for confession, and the importance of standards. [continue reading]

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: Something of a Study in Contrasts

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: Something of a Study in Contrasts

Jim Gunshinan

Another American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings has come and gone from the beautiful Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, California. But the reverberations of the talks, discussions, and connections made will reverberate until the next Summer Study in 2014. The 2012 Summer Study was the biggest yet, with more than 1,100 participants. And the food was pretty good, despite the usual grumbling (you try cooking for 1,100 people!) And ... [continue reading]

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: A Night in the Life of the Summer Study

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: A Night in the Life of the Summer Study

Jim Gunshinan

The Monday night plenary speaker at the 2012 American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Summer Study of Energy Efficiency in Buildings, held every two years in beautiful Asilomar, California, was Jon Wellinghoff, Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Wellinghoff described his coming to FERC in 2006 as a border crossing from the world of energy efficiency—according to Steve Nadel, before joining FERC, Chairman Wellinghoff attended 12 Summer Studies—to the world ... [continue reading]

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: Watch Japan and Expect a Great Deal

Dispatches from the ACEEE Summer Study: Watch Japan and Expect a Great Deal

Jim Gunshinan

What’s happening in Japan? Quite a lot according to the 2012 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Tuesday night plenary speaker, Andrew DeWit, Professor in the School of Policy Studies at Rikkyo University. Professor DeWit described nothing less than a battle taking place upon the ruins of the Fukushima power plants, between sustainability and crushing debt; same-old same-old, and the new green economy. [continue reading]

Speaking to the Heart and Soul of Home Performance

Speaking to the Heart and Soul of Home Performance

Jim Gunshinan

It was my first weatherization conference since becoming the editor of Home Energy. I remember sitting in the crowd listening to the opening speaker and being very inspired. We’re soldiers, I thought. Some of us are on the front lines—the weatherization workers—and some of us, like the staff at Home Energy, offer support from the safety of our offices in Berkeley. We are fighting for our nation’s ... [continue reading]

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