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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Check out the Spring 2013 issue of Housing & Home Environment News

Check out the Spring 2013 issue of Housing & Home Environment News

Jim Gunshinan

Got this in my email and thought I'd share. Very good article by Joe Laquatra on the current serious lead hazards that may shock you into action and other great stuff—including from Home Energy's Alan Meier, from the folks at Cornell University:   Click here for a PDF file that contains the Spring 2013 issue of Housing & Home Environment News (HHE-News), the Extension Newsletter for the Department of Design & Environmental Analysis (DEA) ... [continue reading]

Checklists—A Professional's Best Friend

Checklists—A Professional's Best Friend

Jim Gunshinan

Want to know why air travel is still, by far, the safest way to go? Do you want to know how hospitals around the world can cut the risk of post-surgical complications and death by more than half? Do you wonder why the greatest triumphs of engineering, buildings and infrastructure, are beautiful, as well as safe and functional? The answer is checklists. I was inspired by this simple and powerful tool after reading The Checklist ... [continue reading]

Be a Little Like a Used Car Salesperson

Be a Little Like a Used Car Salesperson

Jim Gunshinan

Used car salesmen get a bad rap, and there are good reasons for that. But I think the home performance community can learn from them in some important ways. I say that as someone who once had a serious case of buyer’s remorse, but got over it. [continue reading]

ACCA Standards

ACCA Standards "Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement" Out for Public Review

Jim Gunshinan

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute (ACCA-EI) Standards Task Team (STT) announces an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) public review period for its BSR/ACCA 12 QH -201x, "Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement" as a revised industry standard. The 45 day public review period started on July 19, 2013 with a comment deadline of September 2, 2013.   This revised standard provides minimum criteria by which deficiencies in existing residential buildings are identified by audit, improvement opportunities are ... [continue reading]

What Sustainability Really Means

What Sustainability Really Means

Jim Gunshinan

I just read a book about the work of an environmental mediator, Lucy Moore, Common Ground on Hostile Turf: Stories from an Environmental Mediator (Island Press). What I liked most about this book was that it was a series of ten stories. There is a kind of summary chapter at the end, but I think you can skip it. [continue reading]

Act Now to Save Water and Energy

Act Now to Save Water and Energy

Jim Gunshinan

The International Code Council is in the process of developing the 2015 codes. A large number of code change proposals will be considered at the Final Action Hearing, which is being held at the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The FAH is scheduled to begin on October 2 and conclude by October 10, 2013. For more information go to www.iccsafe.org. [continue reading]

Making Energy Efficiency Sexy, or at Least Interesting

Making Energy Efficiency Sexy, or at Least Interesting

Jim Gunshinan

I was reading my local newspaper and a photo showing a man and his electric bill caught my attention. His electric bill was more than $7,000. Was this a case of a power company screwing over a customer, I wondered? Then I read the story. It got more interesting. [continue reading]

Notes from Phoenix and the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) Conference

Notes from Phoenix and the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) Conference

Jim Gunshinan

While the weather is cool compared to normal in this part of the Sonoran Desert, the talk at the NASCSP Conference has been hot with passion and purpose. Clarence Carter, Director of the Arizona Department of Economic Security, and formerly of the Bush Administration, spoke at the Conference Opening from his long years of experience and wisdom gained.   “The safety net doesn’t really exist,” he says. In Washington D.C. ... [continue reading]

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