Macie Melendez

Macie Melendez is Home Energy's Assistant Editor.

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Money Well Spent: A Look at the Recovery Act's WAP Milestones

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March 01, 2012

From the beginning, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was all about the numbers: $5 billion doled out to 50 states, the U.S. territories, and Indian tribes for three ... [continue reading]

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The XX Factor

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January 02, 2013

Q&A with Ann Atkinson and a look into ACI's Women in Home Performance initiative. [continue reading]

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Women Undervaluing Themselves

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March 01, 2014

In the course of researching a future article on women in home performance, I sent out a request via e-mail and social media asking women this question: What’s the biggest obstacle you’... [continue reading]

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Let's Talk Gender: What Women Bring to Home Performance

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July 02, 2014

It’s no secret that home performance is a male-dominated industry. Attend any industry conference and you’ll quickly see that women are vastly outnumbered. That being said, there are still women in ... [continue reading]

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Better Buildings, Better Business, Better Neighbors

Better Buildings, Better Business, Better Neighbors

Macie Melendez

The Energy Center of Wisconsin has been putting on the Better Buildings: Better Business Conference in Wisconsin for nearly a decade. In 2012, they will be adding to their annual tradition in the neighboring state of Illinois. [continue reading]

Q&A with John Brooks Smith, P.E.

Q&A with John Brooks Smith, P.E.

Macie Melendez

John Brooks Smith, P.E. is the Global Platform Leader of Environmental Construction for Johns Manville—and he’s been in the insulation industry for 38 years. He’s also a member of the Board of Directors for the nonprofit corporation that publishes Home Energy magazine. Unfortunately, at the end of this month, we’ll be saying goodbye to John as a Director, as he will soon be retiring. [continue reading]

Home Energy: Live On The Air

Home Energy: Live On The Air

Macie Melendez

Last week, Home Energy editor Jim Gunshinan joined architect Paula Baker-Laporte of EcoNest Co. and Bill Haney, president and co-founder of Blu Homes on KPFA 94.1’s green radio show, Terra Verde. They discussed a range of eco- and budget-friendly retrofitting tips, as well as the options for buying new, energy efficient homes. [continue reading]

A New Track For Clean Air Compliance

A New Track For Clean Air Compliance

Macie Melendez

As mandated under the Clean Air Act, a suite of upcoming air regulations will soon impose limits on the emissions of multiple air pollutants. A new report done by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) reveals how energy efficiency can be used by states, policymakers, and utilities developing compliance strategies to meet the goals of federal air regulations. The report, “Energy Efficiency: The Slip Switch to a New Track Toward Compliance with ... [continue reading]

I’ll Take “Home Energy is making me smarter” for $1,600

I’ll Take “Home Energy is making me smarter” for $1,600

Macie Melendez

It was during a Double Jeopardy round a couple of weeks ago that I actually realized how much I’ve learned in my Assistant Editor role here at Home Energy. As one (actual) contestant asked for the $1,600 clue under the Architecture category, I waited at home, on my couch, to shout the answer. [continue reading]

Building Reuse Trumps Demolition

Building Reuse Trumps Demolition

Macie Melendez

A recent report produced by the Preservation Green Lab of the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides the most comprehensive analysis to date of the potential environmental benefit of building reuse. This study, The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse, concludes that, "when comparing buildings of equivalent size and function, building reuse almost always offers environmental savings over demolition and new construction." [continue reading]

Seeking Warmth in Maine - A Community Reaches Out

Seeking Warmth in Maine - A Community Reaches Out

Macie Melendez

On Friday, The New York Times published an article titled "In Fuel Oil Country, Cold That Cuts to the Heart." The article, about the Hartford's, an elderly couple in Maine who can't afford to pay for the oil needed to heat their (rather leaky) home, is both heart-wrenching and inspiring. [continue reading]

Video: What is Home Performance?

Video: What is Home Performance?

Macie Melendez

Building America Retrofit Alliance (BARA) offers an easy-to-follow video perspective on home performance and why it matters. It's fun, simple, and will hopefully be the beginning of a wider dialogue about home performance. What do you think? [continue reading]

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