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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ACI Run & Ride Challenge

ACI Run & Ride Challenge

Macie Melendez

Have you heard about ACI's recent Run & Ride Challenge? If not, here's the down-low: To help raise funds for the ACI's Memorial Scholarship Fund, Courtney Moriarta of SRA International has committed to running or riding (cycling, that is) the distance from ACI's headquarters in Pittsburgh to the ACI National Home Performance Conference site in Denver. And she plans on meeting that 1,399-mile goal by the date of the ... [continue reading]

BPI Celebrates 20 Years

BPI Celebrates 20 Years

Macie Melendez

The year 1993 was a big one for the Building Performance Institute, better known to all of us as simply BPI. It was the year they started, and the year that 35 building performance professionals gathered to develop a set of principles for the industry. [continue reading]

Community Power Works Uses Housing Data to Make the Emerald City Even

Community Power Works Uses Housing Data to Make the Emerald City Even "Greener"

Macie Melendez

In Seattle, Washington, owners of oil-heated homes are ineligible for city-sponsored electric and gas utility rebates. But that didn't stop the city's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partner, Community Power Works, from using housing data to break through to this untapped market. Given the lower efficiency and high cost of heating oil, the program recognized the energy and cost savings potential for these Seattle homeowners and acted to engage them in undertaking home energy ... [continue reading]

iPads in the Field

iPads in the Field

Macie Melendez

As energy efficiency becomes an ever more important factor in a home’s value, developers and homeowners alike need assurance that their energy investments actually produce the returns they expect. Enter Builders Energy Rater, a home energy rating company that has created a custom FileMaker solution (that run on iPads) to streamline the process of collecting and analyzing home performance data.  [continue reading]

New Construction in Arizona Proves to be a Sound Investment

New Construction in Arizona Proves to be a Sound Investment

Macie Melendez

Many homeowners still question whether energy investments are worth their time and money. While we can’t deny the fact that there are upfront costs, energy efficiency has proved time and time again to benefit homeowners in the short- and long-term. Case in point: Sterling at Silverleaf, a single-family new construction project in Scottsdale, Arizona, that received gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB). [continue reading]

The Future of Home Performance is Wrapped in Cheese—Q&A with Dave Robinson

The Future of Home Performance is Wrapped in Cheese—Q&A with Dave Robinson

Macie Melendez

Dave Robinson, a principal of GreenEarthEquities, is a man in this industry that needs little introduction. If you didn’t see him at last year’s ACI event accepting the Tony Woods Award, you may have seen him teaching a class, serving as the former president of the California Building Performance Association, or performing deep energy retrofits on foreclosed homes. [continue reading]

Quotes from ACI National

Quotes from ACI National

Macie Melendez

When you spend an entire day at an industry conference with numerous inspirational people, it’s amazing that you can end the day with certain key phrases stuck in your mind. It also amazes me how many notes I can jot down in just one day.  [continue reading]

Not Everyone Needs to be an Energy Auditor

Not Everyone Needs to be an Energy Auditor

Macie Melendez

“All of the building science in the world means nothing if it never makes it to the building,” said John Costello, lead field instructor at Everblue Training Institute during a webinar earlier this week. The webinar, titled “Not Everyone Needs to be an Energy Auditor: Exploring BPI’s Building Science Principles Certificate of Knowledge,” explained to participants what the new certificate’s purpose is and why the industry needs ... [continue reading]

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