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Leading from Within

Leading from Within

Jim Gunshinan

When I was still active as a minister in the Catholic Church, I did not enjoy very much presiding at weddings. I had an inkling of the reason at the time, but now I can admit clearly that I was jealous. I didn’t want to bless someone else’s sacramental union as much as I wanted to be in a sacramental union. [continue reading]

Housing Innovation Awards Showcase Benefits of Energy Efficiency at Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO

Housing Innovation Awards Showcase Benefits of Energy Efficiency at Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO

Perry Luksin

The first-ever Housing Innovation Awards were presented in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO on October 4 in Irvine, California, and focused on four building categories: DOE Challenge Home Builders,  Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Participating Contractors, Excellence in Building Science Educator of the Year, and Building America Top Innovations. The Housing Innovation Awards recognize a diverse group of industry leaders who are helping communities across the country save ... [continue reading]

"Cool Smart" Awards Presented to New England Contractors

Lisa Rinkus

Thirteen New England contracting companies were honored for exceptional work promoting energy efficiency services by the Massachusetts/Rhode Island COOL SMART program. The awards were presented during the New England Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) annual golf tournament held recently in Stow, Mass. Specializing in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), the businesses were honored for significant contributions to the COOL SMART program through quality installation of energy efficient systems this year.  &... [continue reading]

This is the Future

This is the Future

Macie Melendez

Today the opening ceremony kicked off the Solar Decathlon in sunny Irvine, California. While the crowd listened to the major sponsors of the event welcome us, we heard excitement and anticipation in their voices. After all, this has been an event two years in the making. [continue reading]

Hawaii Races to the Top for Award in Energy and Water Efficiency

Hawaii Races to the Top for Award in Energy and Water Efficiency

Kate Zerrenner

Hawaii recently topped the national rankings for energy saving initiatives for the second year in a row. In August, the Energy Services Coalition (ESC) granted the state its ‘Race to the Top’ award for modeling excellence in energy and water efficiency. ESC’s Race to the Top challenge ranks states based on investment per capita in energy savings performance contracting. Hawaii leads with $132.25 per capita, followed by Ohio with $108.58 and Kansas with $97.77. ... [continue reading]

Boise Organizations Partner to Give Homebuyers Looks, Function, and Affordability

Boise Organizations Partner to Give Homebuyers Looks, Function, and Affordability

Macie Melendez

The common wisdom in the housing industry is that custom homes are expensive, and custom green homes are even more so. But several Boise-based organizations have teamed up to prove the common wisdom is wrong—and to set up a pilot project to provide Idahoans with affordable, eco-friendly homes within the city limits. [continue reading]

Do We Give People Energy or Help Them to Save It?

Do We Give People Energy or Help Them to Save It?

Jim Gunshinan

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was budgeted $2.5-billion by Congress in 2013. The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) was allowed $68-million. Does anyone see a contradiction here? [continue reading]

Helping Your Clients Understand Energy-Efficient Windows

Helping Your Clients Understand Energy-Efficient Windows

Michael Joseph

High-performance windows come in a variety of designs and offer multiple benefits to consumers. The term “energy-efficient” has become an integral part of the homebuilding industry but it’s a term that can be confusing to homeowners who don’t do enough research on either new or replacement windows. [continue reading]

About Fry Bread and Hope for a Greener Planet

About Fry Bread and Hope for a Greener Planet

Jim Gunshinan

Last evening my wife Michele and I walked a few blocks from the hotel in Phoenix where the National Association of State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) is holding its Annual Training Conference, to an Open Market. There were a circle of food trucks and tables offering fresh locally grown fruit and vegetables around a covered parking lot with tables and chairs. We picked a food truck offering Mexican and Native American food and bought our ... [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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