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In Memoriam: Carol Markell

In Memoriam: Carol Markell

Home Energy Staff

We are very sad to announce the sudden passing of our colleague, Carol Markell. Carol died unexpectedly on Thursday, July 19, in the company of her closest friends while on vacation in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. As Home Energy’s Advertising and Marketing Manager for over a decade, Carol developed relationships with scores of Home Performance industry professionals and advertisers, networking at conferences and in countless phone calls. In so doing, she helped grow the ... [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]

How Shaunna Mozingo Manifests Her Save-The-World Complex

How Shaunna Mozingo Manifests Her Save-The-World Complex

Suzanne Pletcher

When Shaunna Mozingo raised her hand and volunteered to learn building energy efficiency codes, she had no idea that she would transform her career and her life. [continue reading]

The Shifting Nature of the U.S. Housing Market

The Shifting Nature of the U.S. Housing Market

Macie Melendez

The Demand Institute, a nonprofit organization that works to illuminate how consumer demand is evolving around the world, recently released its first major publication: The Shifting Nature of U.S. Housing Demand, which was done by Louise Keely, Bart van Ark, Gad Levanon, and Jeremy Burbank. Although the report explains the housing markets shifts in much more detail, the bottom line, according to the organization's analysis, is that the worst of the housing crash ... [continue reading]

The Unavoidable Future—Q&A with Cyro Boccuzzi

The Unavoidable Future—Q&A with Cyro Boccuzzi

Macie Melendez

This past week, I had the opportunity to pick the brain of Cyro Boccuzzi, IEEE senior member and executive vice president at Brazil-based Enersul, as well as a smart grid technologies expert. Not only did he have insight into smart grid technology and trends, but he also says smart grids are the unavoidable wave of the future.    [continue reading]

Honeymoons Lead to Upgrades in Western Vermont

Honeymoons Lead to Upgrades in Western Vermont

Macie Melendez

For homeowners who are hesitant to make energy efficiency upgrades, offering them a honeymoon might just be the motivation they need. NeighborWorks of Western Vermont (NWWVT) created a "honeymoon period" for its loan payments and has seen success by allowing homeowners to experience six months of comfort and energy savings before they begin making loan payments. [continue reading]

Home Performance Program Design - Engaging Contractors

Home Performance Program Design - Engaging Contractors

Mike Rogers

I’m frequently asked to speak at events or attend meetings to provide perspective on how home performance works as a business for contractors, and how programs might attract contractors to participate. In fact, I’ll be moderating a session on this at the Better Buildings Residential Energy Efficiency Solutions conference in a couple of weeks. It’s a great topic—and a conversation we need to be having a lot ... [continue reading]

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Todd Russo, REEIS

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Todd Russo, REEIS

Macie Melendez

The fourth in our series of spotlighted Century Club contractors is Todd Russo, President of REEIS, a retrofit company with offices in both Arizona and California. Working with the Foundation for Senior Living and the Arizona Public Service Department, REEIS earned the Century Club Award for 2011 by completing energy efficiency improvements to 854 homes. Here's how they did it. [continue reading]

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Hal Smith, Home Energy Performance By Halco

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Hal Smith, Home Energy Performance By Halco

Macie Melendez

In 2011, Halco earned DOE and EPA's Century Club Award by improving the energy efficiency of 278 homes, more than doubling their Home Performance with Energy Star work in 2010, which was 121 homes. Working with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) program, Halco was not just able to improve energy efficiency in the area, but they did so with top-quality work. Such quality, in fact, that Home Energy Performance By Halco was honored ... [continue reading]

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Fred Hutchinson, Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling

Century Club Contractor Spotlight: Fred Hutchinson, Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling

Macie Melendez

Another Century Club Award-winner this year is Hutchinson Plumbing Heating Cooling. Working with New Jersey State's Clean Energy Program, Hutchinson completed 431 jobs in 2011 that improved the energy efficiency of homes through the Home Performance with Energy Star Program. We had a chance to talk about this year's success with owner Fred Hutchinson. Here's his business profile and thoughts on the future. [continue reading]

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