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Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

Rob Nicely, Warrior for Sustainability

Tom White

I was first impressed by Rob Nicely when I heard him speak these words to an audience of builders, designers, and building scientists: "We’re the warriors of sustainability...We already know everything we need to know to build sustainable buildings—the question is, Can we internalize it into our culture and incorporate that learning into our practices?" [continue reading]

There's Still Time: The 9th Annual North American Passive House Conference Kicks Off!

There's Still Time: The 9th Annual North American Passive House Conference Kicks Off!

Michael Knezovich

Passive building principles produce fantastically energy efficient and resilient buildings – and they provide one of the best paths to net zero. Passive building is quickly gaining adoption as a mainstream design method and energy standard. [continue reading]

Let the Games Begin! 2015 Race To Zero Student Design Competition

Let the Games Begin! 2015 Race To Zero Student Design Competition

Andrew Hunt

Registration has opened for the upcoming 2015 Race to Zero Student Design Competition. The inaugural year of this program (formerly known as the DOE Challenge Home Student Design Competition) brought together 28 university teams to compete to design cost-effective zero energy ready homes for mainstream builders. The winning teams produced market-ready, state-of-the-art zero-energy-ready design solutions for high-performance homes that are energy efficient, comfortable, and durable. Teams competed in a high-energy juried event at the National Renewable ... [continue reading]

Home Energy Magazine Features 30 Home Performance Leaders Under 30 to Celebrate 30th Year in Print

Home Energy Magazine Features 30 Home Performance Leaders Under 30 to Celebrate 30th Year in Print

Macie Melendez

The September/October 2014 issue of Home Energy marks the magazine’s 30th year in print. To celebrate that milestone, an industry-wide call for nominations found noteworthy professionals in home performance who were 30 years of age or younger. The feature article introduces the young people who the industry can count on to lead the home performance industry for the next 30 years.  [continue reading]

Got Condensation? It's Not Your Windows

Got Condensation? It's Not Your Windows

Tom Herron

Condensation is a persistent and often misunderstood issue. Homeowners sometimes think their windows are defective when they discover condensation on them, but it’s actually caused by high humidity in their homes. [continue reading]

Avoiding Mold in the Cold Season

Avoiding Mold in the Cold Season

Ted Shoemaker

People often avoid ventilating rooms during the cold season to avoid loss of heat. But this, the German Energy Agency (dena) warns, brings a big risk with it: mold. [continue reading]

NV Energy's mPowered Residential Integrated Demand Side Management Program

NV Energy's mPowered Residential Integrated Demand Side Management Program

Mary Placido

EcoFactor recently announced third-party measurement and verification results from its deployment of NV Energy’s mPowered residential integrated demand side management (IDSM) program, with more than 22,000 customers so far. The report, filed with the PUC of Nevada by NV Energy, confirms that in 2013 EcoFactor reduced A/C usage by 11%. The EcoFactor solution accomplished all of this while maintaining consumer comfort and saving them an average of $100 per year. [continue reading]

Digital Photo Frame Displays Real-Time Energy Usage Along With Personal Photographs

Digital Photo Frame Displays Real-Time Energy Usage Along With Personal Photographs

Audrey Neuman

Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc., the electric distribution utility serving more than 52,000 customers in Guelph, Ontario, Canada, recently announced it is launching CEIVA Energy’s home energy management system that will provide customers with easy-to-understand information about their household’s energy usage, right on their kitchen counter. Several large utilities in the United States have already deployed CEIVA Energy’s home energy management system platform, but Guelph Hydro is the ... [continue reading]

Encouraging Homeowners to Invest in Impact-Rated Windows

Encouraging Homeowners to Invest in Impact-Rated Windows

Jason Fowler

If you work with homeowners who live somewhere inland, one of their top considerations when choosing new windows for their home is probably efficient insulation. However, homeowners who live close to the coast in states like South Carolina and Florida most likely have two top considerations: insulation… and protection against hurricanes. They’ll need windows that are going to help keep their home energy efficient, but that can also hold up against hurricane-force ... [continue reading]

Home Performance Coalition Names Brian T. Castelli as Chief Executive Officer

Home Performance Coalition Names Brian T. Castelli as Chief Executive Officer

Amy Kozusko

The board of directors of the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) announced today that its search for a chief executive officer has concluded and that Brian T. Castelli has been named to the position.  [continue reading]

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