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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]

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Maximillian Auffhammer

With Earth Day just behind us, I briefly contemplated a doom and gloom post about the state of the global climate and lack of regulation. But let’s focus on what does work, albeit at a much smaller scale, instead of what doesn’t work. [continue reading]

Sales Training Helps Maine Contractors Close the Deal

Sales Training Helps Maine Contractors Close the Deal

Danielle Sass Byrnett

Contractors are the most important point of contact for a homeowner during the energy efficiency upgrade process. In most markets, they not only need building science skills, but also an ability to sell program options to homeowners. To equip its contractors with the skills necessary to close the sale, Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partner Efficiency Maine offered a sales training to its contractor base with significant results. [continue reading]

21 Recommendations for ACI 2013

21 Recommendations for ACI 2013

Mike Rogers

OK, here are three lists: sessions I don’t want to miss, people that you should meet, and some other things you should attend or take advantage of at ACI in Denver. [continue reading]

Northwest Energy Star Super-Efficient Homes—#4: Kepler Ridge in Ashland, Oregon

Northwest Energy Star Super-Efficient Homes—#4: Kepler Ridge in Ashland, Oregon

Neil Grigsby

Kepler Ridge, in Ashland, Ore., is one of six super energy-efficient homes being highlighted this year by Northwest Energy Star Homes—in collaboration with builders, utilities and homeowners—to increase awareness and adoption of advanced building practices and products that can improve quality, comfort, and energy efficiency in new homes. [continue reading]

2012: A Record-Breaking Year for America’s Solar Industry

2012: A Record-Breaking Year for America’s Solar Industry

Ryan McNeill

As most industries across the country slowly climb out of the recession, solar remains one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy. How fast? According to an in-depth report by the US Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research, the number of solar installations increased 76% from 2011 to 2012.  [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]

Better Home Efficiency—The Devil is in the Details

Better Home Efficiency—The Devil is in the Details

Bill Walter

If you are a home performance professional then you will most likely look out for the same kinds of things when carrying out your energy audits. You'll probably look for things like air quality, temperature, boiler efficiency, and insulation. You'll use a range of diagnostic equipment and tools such as carbon monoxide detectors and blower doors, and you'll come up with a number of solutions to help your clients improve their efficiency ... [continue reading]

Standard Work Specifications for Single-Family Home Energy Upgrades Now Available Online

Standard Work Specifications for Single-Family Home Energy Upgrades Now Available Online

Deborah Lastowka

After several years of development and industry review, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)  and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are pleased to announce that the Standard Work Specifications (SWS) for Single-Family Home Energy Upgrades are now available via a user-friendly online tool, with specifications for manufactured housing and multifamily homes to follow. [continue reading]

Vermont Contractor Program Turns It Up when Temperatures Drop

Vermont Contractor Program Turns It Up when Temperatures Drop

Danielle Sass Byrnett

In an area of the country where cold weather dominates for more than half the year, one program knows how to turn up the heat to help contractors manage the influx of customers looking to improve their comfort and energy efficiency over the winter. [continue reading]

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