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Don Fugler Talks Retirement, Research, and Humility

Don Fugler Talks Retirement, Research, and Humility

Macie Schreibman

I recently had the opportunity to speak with the newly retired Don Fugler. For those of you who don’t know him (probably not many of you seeing as he’s presented nearly 200 times at ACI and other conferences every year since 1985), Don worked for the Policy and Research Division of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the federal agency responsible for housing. He managed projects for CMHC in areas such as indoor ... [continue reading]

New Looks + Functionality

New Looks + Functionality

Macie Schreibman

You know when you get a new outfit and you can’t stop staring at it? (Oh gosh, I hope that’s not just a “me thing”). Anyway, that’s how I feel about our new website. I just keep clicking all the links to see what’s going to happen next. [continue reading]

You Are Not Alone

You Are Not Alone

Macie Schreibman

The results are in! Published in early May, Home Energy magazine’s annual survey went out to thousands of our readers, both online and in print, who took the time to answer questions about themselves – everything from how their organizations are funded to what online features they’d like Home Energy to include. And we’re happy to report that you all have a lot in common.   We have already ... [continue reading]

Not Dead Yet! Fluorescent Lighting - Part 2

Not Dead Yet! Fluorescent Lighting - Part 2

Allan Chen

As a continuation from yesterday's blog post, I'd like to also explain the opportunities we have in hybrid lighting. Modern fixtures present lighting designers with the opportunity to adapt the lighting to the needs of the space. Adjustable features such as open wings allow certain fixtures to throw more light onto a ceiling and flatten the light out evenly, providing even illumination that is ideal for low-ceilinged rooms. [continue reading]

Why Fluorescent Lighting Isn't Dead - Part 1

Why Fluorescent Lighting Isn't Dead - Part 1

Allan Chen

The future of energy-efficient lighting, many experts will tell you, is the solid-state LED (light-emitting diode). You have already begun to see these tiny, bead-like lights in special applications such as traffic signals, exit signs, automotive headlights, and lightweight flashlights. Maybe you have begun to see them in high-end ambient room lighting applications, such as energy-efficient desk lamps and kitchen underlights. "The common view," says Francis Rubinstein, a scientist and energy-efficient lighting expert ... [continue reading]

Q&A with Corey Breed, Vent Cap Systems

Q&A with Corey Breed, Vent Cap Systems

Macie Schreibman

At the most recent ACI conference that took place in San Francisco, Home Energy had the opportunity to see old friends and, of course, make new ones. Although there were many great conversations had, there were a few people that stuck out to me. One of those people was Corey Breed, founder of Vent Cap Systems. We were trade show floor neighbors and we got to talking. [continue reading]

What You Donít Know About Foam

What You Donít Know About Foam

Macie Schreibman

It seems that some materials being used by contractors during energy retrofits may not meet code or manufacturer's requirements for an ignition or thermal barrier, according to Pure Energy. In this case, the company, which is dedicated to quality assurance in the home improvement industry, is referring to the use of rigid or spray foam products. “When some building and retrofit products burn, they can release potent fumes that can make people sick ... [continue reading]

Money Sucking Vampires Emanating From Your TV: Beware of Cable, Satellite, and DVR Boxes

Money Sucking Vampires Emanating From Your TV: Beware of Cable, Satellite, and DVR Boxes

Noah Horowitz

This week the cable TV industry is having their big annual meeting in Chicago. The meeting includes three days worth of in-depth technical sessions and it looks like not a single one covers the energy use or environmental impact of the ubiquitous set-top box (otherwise known as a cable, satellite or DVR box) that the cable companies install in your home when you sign up for their service. This is a pity as the set-top ... [continue reading]

Promoting Green Jobs for the Future

Promoting Green Jobs for the Future

Macie Schreibman

As we are working hard here to put the July/August annual training-focused issue "to bed" (that's magazine speak for getting it ready to send to the printer), I got to thinking: training really is the guiding force behind the future of the efficiency industry. I mean, what do we have if we don't have proper training and techniques? [continue reading]

Century Club Award Winners

Century Club Award Winners

Macie Schreibman

In life, there are some clubs that you are just dying to be a part of. In the life of a home performance contractor, that club is the Century Club. Defined by an award given each year by EPA and DOE, the Home Performance with Energy Star Century Club Award recognizes companies that improved the energy efficiency of more than 100 homes in a year through the Home Performance with Energy Star program. [continue reading]

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