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Babies and Energy

Macie Melendez

I’ve just returned to the office from maternity leave and have been giving energy a lot of thought recently—human energy that is. More specifically, how is it possible that I still have the energy to take care of my newborn baby boy when I’m getting less sleep than I’ve ever gotten in my entire life? Also, how does this tiny human—who only requires the basics (... [continue reading]

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Behavior Energy and Climate Change (BECC)—Call for Abstracts

Susan Mazur-Stommen

2014 Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference, December 7-10, Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC [continue reading]

Opportunities in Large Data Collection and Analysis

Opportunities in Large Data Collection and Analysis

Heather Stafford

The Building America Program is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on needs and opportunities for large data collection for energy efficiency projects. The webinar will focus on specific Building America projects that are looking to gather and analyze large bodies of data on new and existing homes, and will feature opportunities for industry to collaborate with researchers to gather and analyze valuable data. [continue reading]

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal

Jim Gunshinan

Our furnace is approaching 25 years old and we have no cooling capabilities, so my wife Michele and I are looking into buying some new equipment before the temperature climbs this summer. I am especially interested in installing a mini-split heat pump, which would allow us to get rid of the ductwork and furnace in our unconditioned attic. But the initial expense may be a hindrance. [continue reading]

Submit your film to ACI's film festival!

Submit your film to ACI's film festival!

Debra Little

Invitation!    Submit YOUR videos of energy upgrade projects! [continue reading]

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Debra Little

The home energy upgrade video story, Main Street, Nevada City is the first to be produced for the collective project “See A Home Like Yours”. [continue reading]

ARRA Keeps Working for You

ARRA Keeps Working for You

Jim Gunshinan

Almost two years ago I posted a blog about the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA); ARRA, or the “Stimulus Bill”, has gotten pilloried in the media as a colossal failure and waste of taxpayer dollars. But if you would take the time to do a little research, you would see that most of the coverage has been far from the truth. [continue reading]

We're Not Paying Enough Attention to Kitchen Ventilation

We're Not Paying Enough Attention to Kitchen Ventilation

Chris Stratton

Exposure to kitchen pollutants is a significant and overlooked health hazard in homes. The home performance industry pays great attention to protecting against exposures to combustion pollutants from water heaters and furnaces, but very little attention to an unvented combustion device that is used nearly every day: the kitchen range. A recent LBNL study looked at the chronic health impacts of exposure to pollutants from cooking burners and determined that the risks are not trivial, ... [continue reading]

US - Canadian Home Efficiency Maximized through 2014 RESNET Cross Border Builder Challenge

US - Canadian Home Efficiency Maximized through 2014 RESNET Cross Border Builder Challenge

Walter Urban VP RenewABILITY Energy

The award winners of the 2014 RESNET Cross Border Home Builder Challenge, which helps promote the utilization of the HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index have been announced by Steve Baden, Executive Director of RESNET, and John Godden, President of the Canadian counterpart CRESNET at the RESNET annual conference in Atlanta, GA.  [continue reading]

The Passive House Revolution

The Passive House Revolution

Jim Gunshinan

An email came from Faith Morgan with a link to a documentary film called “Passive House Revolution,” produced by the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions in Yellow Springs, Ohio. It was a busy day, but I thought I could use a break from words, so I left the stack of unopened emails for a while and watched the film. I’m glad that I did. [continue reading]

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