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Pennsylvania County Puts Contractors Back to Work

Pennsylvania County Puts Contractors Back to Work

Danielle Sass Byrnett

Fayette County, Pennsylvania, may have a high unemployment rate, but it is using this challenge as an opportunity to improve homes and the local economy with energy efficiency upgrades. As a Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partner, the Fayette County Better Buildings Initiative has two primary goals—complete more than 1,000 residential energy efficiency upgrades and transition under- and unemployed citizens to energy efficiency jobs. [continue reading]

The Night the Lights Went Out In New Orleans

The Night the Lights Went Out In New Orleans

Jim Gunshinan

When the lights went out at the New Orleans Superdome during the Super Bowl last month, I was strangely reminded of a little known religious ceremony of the Catholic Church. The ceremony is called Tenebrae, from the Latin for “darkness” or “shadows”. It takes place late on Holy Thursday, when Christians celebrate the Last Supper, or on Good Friday, the day on which the crucifixion of Jesus is remembered. [continue reading]

Strategy for Action to Advance Healthy Housing

Strategy for Action to Advance Healthy Housing

Rebecca Stewart

On Monday, February 4th, the federal Healthy Homes Work Group (HHWG) launched the new Advancing Healthy Housing: A Strategy for Action, laying out goals and priorities to advance healthy housing initiatives for the next three to five years nationwide. The development of a comprehensive national strategy for improving the nation’s housing stock, especially those home occupied by families who may not be able to afford such improvements, across federal agencies ... [continue reading]

Northwest Energy Star Super-Efficient Homes—#3: The O’Neill in Meadow Ranch

Northwest Energy Star Super-Efficient Homes—#3: The O’Neill in Meadow Ranch

Neil Grigsby

The O’Neill, part of the Meadow Ranch community in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, 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]

Knowing What to Charge for HVAC Services

Knowing What to Charge for HVAC Services

Rachel Kopp

You’ve dreamed of this day for years. You’ve looked forward to it, saved your money, and it’s finally time. You’ve chosen the name for your company, decided on a location, and now you have to decide what you will charge for HVAC services. You can just choose a flat rate, but there are other options that may help you avoid unnecessary expenses. [continue reading]

Thinking Outside the (Tool) Box

Thinking Outside the (Tool) Box

Sam Rashkin

Ensuring that U.S. workers have the training, tools and information they need to succeed is critical for maintaining America’s leadership in the 21st century global energy economy. This is especially true in the building construction and renovation field—where access to accurate and unbiased energy information is a key step to capturing lasting energy efficiency savings in our homes, buildings, and public facilities. [continue reading]

BPI Celebrates 20 Years

BPI Celebrates 20 Years

Macie Melendez

The year 1993 was a big one for the Building Performance Institute, better known to all of us as simply BPI. It was the year they started, and the year that 35 building performance professionals gathered to develop a set of principles for the industry. [continue reading]

U.K. Green Deal Housing Accreditation Program

U.K. Green Deal Housing Accreditation Program

Tim Sullivan

With the passage of the Energy Act of 2011, the United Kingdom created a unique Green Deal program to encourage owners of residential and non-residential properties in England to upgrade their buildings to the latest in green technologies to save energy and reduce carbon emissions. [continue reading]

Making Use of Energy Efficient LEDs for Wireless Lighting

Making Use of Energy Efficient LEDs for Wireless Lighting

Michael Recker

What if the future of lighting is one where wireless technology can help contribute towards greater energy efficiency in the home? The amount of light might be driven by the application, focused on using energy and light when and where it is needed rather than expending energy in less common areas around the home. [continue reading]

EPA Releases WaterSense New Home Specification

EPA Releases WaterSense New Home Specification

Glen Folland

Beginning this month, developers and home builders have a new opportunity to highlight green building achievements applied toward their projects. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the EPA WaterSense New Home Specification. This Specification establishes criteria for new homes and multifamily occupancies to be labeled under the WaterSense label, which is similar to existing EPA programs EnergyStar and Indoor AirPlus.   To earn the WaterSense label on residential occupancies, applicants will be required to ... [continue reading]

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