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Ted Shoemaker

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Home Performance with Energy Star Sponsor Guide Webinar Recording Posted

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Cortney Krauss

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) Program released the draft Sponsor Guide and Reference Manual (v1.5) (Sponsor Guide) for public comment in response to the need for greater clarity of HPwES Program requirements. The Sponsor Guide is a technical document that outlines the requirements for Sponsors' participation in the national Program, as well as provides resources for program implementation and best practices. DOE is interested in ... [continue reading]

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Sam Pobst

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Multifamily Job Task Analyses Validation Study

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Macie Melendez

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Macie Melendez

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I Don't Do Competitive Bids

I Don't Do Competitive Bids

David Lupberger

Competitive bidding is not good for business. Besides the time spent doing an estimate for a job you may not get, there is an additional element that most homeowners are not aware of. The following quote helps explain this: [continue reading]

Check out the Spring 2013 issue of Housing & Home Environment News

Check out the Spring 2013 issue of Housing & Home Environment News

Jim Gunshinan

Got this in my email and thought I'd share. Very good article by Joe Laquatra on the current serious lead hazards that may shock you into action and other great stuff—including from Home Energy's Alan Meier, from the folks at Cornell University:   Click here for a PDF file that contains the Spring 2013 issue of Housing & Home Environment News (HHE-News), the Extension Newsletter for the Department of Design & Environmental Analysis (DEA) ... [continue reading]

Certified Insulated Siding Builds Confidence in Energy-Efficient Cladding

Certified Insulated Siding Builds Confidence in Energy-Efficient Cladding

Matt Dobson

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Warning: This Blog Post Contains Gross Generalizations

Warning: This Blog Post Contains Gross Generalizations

Jim Gunshinan

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