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In Memory of Rob deKieffer

In Memory of Rob deKieffer

Jim Gunshinan, on behalf of Courtney Moriarta

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou [continue reading]

The Real Women of Home Performance

The Real Women of Home Performance

Amy Beley

At the ACI National Conference this year, I was remiss that there was no official presence of Women in Home Performance. What I found encouraging was that people noticed and asked for more. So, with the gracious assistance of long time supporter Macie Melendez of Home Energy magazine, we’re back! Macie and I will be interviewing women in the industry in this blog series, The Real Women of Home Performance. ... [continue reading]

DOE's Building Science Education Efforts: A Request

DOE's Building Science Education Efforts: A Request

Stacy Hunt

In recent years, DOE has developed the DOE Guidelines for Building Science Education - a set of job-specific checklists intended to be used by partnering training organizations, universities and certification bodies to self–certify that their programs include these important aspects of building science in their curriculum.  Partners of DOE’s Guidelines for Building Science Education will be highlighted on related websites and potentially receive recognition from DOE for their ... [continue reading]

Storytelling Our Way to a Better Life

Storytelling Our Way to a Better Life

Jim Gunshinan

The poet Muriel Rukeyser once said something like this: The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of stories. I think that conferences are made of stories too, like the one I’m at this week, the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.  [continue reading]

Book Review—Green Building Illustrated

Book Review—Green Building Illustrated

Jason Henderson

For those not familiar with “Ching books”, they’re essentially the gold standard for visual architecture reference and aid in the design process. Architect Francis D.K. Ching’s series of textbook-size volumes go through conceptual to intimate detail of design and construction for both novice and professionals alike. They’re commonly noted as the best and easiest-to-understand references for design professionals and builders the world over. It would be ... [continue reading]

Why High Performance HVACR Systems Save the Most Energy

Why High Performance HVACR Systems Save the Most Energy

Corey Lee Wilson

Commercial buildings consume more electricity than any other sector in California, constituting 38% of the state’s power use and over 25% of natural gas consumption. Meeting the state’s Zero Net Energy mandates (Assembly Bill 758) is a significant challenge, with Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) as a major source of potential energy savings. The California Long Term Strategic Energy Efficiency Plan states that 100% of HVACR systems would be installed to quality standards ... [continue reading]

Creating an Effective Marketing Plan for Your Home Performance Business

Creating an Effective Marketing Plan for Your Home Performance Business

Jacey Johnson

If you are in the business of managing a home performance company, you need to create an effective marketing plan. Many consumers are still unaware of the efforts made by the home performance industry, which means you need to be able to effectively relay what your business does. [continue reading]

DOE's Building America Solution Center Adds New, Interactive Checklist for EPA Indoor airPLUS With How-To Guides

DOE's Building America Solution Center Adds New, Interactive Checklist for EPA Indoor airPLUS With How-To Guides

Theresa Gilbride

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America Solution Center has added a new feature based on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor airPLUS checklist. The Solution Center, developed for the DOE Building Technologies Office Building America Program by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, is an interactive on-line tool giving home builders and contractors step-by-step guidance for implementing hundreds of energy-efficiency measures in new and existing homes. The Indoor airPLUS program ... [continue reading]

Larry Simi Takes the Reins as Build It Green's Interim CEO

Larry Simi Takes the Reins as Build It Green's Interim CEO

Adrienne DeAngelo

Build It Green’s Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Lawrence Simi has been appointed Interim CEO of Build It Green. Simi, a former executive at the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), brings a wealth of experience in the public sector and a track record of strong leadership, strategic thinking, and stakeholder collaboration.“We are thrilled that Larry Simi, a dynamic and visionary executive, will be leading Build ... [continue reading]

Time-of Use Electric Rates are Finally Catching On

Time-of Use Electric Rates are Finally Catching On

Charlie Hewitt

In the home energy field, it is easy to focus our attention on efficiency improvements.  Whether it is relamping, installing home automation, or tightening the home thermal envelope, there are plenty of cool things to hold our attention. The problem is that some of these innovations will not deliver on their full potential without jazzing up the underlying electric rate structures. The good news is that behavior-based rate plans are becoming available for customers ... [continue reading]

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