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Energy Code Enforcement is Part of the Foundation

Energy Code Enforcement is Part of the Foundation

Caitriona Cooke

Smart building design and construction professionals know that a building is more than a sum of its parts—it’s a complex system. For example, a poorly designed HVAC system can turn an otherwise efficient home into an energy hog. The understanding that a home is a complex system is reflected in today’s building codes, and proper compliance ensures that we’re building better energy performance into the process from ... [continue reading]

Why I Love Dumb, Passive Do-Nothing Houses

Why I Love Dumb, Passive Do-Nothing Houses

Shawna Henderson

I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge of making do with the site and the microclimates that a house can be tucked into, the available solar gain, the building envelope. The minimal interjection of technology to maintain comfort has always been appealing to me, mainly because I'm selectively cheap and lazy. I don't want to do anything that costs ... [continue reading]

Join DOE for a Webinar on Home Energy Score

Join DOE for a Webinar on Home Energy Score

Joan Glickman

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the release of a new online simulation tool that provides free, targeted training and testing to individuals interested in providing the Home Energy Score – a standard energy efficiency assessment and score generated only by qualifying professionals. The Home Energy Score Simulation Training (the Sim) lets candidates walk through different virtual homes with numerous combinations of energy-related characteristics. The Sim trains candidates on skills specifically required to ... [continue reading]

Water Heaters Get an Efficiency Makeover Courtesy of DOE

Water Heaters Get an Efficiency Makeover Courtesy of DOE

Marianne DiMascio

From the rustic 1850s pump shower to the 1920s Humphrey automatic to today’s modern units, water heaters have made great strides in performance and efficiency. On April 16, 2015, water heaters will take the next great stride when manufacturers must comply with new Department of Energy (DOE) efficiency standards. The most common water heaters manufactured on and after this date will get a modest boost in efficiency, while units over 55 ... [continue reading]

Number of Certified Passive House Square Meters Reaches One Million Mark

Number of Certified Passive House Square Meters Reaches One Million Mark

Benjamin Wünsch

Building owners throughout the world are increasingly turning to the Passive House standard. This past autumn, the number of square meters that have been certified internationally based on the highly efficient standard reached one million. The symbolic threshold was crossed with the certification of the Midori Haus in Santa Cruz, California. Almost 25 years after the construction of a prototype house in Darmstadt, tens of thousands of tenants and homeowners continue to benefit from the low ... [continue reading]

Law Could Prevent Ambitious Battery Storage Plan in Texas

Law Could Prevent Ambitious Battery Storage Plan in Texas

Holbert Janson

The transmission utility responsible for the electricity infrastructure of much of Texas has an idea that could change the power industry. Oncor, who is responsible for transmitting power to large parts of the state including the Dallas/Fort Worth area wants to invest billions of dollars in large scale battery storage to help manage the uneven demand for electricity and improve the reliability of the region's electric grid.  Batteries would allow the utility ... [continue reading]

A Tale of Two Cities: Comparative Cooling Strategies in Japan and the US

A Tale of Two Cities: Comparative Cooling Strategies in Japan and the US

Tom White

Infographic by Sarah Outcault, Kristin Heinemeier, Jennifer Kutzleb, Marco Pritoni, Qiwei Wang, and Paul Fortunato of the Western Cooling Efficiency Center.  [continue reading]

 My Home Energy Project: Step 3 - Lighting

My Home Energy Project: Step 3 - Lighting

Laura Paul

A year ago I started a project to reduce the energy consumption in my condo. I’ve gone through two keys steps already: measuring the energy I currently use and taking steps to reduce the energy used for heating (HVAC)). My next main area of focus was on lighting. Lighting accounts for approximately 20% of energy use, both in residential and commercial infrastructure. In order to reduce the energy used by lighting, I implemented ... [continue reading]

Gas Safety Systems

Gas Safety Systems

Daniel Sheridan

If I could retrofit my house and install a Sprinkler System I would do it in a New York minute. Sprinkler systems save lives and prevent fires from spreading, plain and simple. They are not complicated systems. They work by putting water on fire. [continue reading]

My Home Energy Project: Step 2 - Heating

My Home Energy Project: Step 2 - Heating

Laura Paul

Recently, when it really started to feel like winter (cold, crisp mornings, snow-filled streets, and a pitch black ride home), I knew what it meant. [continue reading]

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