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NASCSP WAP White House Event a Success

NASCSP WAP White House Event a Success

Timothy Warfield

Weatherization product and service suppliers were well represented at Weatherization Drives New Technology and the Home Performance Industry, the White House event hosted by the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) on December 9th. Results of the event will help in our campaign to persuade Congress to increase Weatherization funding in 2014. For those in attendance as well as those who watched from afar via live stream, we thank you. The event generated ... [continue reading]

Does Your State Reward Energy Efficiency?

Does Your State Reward Energy Efficiency?

Ben Barnes

Homeowners throughout the United States can find incentives for making their homes more energy efficient with federal and state government tax credits. Take a look at the highlights from the states making the most significant investments in energy efficiency. [continue reading]

BPI's Building Science Principles Certificate: Why I Did It and Why You Should Too

BPI's Building Science Principles Certificate: Why I Did It and Why You Should Too

Emily Shaw

You can tell how long someone’s been in a particular industry by their mastery of the acronyms. I joined EnergyCircle on October 23 as a technical project manager, and I already knew all the web development acronyms: UX, HTML, FTP, CSS, UAT, XML, SQL.  But when my new job began a month ago, I knew no more than the average person about home performance. I started hearing CFM, ACH, XPS, VOC, SHGC, SEER, ... [continue reading]

Book Review: Multi Family Weatherization Resource Guide

Book Review: Multi Family Weatherization Resource Guide

Heather Larson

Multi Family Weatherization Resource Guide by the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc., 2012, New York is a tool for professionals working on the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) to apply their services to multifamily buildings. It provides details on technical topics and a broad policy context of how the national WAP has been implemented on the state and local level and relates to other low-income housing resources. [continue reading]

Old World Solutions for Amazingly Efficient Modern HVAC Alternatives

Old World Solutions for Amazingly Efficient Modern HVAC Alternatives

Ruben Keogh

I’m anything but a Luddite (I suppose I wouldn’t be writing an article for the internet if I was). If given the choice between a “classic” piece of equipment/technology and the most recent version or, say, between a homeopathic/alternative medical treatment and the most contemporary course of Western treatment, it’s a no-brainer: I’ll take the modern option every time. I only bring this ... [continue reading]

ACI California Home Performance Conference: Mind the Gap

ACI California Home Performance Conference: Mind the Gap

Tom White

ACI hosted its Regional Home Performance Conference (#acica13) in La Jolla, Calif. earlier this week for approximately 200 attendees and 23 exhibitors. This event comes at a critical juncture as the second phase of Energy Upgrade California (the first was during the ARRA Recovery Act period) is currently ramped up by the Regional Area Networks, the new configuration of utilities, program managers, and implementers.  [continue reading]

Report on Whole House Ratings in California

Report on Whole House Ratings in California

Michael E. Bachand

There is some discussion in certain stakeholder sectors regarding the relevance and volume of California Whole House Home Energy Ratings (WHRs) as a useful tool to employ in home energy retrofits. The data indicates both increasing usage and relevance to the market. [continue reading]

Transitioning HVAC Companies to Whole House Performance Contractors

Transitioning HVAC Companies to Whole House Performance Contractors

Stacy Hunt

Existing contractors are well suited to take on the tasks of whole house energy upgrades and to advance large-scale energy efficiency in the residential market. To showcase this opportunity and to help the industry understand the transition process, Building America undertook research with a focus on HVAC companies, based on their market position of typically having an existing and ongoing relationship with homeowners through service and maintenance contracts. [continue reading]

Training is an Investment, not a Commodity

Training is an Investment, not a Commodity

Kevin Beck

When I first caught the home performance “bug” in 2003 I had to train myself how to do all this stuff. Sure, I had an advantage, being a contractor and home builder for the 30 years but, for this new industry, there were no mentors to turn to so that I could learn the proper techniques on how to remediate homes to make them more livable and energy efficient. [continue reading]

Florida Energy Code Revision Highlights Cost-Effectiveness of Reflective Insulation for Masonry Walls

Florida Energy Code Revision Highlights Cost-Effectiveness of Reflective Insulation for Masonry Walls

Paul Nutcher

Buried in 2012 technical committee reports to the Florida Building Commission are new findings that show the cost per square foot is much less for energy code compliance in Florida with reflective insulation. Because of the technical studies and experts testimony, the 2013 Florida Building Code Energy Conservation sections will be rewritten with this new knowledge about the benefits of reflective insulation. [continue reading]

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