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Drawing the Line: Home Performance Versus HVAC Specialists?

Drawing the Line: Home Performance Versus HVAC Specialists?

Jason Wall

At one point not too long ago, it felt like the HVAC contractor community was strictly against the home performance community. One wanted to improve our home’s energy efficiency without sacrificing our climate control needs—and the other? They wanted to sell expensive metal boxes and scramble for the door before clients saw their energy bills come in. And that’s how the story went for some time. [continue reading]

ACCA Standards

ACCA Standards "Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement" Out for Public Review

Jim Gunshinan

The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute (ACCA-EI) Standards Task Team (STT) announces an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) public review period for its BSR/ACCA 12 QH -201x, "Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement" as a revised industry standard. The 45 day public review period started on July 19, 2013 with a comment deadline of September 2, 2013.   This revised standard provides minimum criteria by which deficiencies in existing residential buildings are identified by audit, improvement opportunities are ... [continue reading]

A Housing Recovery, but Not for All Americans

A Housing Recovery, but Not for All Americans

Kerry Donahue

Driven by rising home prices and growing demand, the U.S. housing recovery is well underway, concludes The State of the Nation’s Housing report released recently by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. While still at historically low levels, housing construction has finally turned the corner, giving the economy a much-needed boost. But even as the recovery gains momentum, millions of homeowners are still delinquent on their mortgages or owe ... [continue reading]

Be a Little Like a Used Car Salesperson

Be a Little Like a Used Car Salesperson

Jim Gunshinan

Used car salesmen get a bad rap, and there are good reasons for that. But I think the home performance community can learn from them in some important ways. I say that as someone who once had a serious case of buyer’s remorse, but got over it. [continue reading]

<i>Home Energy</i> Joins New DOE Residential Network

Home Energy Joins New DOE Residential Network

Macie Melendez

Home Energy has become a new member of the new U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Residential Network, which connects energy efficiency programs and partners to share best practices and learn from each other to dramatically increase the number of American homes that are energy efficient. [continue reading]

I Heard It Through The Grapevine: Lessons for Home Performance

I Heard It Through The Grapevine: Lessons for Home Performance

Alana Shindler

How is a vineyard like an energy efficient house? Not a trick question…I found out when touring in Sonoma County last weekend during a 4-hour, 4-1/2 mile hike and 500-foot elevation gain through the Kunde Family Estate over hills, dales, roads, trails, fields, and vine rows overlooking the beautiful Sonoma countryside. [continue reading]

The #HomePerformance Hashtag: Use It

The #HomePerformance Hashtag: Use It

Macie Melendez

If you’re anything like me, you thought at one point that you could completely ignore hashtags (any word or phrase preceded by the # symbol). When they were introduced to Twitter in 2010, I remember thinking, Those aren’t going to catch on. That’s so confusing! [continue reading]

Checklists—A Professional's Best Friend

Checklists—A Professional's Best Friend

Jim Gunshinan

Want to know why air travel is still, by far, the safest way to go? Do you want to know how hospitals around the world can cut the risk of post-surgical complications and death by more than half? Do you wonder why the greatest triumphs of engineering, buildings and infrastructure, are beautiful, as well as safe and functional? The answer is checklists. I was inspired by this simple and powerful tool after reading The Checklist ... [continue reading]

IREC Earns National Mark of Distinction through ANSI Accreditation

IREC Earns National Mark of Distinction through ANSI Accreditation

Laure-Jeanne Davignon

Did you notice IREC’s July 11 news release regarding our accreditation by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a developer of American national standards? Do you know what this means? [continue reading]

Dimmable Lights

Dimmable Lights

Ted Shoemaker

People have different lighting needs at different times. They want brighter lights at the workplace, for example, than they do evenings in the living room. This is where the new energy-saving and LED light bulbs can play a role. The German industrial association Initiative ELEKTRO+ reports that these lights not only use up to 80% less energy, but also are more and more available in a variety of forms that make it easier to get lighting ... [continue reading]

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