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Register by August 31 for Discount to EEBA High Performance Home Summit

Register by August 31 for Discount to EEBA High Performance Home Summit

John O'Reilly

What does the future of U.S. homebuilding look like? According to The Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA), builders who dominate their markets over the next decade will be those who can offer customers high-performance homes that are both well-designed and affordable. EEBA’s High Performance Home Summit, to be held October 16-18 in San Diego, will be a clearinghouse of knowledge that builders need to succeed. This year’s Summit theme, &... [continue reading]

HomeSmart International Joins the Pearl Broker Advantage Program in Arizona

HomeSmart International Joins the Pearl Broker Advantage Program in Arizona

pearladmin

Vienna, Virginia and Scottsdale, Arizona – July 19, 2018 – Pearl Certification and HomeSmart International are proud to announce that HomeSmart Arizona has been accepted into Pearl’s prestigious Broker Advantage Program. HomeSmart is the first broker in Arizona to receive this distinction. [continue reading]

Our First Year with Solar Panels

Our First Year with Solar Panels

Chris Stratton

We got solar panels installed on our home on 22 April 2016 - Earth Day, coincidentally. We now have a full year's worth of energy data since they were installed, so I thought I would look at how much energy they produced and how much we consumed during our first year of having solar. Fair warning: this post will inevitably be pretty wonky. I'm glad to delve into technical details further in comments or elsewhere if people ... [continue reading]

New Consortium for Energy Efficiency Report – High Stakes for Energy Efficiency

New Consortium for Energy Efficiency Report – High Stakes for Energy Efficiency

Joe Cullen, Director of Policy and State Outreach

Given the critical role that state and local energy policy and regulations play in the development of energy efficiency marketplaces, HPC focuses on removing state and local barriers to the growth of small businesses seeking to thrive in the residential energy efficiency marketplace. HPC's policy efforts are focused on state-based cost-effectiveness testing. [continue reading]

Benito Steen's video,

Benito Steen's video, "Building with Mud: A Continuum" Looks Good Enough To Eat

Leslie Jackson

There are lots of videos about Natural Building. Sublime dialogue-free ones with just music; a favorite of mine shows step-by-step construction of a timber frame build in Finland with no dialogue, just great music, the photography is expertly done and clear. It begins with horses skidding freshly felled trees in a snow-carpeted forest to the building site. Hand-tools only, this film shows beautiful hatchets and axes, and the textures of slices of wood dancing off ... [continue reading]

Adding Value to Contractors’ Work in the Mortgage Market

Adding Value to Contractors’ Work in the Mortgage Market

Julie Caracino, HPC Director of Research & Standards

Home Performance Coalition, with the Appraisal Institute, is working to increase demand for residential energy efficiency by ensuring that the improvements people make to their homes – largely completed by contractors – are accurately reflected in the value of the home. [continue reading]

Electrifying Buildings for Decarbonization

Electrifying Buildings for Decarbonization

Kelly Vaughn

Seventy million American homes and businesses burn natural gas, oil, or propane on-site to heat their space and water, generating 560 million tons of carbon dioxide each year—one-tenth of total US emissions. But now, we have the opportunity to meet nearly all our buildings’ energy needs with electricity from an increasingly low-carbon electric grid, eliminating direct fossil fuel use in buildings and making obsolete much of the gas distribution system—along with ... [continue reading]

Home Energy Pros Forum Thriving

Home Energy Pros Forum Thriving

Lindsay Bachman, Diane Chojnowski, Jim Gunshinan

Home Energy Pros Forum has reached a milestone. We are welcoming our 6,000th member to the premier online community for home performance pros! More than 425 new members have joined since the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) took over stewardship of the site on October 1, 2017. Home Energy Pros was founded in 2011 by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab scientist Evan Mills, with support from DOE and the help of Home Energy Magazine. The community merged with David Butler's dynamic ... [continue reading]

What You Need to Know About California's New Solar Panel Law

What You Need to Know About California's New Solar Panel Law

Elaine Thompson

California took the bold step recently to become the first state to require all new homes—including multi-family residential buildings, up to three stories—built after January 1, 2020 to have solar arrays installed. This is huge news, as California often leads the waywhen it comes to green developments. While there have been a few cities in the United States that have such mandates, California’s is the first statewide decision. It’s ... [continue reading]

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