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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]

Survey - Healthy Efficient New California Homes Study

Survey - Healthy Efficient New California Homes Study

Wanyu Rengie Chan

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is conducting a research study on new homes in California. We invite you to participate in this survey if you live in a house, townhouse, or duplex, and if your home was built in 2002 or later. [continue reading]

New Report Reveals Importance of Energy Efficiency in Keeping Electricity Rates Low

New Report Reveals Importance of Energy Efficiency in Keeping Electricity Rates Low

Allison Eckley

Clean energy is no longer a niche industry—its presence continues to expand nationwide, with the most recent impacts made in rural communities. In fact, in North Carolina, there are now solar farms, LEED certified buildings, waste-to-energy systems, and electric vehicle fueling stations in every corner of the state. According to the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA), building efficiency and solar sectors are the leading clean energy industry sectors in North Carolina, representing 59% of ... [continue reading]

Home Performance Coalition Joins Home Energy Information Accelerator

Home Performance Coalition Joins Home Energy Information Accelerator

Stephanie Rex

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced two new Better Buildings Accelerators, which will convene leaders to focus on key solutions to expanding energy efficiency in the residential sector. Partners will focus on expanding awareness of homes’ energy efficiency and streamlining the processes used to help consumers improve the efficiency of their homes. The Home Performance Coalition is proud to have joined the Home Energy Information Accelerator and is committed to strengthening the ... [continue reading]

An Unexpected Blessing

An Unexpected Blessing

Jim Gunshinan

When I received an email from Larry Zarker of BPI, informing me that I had been inducted into the BPI Building Performance Hall of Fame, I thought it must be a big mistake. Then I looked at the list of previous inductees and was sure it was a mistake! I haven’t even done a blower door test all by myself. I don’t do home performance work, I just write about it ... [continue reading]

Energy Use Patterns in Off-Grid Houses: It's All About the Energy Budget, Right?

Energy Use Patterns in Off-Grid Houses: It's All About the Energy Budget, Right?

Shawna Henderson

I grew up on the West Coast of Canada, and I have had the good fortune to spend lots of time in and around the Gulf Islands, the Sunshine Coast, and Tofino. Earlier in March, an article in Huffington Post (Canada) featured the off-grid community of Lasqueti Island – 400 people living with site-generated power. The article was based on a 2012 episode of Global News’ documentary series 16x9 that was included in an article published ... [continue reading]

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