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ACI National Home Performance Conference 2014 Highlights

ACI National Home Performance Conference 2014 Highlights

Jim Gunshinan

As usual, the ACI National Home Performance Conference contained too many highlights to mention in one blog post. So I will share just a few. [continue reading]

Stephen L. Cowell of Conservation Services Group Receives BPI's 2014 Tony Woods Award

Stephen L. Cowell of Conservation Services Group Receives BPI's 2014 Tony Woods Award

Leslie McDowell

On April 30, the Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) honored Stephen L. Cowell of Conservation Services Group by naming him the 2014 recipient of the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry, at the Opening Plenary ceremony of the ACI National Home Performance Conference in Detroit, Michigan. [continue reading]

Uniting the Industry Around Education: Highlights of the 2014 HVAC Educators and Trainers Conference

Uniting the Industry Around Education: Highlights of the 2014 HVAC Educators and Trainers Conference

Renee Tomlinson

Despite record unemployment numbers across America, employers in the HVACR industry are having trouble finding people with the right skills to fill open positions. [continue reading]

Equipment Lease Program Lowers Hurdles for Cincinnati Contractors

Equipment Lease Program Lowers Hurdles for Cincinnati Contractors

Danielle Sass Byrnett

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance (GCEA)—a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Better Buildings Neighborhood Program partner—has a successful equipment lease program that provides local contractors with access to the tools they need to expand their services into home performance without requiring a major upfront investment. [continue reading]

Energy Education Data Jam 2014

Energy Education Data Jam 2014

Linda Silverman

Shortly after taking office in 2009, President Obama launched the Open Government Initiative, an effort to increase transparency, participation, and collaboration in the federal government. The initiative introduced a number of websites and strategies to offer raw government data, including research grant information on data.gov. For energy gurus, data.gov/energy offers downloads of energy-related data such as energy use and consumption in the U.S. [continue reading]

Energy OutWest 2014

Energy OutWest 2014

Jim Gunshinan

I was at the Energy OutWest Conference several years ago, but a memory still stands out from that event. I was at lunch with a man who was a weatherization technician. He was bitter. The people we help don’t care about saving energy, as long as someone else is paying for it, he said. And he went on like that.   I’m at this year’s Energy OutWest in San ... [continue reading]

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 2

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 2

Jim Gunshinan

I am in San Diego for the Energy Out West conference, and I want to write about it, but while it is fresh in my mind I want to fill you in on my latest Energy Upgrade California experience first. [continue reading]

Babies and Energy

Babies and Energy

Macie Melendez

I’ve just returned to the office from maternity leave and have been giving energy a lot of thought recently—human energy that is. More specifically, how is it possible that I still have the energy to take care of my newborn baby boy when I’m getting less sleep than I’ve ever gotten in my entire life? Also, how does this tiny human—who only requires the basics (... [continue reading]

Behavior Energy and Climate Change (BECC)—Call for Abstracts

Behavior Energy and Climate Change (BECC)—Call for Abstracts

Susan Mazur-Stommen

2014 Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference, December 7-10, Grand Hyatt, Washington, DC [continue reading]

Opportunities in Large Data Collection and Analysis

Opportunities in Large Data Collection and Analysis

Heather Stafford

The Building America Program is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on needs and opportunities for large data collection for energy efficiency projects. The webinar will focus on specific Building America projects that are looking to gather and analyze large bodies of data on new and existing homes, and will feature opportunities for industry to collaborate with researchers to gather and analyze valuable data. [continue reading]

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