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Comments on The North American Passive House Network 2014 Conference

Comments on The North American Passive House Network 2014 Conference

David Kaufman

I recently attended the conference for the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN). NAPHN promotes and mobilizes North American building industries to implement the international Passive House Standard and dramatically improve the quality and sustainability of our built environment. The Internation Passive House Association, headquartered in Germany, has been around for 27 years and recently certified its 1 millionth square meter (10,764 millionth square foot). [continue reading]

BPI's Home Energy Auditing Standard Published as ANSI Standard

BPI's Home Energy Auditing Standard Published as ANSI Standard

Mike Kandel

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) is proud to announce that BPI-1100-T-2014: Home Energy Auditing Standard has been published as an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard. The Home Energy Auditing Standard defines the requirements for a building science-based evaluation, or audit, of existing detached single-family dwellings and townhouses that meet specific criteria detailed in the scope of the standard. "ANSI/BPI-1100 is the core of what energy auditors and building analysts do," said ... [continue reading]

Sense and Survivability: How Evolution Shapes Design Decisions

Sense and Survivability: How Evolution Shapes Design Decisions

Samuel Pobst

The 3.8 billion years of evolution of the DNA strand that uniquely identifies the human genome has invested in humanity a host of sensory inputs that are essential to our survival. We possess an exceptional set of sensors from which we extract many subtle cues from our environment, providing us with constant reassurance of our safety. If our building designs do not satisfy our innate security interests, then we feel disconnected. [continue reading]

Energy Analysis: So Much to Know...

Energy Analysis: So Much to Know...

Shawna Henderson

It's hard to wrap your head around the amount of number crunching that goes into energy analysis, and how to prioritize your time and effort when working on a project. There are energy modelling tools that can be used that make it easier, but in a lot of cases, the easier the modelling tool is to use, and the less actual, real-world performance testing data you input, the more likely the result will be a ... [continue reading]

The Wired Home: Which Technologies Actually Work?

The Wired Home: Which Technologies Actually Work?

Abby Perkins

With today's sky-high energy costs, homeowners and energy industry professionals alike are constantly looking for ways to increase energy efficiency and save money. Fortunately, advancements in home automation technology have made this easier than ever. [continue reading]

A Green Way to Insulate for Extreme Energy Efficiency

A Green Way to Insulate for Extreme Energy Efficiency

Rob Nicely

Back in the '70s, California’s Title 24 revised the state’s building code to include limits for energy usage in built environments. The go-to solution for stemming the amount of energy required for heating and cooling quickly became insulation. For decades, the most frequently used type of insulation was fiberglass batt, laid between framing in walls and ceilings. To work effectively, insulation has to completely stop the movement of air. The fiberglass itself ... [continue reading]

The Energy Industry is Up for Grabs

The Energy Industry is Up for Grabs

Martha Wampler Behm

Almost 30% of Americans would leave their utility if they could, according to Shelton Group’s 10th annual Energy Pulse study. And of those, fully 64% would choose a non-utility alternative like SolarCity, Google, or Comcast. [continue reading]

Energy, Inc. and LockState to Provide Advanced Control for Energy Monitoring

Energy, Inc. and LockState to Provide Advanced Control for Energy Monitoring

John Cargile

Energy Inc., a privately held corporation that designs and manufactures real-time electricity management systems for residential and commercial use, recently announced the integration with home automation and load control device manufacturer, LockState. By broadening the flexibility of interoperable devices within the home area network, LockState, maker of door locks, plug strips, thermostats and cameras, can help electric utilities offer consumers more ways to save energy, and to participate in demand response programs, particularly during peak ... [continue reading]

Complete HVAC with Whole Home Performance

Complete HVAC with Whole Home Performance

Sophia Moore

Every contractor needs to know how important efficiency is for this industry, as the world grows around us we have new technology every day. Being able to offer and explain the latest, most efficient equipment can give you a great edge on your market. Although in some situations, having the most efficient equipment simply doesn’t cut it and there are many different issues that can prevent your install from performing as advertised, including: [continue reading]

A Pause for Reflection: After 30 Years, Conservation Services Group Considers the Future of Energy Efficiency

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Kevin Farrell

In early September, Conservation Services Group (CSG) celebrated its 30-year anniversary with more than 200 guests. During the celebration at the company’s headquarters in Westborough, Mass., founder and CEO, Steve Cowell spoke about the historic successes and challenges faced by the energy community, using the anniversary as an opportunity to reflect on the growth of residential energy efficiency and look toward the future. [continue reading]

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