The Future of Building Performance and the HVAC Industry

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The Future of Building Performance and the HVAC Industry

The building performance and HVAC industries are destined to interact in the marketplace, since they both work for and with millions of American homeowners and businesses. The two industries share important common ground in that ...

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Virtual Combustion Testing

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February 25, 2013

As any BPI Building Analyst will tell you, it’s hard to become adept at combustion testing. It takes lots of practice, in real houses, with real mechanical equipment. No amount of classroom training ... [continue reading]

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Static-Pressure Probes: Measuring Combustion Draft

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January 02, 2013

Looking for a draft in a flue by measuring just the pressure in the flue—with reference to the combustion appliance zone, or CAZ—is a bit like discussing the speed of a ... [continue reading]

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Forward Motion: Career Path Options with the New Home Energy Professional Certifications

Author: Larry Zarker
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August 28, 2012

The green building community is sold on the value of certifications. For the worker, professional credentials demonstrate a degree of knowledge and skill. They help employers screen applicants and help energy efficiency program administrators set ... [continue reading]

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Energy Upgrade California

Author: Steve Mann
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August 28, 2012

On an ongoing basis, California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs), in collaboration with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC), develop programs designed to promote residential energy efficiency. In 2010, recognizing ... [continue reading]

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Testing Duct Testers

Author: Paul Raymer
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June 29, 2012

According to DOE’s Building America program data, typical residential ductwork efficiency is about 67%. That means that if you install a 90% efficient furnace, your system efficiency would be just over 60%. Another way to look ... [continue reading]

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Smart Utility Bill Disaggregation

Author: Steve Mann
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April 30, 2012

Energy auditors use a simple, well-known approach called a utility bill disaggregation to analyze a home's overall energy use. Here's a quick summary of that technique as detailed in Krigger and Dorsey's Residential Energy: [continue reading]

5 Ways to Improve Homeowners' Energy Efficiency Outdoors

Josh Weiss-Roessler

5 Ways to Improve Homeowners' Energy Efficiency Outdoors

When most people think about ways to save energy in their home, their minds first go to insulation. It makes ...

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"Cool Smart" Program Celebrates 10th Anniversary

A dozen Northeast companies received COOL SMART awards during the New England Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) golf tournament ...

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