ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

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ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

In the ideal case of an individual installation, solar panels are mounted on the southern pitch of a roof of buildings with high insolation. (See “Vocabulary” for the definition of insolation and a ...

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Reaping the Benefits of Existing Tree Cover

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May 13, 2015

It’s a paradox in residential construction: Developers clear a wooded lot to create housing, and one of the first things the new owners do is buy small trees to plant on the property. ... [continue reading]

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Overcoming Codes and Standards Barriers to Innovations in Building Energy Efficiency

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February 15, 2015

Building codes have really motivated builders to increase the energy efficiency of new homes in recent years. But as quickly as the codes are changing, new products are coming to the market even faster. Sometimes ... [continue reading]

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Hot Water: Why Plumbing Technologies and System Designs Matter

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January 31, 2015

The average home in the United States makes at least 2,000 annual demands for hot water. And that’s very conservative. A more-likely demand value exceeds 4,000. Couple those demands with an average wait time for ... [continue reading]

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Clean Energy Works Oregon: Total Home Performance

Author: Tom White
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January 01, 2015

Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO) is the largest nonprofit home performance provider in Oregon, according to Derek Smith, CEO of CEWO. Home Energy Publisher Tom White spoke with Derek about his work in the Pacific ... [continue reading]

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Contributors

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January 01, 2015

Danielle Sass Byrnett “One-Stop Shop” This month’s article about DOE’s Better Buildings Residential Program Solution Center proved challenging to write for Danielle Sass Byrnett. “Capturing the essence of ... [continue reading]

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Honey, why is water dripping from the ceiling when it's bright and sunny outside?

Author: Bob Wendt
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January 01, 2015

This past February I received the following e-mail: Hi, Guys, We've had trouble with water spots on the ceiling since late last fall, and our builder tells us it's the result of melting snow—... [continue reading]

HVAC Contractor Spotlight: Rick Picard

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HVAC Contractor Spotlight: Rick Picard

Commitment to superior customer service is one of the reasons that Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating, HVAC and Electric has served the ...

The Real Women of Home Performance: Cindy Ojczyk

Macie Melendez

The Real Women of Home Performance: Cindy Ojczyk

Cindy Ojczyk (pronounced o-check) is the owner of Simply Green Design, where she helps clients navigate the process of creating ...

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