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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Digital Manometers

Author: Paul Raymer
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January 04, 2011

One of the most frequently asked questions that I get when I teach building science courses is, “What equipment should I buy to get started in this business?” There is no question that ... [continue reading]

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Energy Star for Homes 3.0

Author: Steve Mann
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January 03, 2011

Energy Star is probably the most widely recognized energy efficiency brand in North America. A recent study cited it as the second-most trusted consumer brand, right behind the Good Housekeeping seal. Critics of that study ... [continue reading]

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Comparing Open- and Closed-Cell Foams

Author: Ed Wyatt
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November 04, 2010

Q. Home performance contracting is new to us at our residential heating and cooling company in the Northeast. We are trying to do best by our customers as we learn on the go. One issue ... [continue reading]

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California's Advanced Homes Program

Author: Steve Mann
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September 01, 2010

California is slowly moving toward net zero energy construction, defined as building structures that produce as much energy on-site as they consume. The Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan of the California Public Utilities Commission (... [continue reading]

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Time-of-Sale Energy Labeling of Homes: A Concept

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July 01, 2010

In 2003, the European Commission passed the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)—perhaps the first mandatory implementation of time-of-sale energy labeling of buildings. To date, the United States has not followed suit. However, recent ... [continue reading]

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Data Logging Primer

Author: Steve Mann
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July 01, 2010

There are many reasons to measure things in the building science world. For instance, you may need to commission a commercial building to guarantee temperatures, air flows, or other comfort parameters. You may need to ... [continue reading]

 How to Reduce Household Waste and Help the Environment

Erich Lawson

How to Reduce Household Waste and Help the Environment

There is a lot of debate going on about climate change and global warming. The naysayers claim it is a ...

Encouraging Homeowners to Invest in Impact-Rated Windows

Jason Fowler

Encouraging Homeowners to Invest in Impact-Rated Windows

If you work with homeowners who live somewhere inland, one of their top considerations when choosing new windows for their ...

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