How to Become a Home Performance Superhero

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How to Become a Home Performance Superhero

What do Home Performance Contractors (HPCs) do? Fundamentally, they ask homeowners what heating, cooling and ventilation problems they have and take care of fixing them. As with other services an HVAC contractor provides, it boils ...

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House of Pressure

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March 01, 2010

A house that sits on a table and that you can see through makes a fine teaching and learning tool. [continue reading]

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BPI Exam Prep

Author: Steve Mann
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March 01, 2010

Steve Mann is a HERS rater, Green Point rater, LEED AP, Certified Energy Analyst, serial remodeler, and long-time software engineer. Experienced HERS raters and BPI-certified technicians know that there is a huge difference between passing ... [continue reading]

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ACI Leader Helen Perrine Retiring

Author: Ann Belser
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March 01, 2010

It was two weeks into Jimmy Carter’s presidency in 1977 that the Georgian donned a sweater on national television and said there was a permanent energy shortage, so we should all turn down our ... [continue reading]

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Comfort to the Maxx

Author: Steve Mann
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January 07, 2010

In the September/October issue of Home Energy, which includes the Home Performance Contractor’s Business Development Guide, David Butler makes an important point about home performance contracting (p. 6): “The home performance industry ... [continue reading]

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Onward, Home Performance Soldiers!

Author: Larry Zarker
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November 01, 2009

The rapid expansion of weatherization programs funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (AARA) is requiring an army of newly trained professionals led by veteran home performance contractors. In response, the Building Performance Institute (... [continue reading]

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On-the-Job Mentoring

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September 04, 2009

A theoretical understanding is not enough, and the kind of one-one-one mentoring your workers get in the field - working on real houses with real problems - often can't happen in a classroom or online. [continue reading]

Energy Innovation

Rick Barnett

Energy Innovation

Space conditioning is the biggest piece of the residential energy pie, and thermal shell improvement is a homeowner's best opportunity ...

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Marlene Taylor

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Energy supplies and efficiency in new home construction took an interesting turn when researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) ...

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