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How to Become a Home Performance Superhero

Author: Paul Morin
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October 08, 2015

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 ... [continue reading]

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Comparing and Contrasting Residential Green-Building Certifications

Author: Brett Little
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September 28, 2015

In residential construction—much more than in commercial construction—there are a surprising number of green building rating systems. These systems have different criteria to rate green buildings. This leaves homebuyers, builders, and ... [continue reading]

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Training in the 21st Century: From Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side

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July 01, 2014

Imagine you have just walked into the classroom. Right now the teacher is standing at the front, explaining some of the finer details of the second law of thermodynamics. The students are sitting at tables, ... [continue reading]

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Beyond Building: Training for the Green-Collar Economy

Author: Chris Cato
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July 01, 2013

Ely Flores, a 2005 graduate of a YouthBuild program in Los Angeles, is a Grid Alternatives outreach manager and works with low-income families to install solar panels to reduce their home energy costs. At Greenbuild 2012 in ... [continue reading]

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Laying a Foundation with the SWS

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June 30, 2013

The Standard Work Specifications (SWS) for Home Energy Upgrades were developed by DOE, its Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to set the standard for high-quality work in the weatherization ... [continue reading]

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Telling the Story of Home Performance

Author: Chris Dorsi
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June 30, 2013

We’re all engaged in the business of education, whether we recognize it or not. Every time we speak or write, after all, we’re hoping to educate others about our knowledge and ... [continue reading]

New Zero-Energy Homes Almost to Cost Parity, While Codes & Incentives Help Cross the Finish Line óBy RMI's Alisa Petersen

Rebecca Cole

New Zero-Energy Homes Almost to Cost Parity, While Codes & Incentives Help Cross the Finish Line óBy RMI's Alisa Petersen

If you had a choice between building new homes that meet basic standards and building comfortable, healthy homes that dramatically ...

Top US Cities Considered the Most Energy Efficient

Sandra Wood

Top US Cities Considered the Most Energy Efficient

Many people recognize the need for increased efforts to reduce energy consumption and make communities cleaner. As cities strive to ...

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