Clean Energy Works Oregon: Total Home Performance
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 ...
Many contractors have heard of the energy-efficient mortgage (EEM)--a government-sponsored financing tool that allows home buyers to roll the cost of retrofitting their homes with cost-effective, energy-efficient features into a mortgage. [continue reading]
For the last 10 years, Reward Wall Systems, a manufacturer of insulating concrete forms (ICFs) in Omaha, Nebraska, has offered an energy guarantee: their ICFs save homeowners 70% on heating and cooling compared to the 1992 Model Energy Code (MEC), or Reward pays 110% of the difference in energy costs. [continue reading]
The city of Pomona, California, is one of the first in the country to require home energy ratings for homes receiving city assistance for mortgages or rehabilitation. [continue reading]
City dwellers have long known that they spend less on transportation than do suburbanites. Now conservation organizations are studying how these savings might translate into higher qualifying ratios for home mortgages. [continue reading]
Since the late 1970s, states have tried to integrate energy efficiency considerations into the daily business practices of the housing finance, sales, and construction industries. [continue reading]
In its first serious effort to address the barriers of financing energy efficiency improvements in existing homes, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Renewal (HUD) has selected five states--Alaska, Arkansas, California, Vermont, and Virginia--to participate in an Energy-Efficient Mortgage (EEM) pilot program. [continue reading]
Smart building design and construction professionals know that a building is more than a sum of its parts—it&...
I've had a decades-long love affair with dumb, passive houses. Passive. As in do-nothing. I love the design challenge ...