When Above Average Is Not Good Enough
Let’s imagine two neighboring families on a residential block—the Joneses and the Smiths. Their homes are of comparable size and age, and both are families of four, living typical middle-class lifestyles. ...
Let’s imagine two neighboring families on a residential block—the Joneses and the Smiths. Their homes are of comparable size and age, and both are families of four, living typical middle-class lifestyles. ... [continue reading]
Round-robin energy audits and a building science stakeholder survey help to inform technical and policy discussions for single-family homes. [continue reading]
Our attempt to improve the energy efficiency of our home began in 2008, after the electrical portion of our utility bill soared over $400. We had long been resigned to a steep energy bill, in part because ... [continue reading]
In the past, blower door testing in apartment buildings had its obstacles -- difficulty, expenses, and uncertain payoff. Well, not anymore. See why these reasons no longer apply for most U.S. buildings. [continue reading]
In 1949, according to DOE’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), residential electricity consumption was 5% of total residential energy consumption. By 2009, it was 40%. This rise is attributable to many factors—appliance and equipment saturation, innovations ... [continue reading]
Why unhealthy homes cause unhealthy occupants. [continue reading]
It would be funny if it weren't so serious. An experienced home performance contractor takes you on a tour of some hidden home features that will have you scratching your head. [continue reading]
Space conditioning is the biggest piece of the residential energy pie, and thermal shell improvement is a homeowner's best opportunity ...
Energy supplies and efficiency in new home construction took an interesting turn when researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) ...