California Residential Retrofits: Ten Important Lessons Learned

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California Residential Retrofits: Ten Important Lessons Learned

The potential for reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions through retrofitting existing homes offers major incentives for future work.

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Advancing Home Performance House By House

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January 04, 2008

A small home performance company is growing by leaps and bounds by providing something of value to all it's customers - including an education in home performance. [continue reading]

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The Smart Sell

Author: Steve Tratt
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January 04, 2008

Using the right approach to energy efficiency upgrades can mean the difference between success and failure for a home performance contractor. [continue reading]

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Contractors Aggregate Carbon Credits

Author: Larry Zarker
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January 01, 2008

Contractors accredited by the Building Performance Institute (BPI) offer utilities and state conservation programs huge opportunities to verify savings not only in energy usage in existing homes, but also in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. That&... [continue reading]

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Moving from Energy Efficiency to Carbon Footprint

Author: Greg Thomas
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January 01, 2008

I have been in the energy efficiency and renewable energy business for almost 30 years, and I am seeing more rapid change now in this industry than ever before. More and more people understand that energy ... [continue reading]

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Moving Toward Carbon Neutrality

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January 01, 2008

In July 2007, Affordable Comfort, Incorporated, (ACI) convened a summit in San Francisco, which was called “Moving Existing Homes Toward Carbon Neutrality.” The goal of the summit was to create and clarify a vision ... [continue reading]

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Germany's Efficient Homes

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January 01, 2008

German energy agency, dena's, Efficient Homes project is tapping into substantial energy savings through the retrofits of existing buildings. [continue reading]

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Why Leave a Gap in Crawlspace Insulation?

Author: Cyrus Dastur
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July 01, 2007

I read your article “Closed Crawlspaces Do Double Duty,” from the 2005 Special Issue (p. 32), with great interest.  The crawlspace in our new home is built over a 4-inch cement floor over plastic ... [continue reading]

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Who Says Water and Electricity Don't Mix?

Author: Tony Laska
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Oregon boasts a national reputation for being green, both in its mountain watersheds and in environmental awareness. For nearly five years, residential customers of Oregon’s largest electric and gas providers have been receiving ... [continue reading]

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NIST Test House Exceeds Goal

The net-zero energy test house at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in suburban Washington, D.C., not ...

New Title 24 Standards

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New Title 24 Standards

Updated building standards, designed to get more energy savings from new and existing residential and nonresidential buildings, take effect July 1 ...

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