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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The New Deal in Energy Education: Workforce Guidelines for Home Energy Upgrades

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July 01, 2011

Inspired by Vice President Joe Biden’s vision to expand job opportunities and make residential buildings more energy efficient, the Recovery Through Retrofit Workforce Working Group has developed and released the Workforce Guidelines for ... [continue reading]

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Retrofit Is In

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May 01, 2011

It’s easy to talk about building new houses that are energy efficient. When you build from the ground up, you can do anything—the thickest insulation, the best sealants, the most efficient ... [continue reading]

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Raising the Bar for Home Performance

Author: John Tooley
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March 06, 2011

New standardized work specifications aim to eliminate work defects and transform the retrofit industry. [continue reading]

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The Robo Retrofit House

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March 05, 2011

Much is learned from a side-by-side study of a retrofit home and standard-built home. [continue reading]

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Residential Building Research at NREL

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January 04, 2011

The Residential Building Research Team at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) focuses on improving the energy efficiency of, and reducing carbon emissions from, approximately 130 million U.S. homes. Cost-effective improvements in the energy efficiency ... [continue reading]

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Taking the Lead on Lead

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November 07, 2010

Learn how to weatherize homes with lead paint present while obeying the law, and keeping workers and home occupants safe from lead poisoning. [continue reading]

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Unusual Wood-Burning Insert Installation

Author: John Krigger
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November 07, 2010

Energy expert continues to learn from a deep energy retrofit of his Montana Home. This time he's installing a wood-burning stove to save money, add ambiance, and provide security during emergencies - like when runaway trains knock out a town's power. [continue reading]

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Rebuilding Together Tulsa

Author: Amanda Walz
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November 07, 2010

In 2008, Rebuilding Together Tulsa (RTT) introduced its Energy Efficiency program that, along with energy efficiency, incorporates broader green housing principles such as water efficiency, and indoor environmental health. This program provided 34 low-income homeowners with energy ... [continue reading]

Energy Promotes LEDs, with Facts and Fun

Christel Ghattas on behalf of Energy Star

Energy Promotes LEDs, with Facts and Fun

What do fortune tellers, couch potatoes, and amateur make-up artists have in common? They’re all hopelessly in the ...

Wind energy and solar power for your home

Olivia Moore

Wind energy and solar power for your home

Using the wind energy and solar power you can supply your home with ecologically produced electricity. These systems will decrease ...

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