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100 Homes and Counting...

100 Homes and Counting...

Macie Schreibman

On April 15, 2011, Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 2004 that's dedicated to helping veterans who have returned home from combat with serious disabilities and injuries since September 11, 2001, kicked off the build of its 101st home in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Homes for Our Troops is building this particular home (see photo) for U.S. Army Sergeant Jude Recendez who lost both of his legs while deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2006. [continue reading]

Blair Hamilton (1949Ė2011)

Blair Hamilton (1949Ė2011)

Macie Schreibman

Known to most in the industry as the co-founder (with his wife, Beth Sachs) of Vermont Energy Investment Corporation (VEIC) and Efficiency Vermont, Blair Hamilton will be remembered professionally for his dedication to affordable energy efficiency—and personally for so much more. At 61 years of age, Hamilton passed away on April 8 after a long battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. [continue reading]

Defining Quality: The John Tooley Way

Defining Quality: The John Tooley Way

Macie Schreibman

Although I was a first-timer at ACI a couple of weeks ago, there were so many more numbers that I found interesting. First off, attendees had 144 sessions to choose from in just 2.5 days, there was at least one person in attendance from all 50 states (and 7 Canadian provinces), there were 101 exhibitors (the largest to date), and ACI celebrated its 25th anniversary. For all of this, I have one word: Wow! [continue reading]

ACI Highlights - Part 2

ACI Highlights - Part 2

Pat Colburn

Along with the insights of Merrian Fuller of which I highlighted in the previous blog, below are further standouts from the ACI conference in San Francisco last week. Steve Ellison of ICF International consulting company provided some sound advice on identifying clients. When you think of your ideal client, you should consider the following: [continue reading]

ACI Highlights

ACI Highlights

Pat Colburn

It was truly wonderful to talk with so many people I already knew, to meet others also working to make our industry a success and to attend some exciting sessions during last week’s ACI conference in San Francisco. The ACI staff did a great job of organizing and coordinating this large event with grace and attention to detail. [continue reading]

Efficiency First hosts Energy Upgrade California Update

Efficiency First hosts Energy Upgrade California Update

Pat Colburn

I was told to expect fireworks at the Efficiency First (EF) San Francisco Bay Area Chapter Meeting held on February 24th and although there were no explosions, the cannons were loaded and the fuses were primed. It’s been a tough couple of years for contractors; receiving only promises from program implementers, spending limited financial capital and time for the training required to participate in a program that has only just begun. [continue reading]

One Large Step for California

One Large Step for California

Macie Schreibman

At the beginning of this month, California took a large, unprecedented step in the right direction with the launch of Energy Upgrade California. The new, comprehensive energy efficiency program not only encourages clean jobs, but it also provides tools and resources to property owners who wish to improve their energy and water efficiency—ultimately saving money and increasing comfort. [continue reading]

BPI Celebrates Home Performance Heroes at ACI

BPI Celebrates Home Performance Heroes at ACI

Jim Gunshinan

Tamasin Sterner, Founder, President, and Chief Coach of Pure Energy was given the Tony Woods Award for Excellence in Advancing the Home Performance Industry at the opening plenary of the ACI National Conference in San Francisco on March 30, 2011. Tamasin has been advancing home performance through mentoring, teaching, consulting work, and building analysis for almost 30 years and is a regular Home Energy contributor. "I had to prove that I can do everything that men can ... [continue reading]

Business Performance Makeover Contest

Business Performance Makeover Contest

Macie Schreibman

Want your business to be better? Of course you do! Bring on the Business Performance Makeover Contest, a collaboration between EGIA, BPI, and Efficiency First—and sponsored by Home Energy. [continue reading]

Who Says Green Canít be Free?

Who Says Green Canít be Free?

Macie Schreibman

Not the be mistaken for a cruel April Fool’s Day joke, the Santa Rosa Junior College Interior Design Program will be presenting their Speakers for Green Conference this April 1, 2011—for free. [continue reading]

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