Past, Present, Future: Directions in Single-Family Energy Auditing and Retrofits
Round-robin energy audits and a building science stakeholder survey help to inform technical and policy discussions for single-family homes.
Water heating--which accounts for about 16% of U.S. residential energy consumption--is one of the most complex end uses to evaluate, both individually and nationally. [continue reading]
My telephone doesn't ring that often. Face it, people just don't need the services of an expert on energy use of refrigerators every day or every week, for that matter. [continue reading]
Using pressure measurements to find and quantify air leakage in houses has been a hot topic over the past two years. Packed sessions at recent conferences are testimony to the intense interest these techniques are generating in the weatherization community. [continue reading]
Weatherization agencies have complained for years about a U.S. Department of Energy requirement that 40% of Low-Income Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) funds be spent on "materials" rather than labor. [continue reading]
My initial reaction to the prospect of a computerized audit was sarcastic disdain--right, a computer is going to tell me what's wrong with a building! [continue reading]
While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...
Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...