Reaching the Underserved
A Collaborative Approach to Serving Income-Qualified Customers
Behavior Change Requires a Human Touch
People across the nation are seeking new ways to save energy, reduce bills, and increase comfort in their homes. Utilities, consumer organizations, and home energy service providers are poised to answer that call, using next-generation ... [continue reading]
Internal Insulation of Masonry Walls
To help the industry address the energy and moisture performance of masonry walls, a DOE Building America team has done the research - here's a summary. [continue reading]
Impact of Oil-Contaminated Floodwater on Building Materials
At Tuskegee University (TU), where my colleagues and I teach and do research in the College of Engineering, we’ve learned a lot about how building materials respond to water damage and how to ... [continue reading]
Passive House Passes Test in Maine
In August 2011, GO Logic, LLC, a firm headed by architect Matthew O’Malia and general contractor Alan Gibson, finished construction on the first Passive House (PH) dormitory in the United States. Located on the ... [continue reading]
Direct-Install Programs Gateway to Market Transformation
Like many states, Maryland has a home performance participation problem. Our residential energy efficiency program, EmPOWER Maryland, provides exceptional incentives to participate in home performance. However, fewer than 1% of eligible homes have participated. Our customers ... [continue reading]
DOE's Challenge Home
Although our federal government is notorious for bad decision making (or no decision making), sometimes it does good work. One example is Energy Star. Energy Star, a federal certification program with many facets, is one ... [continue reading]
Building Performance Journal Editors
Our Blog Has Moved
Thanks for your interest in contributing a blog to the Building Performance Journal (formerly Home Energy magazine). We’re ...
Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?
Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.