Jim Gunshinan

Jim Gunshinan is Home Energy's editor.

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What's Reasonable Versus What's Heroic

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January 01, 2015

Ann Edminster, M.Arch, LEED AP, is a recognized international expert on green-home design and a principal developer of the LEED for Homes rating system. She travels widely and consults with builders, homeowners, developers, design ... [continue reading]

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Postretrofit News and Analysis

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November 01, 2015

Our house was built in 1951, but Michele and I have been living there since 2007. I’ve met the two previous owners. One was careful about keeping the house comfortable and efficient—the other ... [continue reading]

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ACI National Home Performance Conference 2014 Highlights

ACI National Home Performance Conference 2014 Highlights

Jim Gunshinan

As usual, theACI National Home Performance Conferencecontained too many highlights to mention in one blog post. So I will share just a few. [continue reading]

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 3

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 3

Jim Gunshinan

Here is the latest from the 10 Maple Lane Retrofit Project. Met with Bill Stewart on Monday and signed an agreement for: Wall insulation Vapor barrier on crawlspace floor Duct repair and some air sealing I also asked them to move the filter to the return grill so that I don’t have to crawl around in the attic to change the filter every few months. And we may replace our very noisy bathroom fan ... [continue reading]

My Energy Upgrade California—The Numbers Are In

My Energy Upgrade California—The Numbers Are In

Jim Gunshinan

Here are the final numbers for my Energy Upgrade California home retrofit. Table 1. Air Leakage (CFM50) Test-in air leakage Test-out air leakage 1,850 1,530 Table 2. Duct Leakage Test-in duct leakage *Test-out duct leakage 22% 10% *Note: The duct leakage is a percentage of the rated flow of the air handler. The measured air flow at the return grill was somewhat lower, so the percent leakage was actually higher. According to the EnergyPro software used in the Energy Upgrade California (... [continue reading]

Some Highlights from the NASCSP Annual Training Conference, 2014

Some Highlights from the NASCSP Annual Training Conference, 2014

Jim Gunshinan

The National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) met in Raleigh, North Carolina, for its annual training conference. Here are some personal highlights: • Raleigh, North Carolina, is a beautiful town but hard to take in from the 6th floor of my hotel room. All I saw were trees and a clump of tall buildings downtown. That’s why the city is called “City of Oaks”. • At one session, folks ... [continue reading]

An Unexpected Blessing

An Unexpected Blessing

Jim Gunshinan

When I received an email from Larry Zarker of BPI, informing me that I had been inducted into the BPI Building Performance Hall of Fame, I thought it must be a big mistake. Then I looked at the list of previous inductees and was sure it was a mistake! I haven’t even done a blower door test all by myself. I don’t do home performance work, I just write about it ... [continue reading]

Storytelling Our Way to a Better Life

Storytelling Our Way to a Better Life

Jim Gunshinan

The poet Muriel Rukeyser once said something like this: The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of stories. I think that conferences are made of stories too, like the one I’m at this week, the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC) Annual Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. [continue reading]

The NASCSP Landscape

The NASCSP Landscape

Jim Gunshinan

That’s the National Association for State Community Services Programs, which held its annual training conference September 16-18 in Sacramento. NASCSP serves the DOE WAP program, as well as other low-income programs though training and advocacy in Washington, D.C. [continue reading]

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