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New Case Study: Arizona Leverages Industry Standards to Improve Home Performance Program

New Case Study: Arizona Leverages Industry Standards to Improve Home Performance Program

Amanda Chiu

For most American households, a 5-30% savings on energy bills is possible by making home energy upgrades typically identified in a home energy assessment.State and local governments, utilities, and nonprofits across the nation offer programs that allow home owners to upgrade their home to reduce energy use. Through the Better Buildings Home Upgrade Program Accelerator, DOE is working with partners that offer these programs to help increase the number of services offered to homes ... [continue reading]

Measuring Efficiency

Measuring Efficiency

Rick Barnett

“Saving” can be defined as setting something aside for use in the future, such as depositing money into a savings account. With electricity, despite widespread claims of saving, only a battery saves energy for use in the future. A consumer isn’t assured anything about future energy bills after installing an “energy saving” product, such as an LED or Energy Star appliance. Since energy is measured through a single meter, ... [continue reading]

ASHRAE Announces Topics for New Building Performance Analysis Conference

ASHRAE Announces Topics for New Building Performance Analysis Conference

Jodi Scott

ASHRAE has announced the topics and a call for presenters for its new Building Performance Analysis Conference, formerly known as the ASHRAE Energy Modeling Conference. [continue reading]

New Duct Sizing Calculator Available from ASHRAE

New Duct Sizing Calculator Available from ASHRAE

Jodi Scott

A new duct sizing calculator from ASHRAE and the Air Distribution Institute (ADI) allows HVAC air distribution system designers to more accurately size ducts, especially flex ducts under varying amounts of compression, based on research results. [continue reading]

Portland, Oregon Passes Landmark Policy to Disclose Energy Performance to Homebuyers

Portland, Oregon Passes Landmark Policy to Disclose Energy Performance to Homebuyers

Julie Caracino and Joe Cullen

On December 14, 2016, the Portland City Council unanimously adopted anordinancerequiring home energy scores for single family homes listed for sale. This innovative new policy will help Portland create jobs for its home performance contractors and assessors, reduce carbon emissions, and help the city's consumers save money on energy. TheHome Performance Coalition(HPC) collaborated with theHome Performance Guild of Oregon(HP Guild),Earth Advantageand other stakeholders to support the Ordinance’s ... [continue reading]

Charting a Course to Healthier, High-Performance Homes

Charting a Course to Healthier, High-Performance Homes

Macie Melendez

A home is intimately tied to the health and wellbeing of its residents. It is where people go to take care of themselves and seek comfort. People in the United States spend approximately 70% of their time at home, which means that ensuring homes are a healthy refuge is vitally important. Evidence in a new, groundbreaking DOE report, Home RX: The Health Benefits of Home Performance, shows that home performance upgrades can improve the quality of ... [continue reading]

The Home Performance Coalition Partners with DOE's WAP

The Home Performance Coalition Partners with DOE's WAP

Lindsay Bachman Flickinger

Hosted by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy Weatherization Assistance Program, HPC will bring the 2017 National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show to Nashville, TN in March, 2017. HPC conferences offer the industry's leading educational events and trade shows in partnership with the nation's leading experts in home performance and weatherization, combining unparalleled educational components with ideal networking opportunities for all sectors of the industry who share the ... [continue reading]

Understanding When to Raise Prices

Understanding When to Raise Prices

Mike Gorman

Having lived in Florida for many years, I have had the opportunity to spend a few days now and then at a major amusement park whose name is likely a household word. At the time of my last visit I was astounded by the admission price! [continue reading]

DOE Completes New Consensus-Based Air Conditioner Standards

DOE Completes New Consensus-Based Air Conditioner Standards

Andrew deLaski

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published new minimum energy efficiency standards for residential central air conditioners and heat pumps today. The new standards, which are based on a negotiated agreement, will reduce air conditioner and heat pump energy use by about 7%, translating into hundreds of dollars in electricity bill savings for consumers over the life of their equipment. [continue reading]

The National Fenestration Rating Council Welcomes Newly-Elected Board Members

The National Fenestration Rating Council Welcomes Newly-Elected Board Members

Tom Herron

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is pleased to announce the four newly-elected members of the 2017 Board of Directors. [continue reading]

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