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Industry and Efficiency Proponents Agree on Big Efficiency Gains for Pool Pumps

Industry and Efficiency Proponents Agree on Big Efficiency Gains for Pool Pumps

Marianne DiMascio

Swimming pool owners will see a huge drop in their monthly utility bills thanks to a consensus agreement between industry, efficiency proponents, and other interested parties for the first national energy efficiency standards for pool pumps that was approved July 29by a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) advisory committee. [continue reading]

DOE's Race to Zero 2017  Registration is Open!

DOE's Race to Zero 2017 Registration is Open!

Stacy Hunt

The next U.S. Department of Energy Race to Zero Student Design Competition (Race to Zero) will be held April 22-23, 2017, at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. [continue reading]

CLEAResult and NREL JUMP Into Residential Energy Efficiency

CLEAResult and NREL JUMP Into Residential Energy Efficiency

CLEAResult staff

Crowdsourcing. It’s a great way to gather input and enlist the minds of many to do good. With crowdsourcing, you’re not limited to a small group of pre-selected individuals. Rather, you get to expand your reach to a vastly larger pool. Various companies use this tactic to not only get a broader set of ideas, but also to get people involved and personally invested in a particular project. Take Ben & Jerry&... [continue reading]

EGIA Launches Contractor Marketplace

EGIA Launches Contractor Marketplace

Lucas Ehrbar

The Electric & Gas Industries Association (EGIA), a nationwide non-profit contractor membership organization, has officially launched a new fully responsive and user-friendly website that now serves as the platform for EGIA’s newest and most powerful member benefit to date: the EGIA Contractor Marketplace. [continue reading]

Boosting Insulation Can Reduce Energy Use, Pollution

Boosting Insulation Can Reduce Energy Use, Pollution

Stacy Fitzgerald-Redd

Those of us working within the building industry or energy efficiency space in existing homes know that boosting insulation levels can reduce energy use, cut consumer costs and greenhouse gas emissions. Yet, there’s been a modest amount of data to quantify the extent of the benefits—particularly at the state level. Until now. [continue reading]

Is the Perfect Wall Realistic?

Is the Perfect Wall Realistic?

Eric Werling

Wrong question. The right question is what can we do to help builders design and construct more perfect walls without losing their shirts? At Building America, we have an idea for a tool to do this. [continue reading]

The Greenest Building is the One That's Already Built

The Greenest Building is the One That's Already Built

Andy Heikkila

It’s become more apparent over the last five to ten years that the amount of energy we’re consuming as human beings is far above what is sustainable for the longevity of our species as well as our planet. The good news is that the a recent National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey found that between 2007 and 2015 the average homebuyer’s preference for green and sustainable features has remained pretty ... [continue reading]

Three Things We Need To Do To Develop a Healthy Housing Stock

Three Things We Need To Do To Develop a Healthy Housing Stock

Mariel Wolfson

Our new working paper explores healthy home concerns and behaviors among American homeowners and renters. We show that both groups are interested in improving the indoor environmental health of their homes, but face myriad challenges to doing so. Below, we highlight three important steps we can take toward improving the health of our housing stock.1. Demonstrate and Respond to Consumer DemandHealthy housing is becoming more than a niche market. Nearly one in four households in ... [continue reading]

A Compilation of Current Home Performance Standards

A Compilation of Current Home Performance Standards

Bill Spohn

You may not be aware, but there are several Home Performance standards currently available to the public. [continue reading]

Tips to Help HVAC Contractors Bring in More Business

Tips to Help HVAC Contractors Bring in More Business

Dan McKee

When you’re working in a sector as competitive as HVAC sales and service, you need to think outside the box. As many HVAC contractors have realized, it’s often more essential to focus on capturing the local market than trying to reach out to every possible customer in a wider service area. This approach costs less and delivers more! [continue reading]

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