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Three Tips for Accurate Air Tightness Tests Every Time

Three Tips for Accurate Air Tightness Tests Every Time

Frank Spevak

All of us in the building energy industry know how essential our equipment is to our jobs. One small mistake can result in incorrect air tightness readings. To help energy raters receive consistent test measurements, here are three tips to ensure your air tightness tests are accurate every time. [continue reading]

Are you a Cybersensitive?

Are you a Cybersensitive?

Adam Molnar

Do people innately love technology? Can they? People engage with technology everyday on a utilitarian basis. However, what if there was a type of person predisposed to engage with technology on a deeper and, perhaps, emotional level? A research study titled “Cybernetic Fieldwork in California,” led by Indicia Consulting, seeks to answer this question. The team believes people exist who experience tech in a different way than most people do, who they deem &... [continue reading]

111(D) Released Today In Federal Register Home Performance Coalition Plans Comments

111(D) Released Today In Federal Register Home Performance Coalition Plans Comments

Stephanie Rex

EPA's plan for addressing carbon emissions through the Clean Air Act (CAA) section 111(d) was released today in the federal register. This begins a 90-day comment period,where stakeholders have an opportunity to comment on the Federal Plan (for states who do not submit their own plans for compliance), the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP), and the sections related to Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V). [continue reading]

The Real Women of Home Performance: Mina Agarabi

The Real Women of Home Performance: Mina Agarabi

Macie Melendez

Mina Agarabi is the Principal Mechanical Engineer at Agarabi Engineering PLLC, a consulting firm focused on operations and maintenance and energy efficiency. Prior to establishing her firm, she conducted light commercial and residential energy assessments and oversaw the installation of numerous energy-efficiency projects at Association for Energy Affordability and Steven Winter Associates. Agarabi has several years of experience troubleshooting, optimizing, and designing both steam and hydronic heating systems in large multifamily buildings. [continue reading]

Contractors Honored with Energy Efficiency Awards at Air Conditioning Association Golf Tournament

Contractors Honored with Energy Efficiency Awards at Air Conditioning Association Golf Tournament

Lisa Rinkus

Nine New England-based contractors are recipients of the 2015 COOL SMART awards, presented recently at the annual golf tournament of the Air Conditioning Association of New England (ACA/NE). The awards are sponsored by the Massachusetts/Rhode Island COOL SMART program, and given out during the annual event held in Stow, Mass. The winning contractors specialize in heating, ventilation, and air conditioning and were honored for the quality installation of energy saving equipment and their overall ... [continue reading]

Contractors Build Business Opportunities Through Better Buildings Neighborhood Program

Contractors Build Business Opportunities Through Better Buildings Neighborhood Program

Dale Hoffmeyer

You may have seen that an independent evaluation, released this summer, found that home performance contractors across the country increased business opportunities and established lasting local, state, and national connections through the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Better Buildings Neighborhood Program. The program distributed a total of $508 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to more than 40 state and local residential energy efficiency programs across the country from 2010 through 2014. [continue reading]

Stevens Institute of Technology Wins Solar Decathlon 2015

Stevens Institute of Technology Wins Solar Decathlon 2015

Carol Laurie

Stevens Institute of Technology won top honors overall at the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 by designing, building, and operating the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar powered house. [continue reading]

New Building Envelope Sealing Technology Previewed at First Annual Aeroseal Success Summit

New Building Envelope Sealing Technology Previewed at First Annual Aeroseal Success Summit

Brad Brenner

A new building envelope sealing technology designed to effectively seal the outer shell of homes and buildings was unveiled today at the first annual Aeroseal Success Summit. The new technology is the first automated system used to effectively find and seal air leaks in building structures, constituting a breakthrough in sustainable building practices. [continue reading]

PHIUS Receives Grant From MacArthur Foundation for Affordable Multifamily Housing

PHIUS Receives Grant From MacArthur Foundation for Affordable Multifamily Housing

Michael Knezovich

On the heels of its 10th Annual North American Passive House conference, Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) today announced a major initiative, funded by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, to support the development of affordable housing that meets the stringent PHIUS+ 2015 passive building energy performance standard. [continue reading]

Seaming with Industrial Tape: Q&A with Risa Edelstein

Seaming with Industrial Tape: Q&A with Risa Edelstein

Macie Melendez

Recently we got the opportunity to speak with Risa Edelstein, an expert on barrier seaming with adhesive tape. Edelstein is one of the executives at ECHOtape, a worldwide provider of pressure sensitive industrial tape. [continue reading]

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