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US DOE's Home Energy Score

DOE’s Home Energy Score™ is a tool for homeowners, homebuyers, and renters that estimates home energy use, home energy costs, and provides cost-effective solutions to improve home energy efficiency. This score was developed after research showed the need for a low-cost, reliable method for homeowners and buyers to understand their homes’ energy efficiency. As of December 2018, more than 100,000 homes have been rated using the tool by organizations partnering with DOE nationwide! [continue reading]

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The Power of Standardized Data for Arizona’s Home Performance Market

Chris Baker

On December 13, 2013, Arizona Public Service (APS) moved one of its first HPXML compliant Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (HPwES) jobs from the energy audit stage to the retrofit stage. Two participating home performance contractors worked on the project. The first contractor sealed the ductwork, which reduced the leakage in two separate duct systems by over half. The second contractor (referred to the customer by the first contractor) air sealed and insulated the home, increasing the ... [continue reading]

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Kayla Dewitt of DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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Joe Cullen, HPC's Director of Policy & State Outreach

As part of a coalition of residential energy efficiency organizations including the Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. (AEA), Building Performance Institute (BPI), the Building Performance Contractors Association of New York State (BPCA)and E4TheFuture - on January 4, 2019, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) submitted comments on the implementation of New Efficiency: New York, an ambitious energy efficiency initiative announced in April 2018 by the New York State Energy Research & Development Authority (NYSERDA) and the NY Dept. ... [continue reading]

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ZNE Primer: Now Available!

Ann Edminster

The concept for this document came from members of the AIACC, who are embracing the architect’s role in meeting California’s ZNE goals. The AIACC Board of Directors lends its enthusiastic support of the work done by Ann V. Edminster and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, (PG&E) The effort was funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. [continue reading]

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DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

(Blog post courtesy of DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy State & Local Spotlight)   [continue reading]

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Kayla Dewitt

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