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Deploying Residential Energy Efficiency: Barriers and Potential

Deploying Residential Energy Efficiency: Barriers and Potential

Brad Penney

Residential energy efficiency (EE) receives relatively little attention compared to major projects like the retrofit of the Empire State Building in New York City. While it seems like a small thing to make one home energy-efficient, the aggregated potential for energy savings in homes is enormous. In fact, household energy use represents almost 25% of total energy consumption in the United States, according to the American Council on Energy Efficiency (ACEEE). Single family homes account for ... [continue reading]

Four Factors You Need to Know About Measurement and Calibration

Four Factors You Need to Know About Measurement and Calibration

Frank Spevak

On August 27, The Energy Conservatory (TEC) participated in a webinar titled,“Meeting the RESNET Equipment Calibration Requirements - Learn from the Experts” hosted by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). [continue reading]

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new eBook from NAPHN

Macie Melendez

Another really hot summer is winding down, with dramatic forest fires capping off a fourth year of drought in the West. Across North America, the growing numbers of net zero energy and Passive House buildings reflect a rising concern with climate change. As Net Zero Energy Buildings: Passive House + Renewables—a new, free e-book—demonstrates, Passive House is an ideal way to reach net zero. [continue reading]

HVAC Contractor Spotlight: Rick Picard

HVAC Contractor Spotlight: Rick Picard

Andy Rodenhiser

Commitment to superior customer service is one of the reasons that Rodenhiser Plumbing, Heating, HVAC and Electric has served the MetroWest area of Massachusetts since 1928. This is evident with our very own, Rick Picard. Rick is a nationally-recognized, world-class HVAC sales person. He provides top-notch service to his clients by providing every level of comfort solution, from basic to ultra-premium, and everything in between. [continue reading]

2015 IECC Updates Help Homebuyers Make Informed Purchases

2015 IECC Updates Help Homebuyers Make Informed Purchases

Kim Tanner

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) constantly evolves to meet current energy efficiency needs. Over the years new requirements have been added to the IECC to make it stricter and increase overall energy efficiency of buildings. Some states are resistant to these changes, and some choose not to adopt an IECC at all. In fact, of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 10 either haven’t adopted an IECC, or are operating under a ... [continue reading]

The Real Women of Home Performance: Cindy Ojczyk

The Real Women of Home Performance: Cindy Ojczyk

Macie Melendez

Cindy Ojczyk (pronounced o-check) is the owner of Simply Green Design, where she helps clients navigate the process of creating beautiful as well as energy and resource efficient homes. She also started morethanabeautifulhome.com, a website that’s “on a mission to improve the environment by empowering homeowners to create greener homes.” [continue reading]

Clean Power Plan Marks Positive Shift for Energy Efficiency Industry

Clean Power Plan Marks Positive Shift for Energy Efficiency Industry

Stephanie Rex

Yesterday, President Obama and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy releasedthe final Clean Power Plan, which establishes the first-ever national standards to limit carbon pollution from power plants. According to a White House press release, the final Clean Power Plan sets flexible standards to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 32% from 2005 levelsby 2030, which is 9% more ambitious than the original proposal. The plan also allows states additional time to submit their final plans—... [continue reading]

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Erik Norwood

Huge changes are happening across a variety of industries that will significantly change the way we live. These include the advent of the “smarthome” with the ability to remotely control devices, the rise in popularity of electric vehicles, and the evolution of the solar industry moving past parity with buying energy from the grid. Each of these changes will significantly change our lives as well as how we interact with energy and all ... [continue reading]

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Mariel Wolfson

While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with Peter Pfeiffer, founding principal at Barley Pfeiffer Architecture in Austin, Texas. Pfeiffer recently used a tiny house as the basis of an educational project for students in a construction class at Austin Community College. The goal of the project was to teach best practices in high performance building science, including energy-efficient residential construction, and building ... [continue reading]

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Carl Taylor

Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels while bathing in hot springs, it can still be unfamiliar to some people. That being said the idea of geothermal heating is not all too hard to comprehend – the Earth's core maintains a constant temperature year round and thus we can funnel that heat to warm our houses instead of a traditional furnace. [continue reading]

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