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Angry Air!

Paul Raymer

John Tooley said, “Air is like crooked rivers, crooked people, teenagers, and cheap labor. It always seeks the path of least resistance.” He didn’t say that Angry air is Noisy air. Air doesn’t like being forced through corrugated, flexible ducting, pushed around corners, and made to force open dampers. It resists being made to perform in a way that it doesn’t want to. It takes more and ... [continue reading]

Energy Efficiency is Increasingly Popular With Home Buyers

Energy Efficiency is Increasingly Popular With Home Buyers

Gary Ashton

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a trade association based in Washington. It boasts more than 140,000 members across diverse industries such as construction, remodeling, property management, finance, home building, design, building product manufacturing and more. According to information provided by the NAHB, home buyers are increasingly focused on energy efficiency. In fact, it is one of the most desirable features of a home, and builders are starting to respond by implementing solutions that ... [continue reading]

Liz Robinson Stepping Down After 33 Years at the Energy Coordinating Agency

Liz Robinson Stepping Down After 33 Years at the Energy Coordinating Agency

Andrew E. Huemmler

After 33 years at the helm, Liz Robinson, Executive Director of the Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA), is stepping down. Since the early 80s, Liz has championed energy efficiency and social responsibility in Philadelphia, earning a national reputation for excellence in creating and delivering solutions to the energy problems of low income Philadelphians. She founded ECA with the goal of furthering social justice and economic development by saving energy and solving related housing problems. By making the ... [continue reading]

Women in Building Performance: Darlene Jackson

Women in Building Performance: Darlene Jackson

Lindsay Bachman Flickinger

Darlene Jackson is a program associate on the Residential team at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA). In this role, she provides support in the coordination and implementation of HVAC SAVE and Illinois Home Performance. Before MEEA, she worked as a Policy Analyst for Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity through the graduate public service internship program. [continue reading]

A New Lens for Assessing Cost-Effectiveness

A New Lens for Assessing Cost-Effectiveness

Julie Michals

The issue of determining the cost-effectiveness of energy efficiency resources has long been a complicated and sometimes contentious topic. Despite the perception that virtually all states nominally use some version of the tests identified decades ago by California, actual practice has been inconsistent and often subject to debate.To address existing shortcomings and provide an updated and comprehensive approach, thefirst-ever National Standard Practice Manual (NSPM) was released on May 18th. Quicklynamed an “... [continue reading]

Energy Department Announces up to $3.7 Million in Building America Industry Partnerships

Energy Department Announces up to $3.7 Million in Building America Industry Partnerships

Stacy Hunt

As a part of the Administration’s efforts to cut energy waste in the nation’s buildings, the Energy Department today announced up to $3.7 million to study and validate new energy efficiency solutions for the nation's homes. These projects will lead to improved home energy efficiency and smarter home operation for millions of American families, saving money on their energy bills while improving health and comfort. [continue reading]

DOE's Solar Decathlon Needs Volunteers

DOE's Solar Decathlon Needs Volunteers

Heather Stafford

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon is a collegiate competition of 10 contests that challenge student teams to design and build full-size, energy-efficient, solar-powered houses. The winner most successfully blends design excellence, smart energy strategies, innovation, and market potential. [continue reading]

EPCs - Do You Know The Law?

EPCs - Do You Know The Law?

Jason McGrinder

Whether you are a property owner, landlord, tenant, contractor, or otherwise, it is essential to know the current and proposed laws surrounding energy performance certificates, or EPCs. [continue reading]

Looking for Novel Applications of Thermal Storage

Looking for Novel Applications of Thermal Storage

Sarah O'Connell

Through its JUMP platform, Oak Ridge National Lab has partnered with Trane to host a technology challenge on thermal storage. It is crucial that innovative techniques and materials be developed that efficiently condition occupied spaces, contribute to improved occupant comfort, and have low product and installation costs. Such energy, comfort and cost considerations will best enable contractors and builders to provide customers with high-performing, sustainable buildings. [continue reading]

HPC Working For You: Climate Change & Carbon Reduction

HPC Working For You: Climate Change & Carbon Reduction

Deborah E. Miller

HPC develops new approaches to federal, state and local policies that promote growth in the residential energy efficiency sector through research, education, and policy analysis. HPC works with stakeholders to resolve the most serious issues facing the residential energy efficiency industry and is a focal point for collaborative efforts on data standardization, program cost-effectiveness testing, weatherization, the valuation of home energy efficiency in the real estate market, and the integration of smart grid technology with ... [continue reading]

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