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Seeking Innovation in Roofing Systems

Sarah O'Connell

Oak Ridge National Lab has partnered with GAF to host a technology challenge on roofing systems. The challenge is part of the online crowdsourcing site, JUMP, and aims to identify innovation solutions for ensuring energy efficient and durable low-slope roofing systems employing concrete decks. [continue reading]

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Women in Building Performance: Danielle Putnam

Lindsay Bachman Flickinger

Danielle Putnam is the president of The New Flat Rate, a menu selling system developed to bridge the gap between 21st-century customers and the service industry. Putnam has experience in everything from business development and management to operations and technology. At The New Flat Rate, she handles the day-to-day operations, marketing, advertising, and quality control. [continue reading]

Congratulations to the 2017 Race to Zero Winners!

Congratulations to the 2017 Race to Zero Winners!

Stacy Hunt

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Efficiency First California

You don’t need to spend a great of time deal in the policy world before you hear a conversation about workforce development. In fact, the Energy Upgrade California incentive program was originally created as a workforce development solution. Flashback to 2008, the Great Recession: contractors were out of work and the economy was in a downward spiral. The incoming Obama administration designed a program to stimulate the economy. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ... [continue reading]

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John Shipman

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Women in Building Performance

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Women in Building Performance Initiative

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The Legends of Home Performance

The Legends of Home Performance

Macie Melendez

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Parks Associates Highlights New Consumer Research at Pre-show Research Workshop

Parks Associates Highlights New Consumer Research at Pre-show Research Workshop

Chris O'Dell

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Women in Building Performance: Jamie Peters

Women in Building Performance: Jamie Peters

Lindsay Bachman Flickinger

Jamie Peters is the Director of Client Solutions at EnergySavvy, a software company that aims to transform the way utilities interact with and serve their customers. Peters brings seven years of energy efficiency program experience to EnergySavvy, including launching Illinois’ first statewide Home Performance with Energy Star program, managing large-scale prescriptive and direct install utility programs, and developing tools and training for residential contractors.   [continue reading]

Aging Homeowners Drive Growth in Remodeling as Millennials Begin to Gain Footing

Aging Homeowners Drive Growth in Remodeling as Millennials Begin to Gain Footing

Macie Melendez

Homeowner spending on remodeling is expected to see healthy growth through 2025, according to Demographic Change and the Remodeling Outlook, the latest biennial report in the Improving America’s Housing series released in February by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. Demographically based projections suggest that older owners will account for the majority of spending gains over the coming years as they adapt their homes to changing accessibility needs. Although slower to move into ... [continue reading]

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