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Efficiency First Welcomes Tom Carter as New Executive Director

Efficiency First Welcomes Tom Carter as New Executive Director

Amy Beley

Today, October 3, 2016, Tom Carter joins Efficiency First as the new Executive Director. Tom brings over a decade of association executive experience in built environment industries. He has forged consensus among member companies of all sizes, identified industry objectives, and advocated for their successful achievement. Tom has spent more than 20 years developing his expertise in energy, climate change, air quality, sustainability, and other issues. Through building coalitions with partner industries, he has been an effective regulatory ... [continue reading]

New Residential Energy Star Program Shines Spotlight on Duct Sealing and HVAC Installation

New Residential Energy Star Program Shines Spotlight on Duct Sealing and HVAC Installation

Brad Brenner

Representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week unveiled theirnew residential ENERGY STAR program to attendees of the 2016 Success Summit, an annual gathering of licensed Aeroseal dealers and Comfort Institute members. The new program, called ENERGY STAR Verified HVAC Installation (ESVI), was designed to place new emphasis on the importance of duct sealing and other best practices related to HVAC installation for maximizing home energy efficiency. [continue reading]

Home Performance Coalition Comments on EPA's Proposed Rule on the Clean Energy Incentive Program

Home Performance Coalition Comments on EPA's Proposed Rule on the Clean Energy Incentive Program

Lindsay Flickinger

Yesterday, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) released comments on EPA's Proposed Rule on theClean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) Design Details along withthree other home performance industry leaders; the Building Performance Institute (BPI), The Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) and Efficiency First (EF). [continue reading]

Five Ways to Judge Sustainable Housing

Five Ways to Judge Sustainable Housing

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The first thing to do is clarify some terms. [continue reading]

Confessions of an Insulation Installer: What I Love About Wool

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Last month, we (the crew at Performance Insulation) completed a project on Bainbridge Island, about a 30-minute ferry ride from downtown Seattle.What stood out about the project was the insulation type: wool. [continue reading]

RaterFest! Or How I Spent My Summer Vacation

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The setting is stunning, 8,000 feet up in the Rockies. Colorado in September, aspen, screaming blue skies, bright clear nights. Who wants to be inside listening to endless presenters and trapped in a trade show maze? [continue reading]

3 People, 2 Cats, 1 Tiny Home

3 People, 2 Cats, 1 Tiny Home

Macie Melendez

I always find tiny homes to be very charming, and Corbett and Grace Lunsford’s was no exception. [continue reading]

Zero Energy Homes: Economical and Eco-Friendly

Zero Energy Homes: Economical and Eco-Friendly

Nicholas Jones and Jennifer Parsons

As global concern about energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions and depletion of non-renewable resources continues to rise, more and more consumers are exploring ways to reduce their home’s energy usage. At the forefront of this conversation is the zero energy home movement. [continue reading]

10 Ways for Contractors to Be More Professional

10 Ways for Contractors to Be More Professional

Gabe Lieb

As with other client businesses, when it comes to making it as a contractor, professionalism is everything. Rightly or wrongly, as a contractor, clients will judge you not just on the quality of your work but on the overall impression you leave with them. [continue reading]

Designing Turtletown: Part 1

Designing Turtletown: Part 1

Kenneth Black

We have all had an idea about the place we live and a desire to improve it in some capacity. But how do we harness them for performance benefits? And can we use our experience as a framework to start engaging others in the design of beautiful and high performance homes? [continue reading]

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