HERO Program Adds Value for Homeowners, Communities, and Contractors

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HERO Program Adds Value for Homeowners, Communities, and Contractors

As the clean-energy economy heats up, communities across the country are actively pursuing programs that promote energy efficiency and the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. One of the breakout successes in this field is ...

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Author: Jeff Farlow
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April 04, 2016

One of the first homes Mike McFarland evaluated was his own. McFarland, owner of Energy Docs Home Performance in Redding, California, was curious about why his energy use spiked in December and January. It didn&... [continue reading]

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Thoughtful Design Is the Key to Reducing Home Water Use

Author: Amy Dryden
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March 22, 2016

Product selection and home design can have a dramatic impact on residential water use at minimal cost and effort. In California, for example, no matter what El Niño brings, water conservation will continue ... [continue reading]

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What Aerosol Taught Us About Compartmentalization

Author: Sean Maxwell
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March 14, 2016

Every once in a while in my previous job at Steven Winter and Associates I got to work on something very cool with the real experts—folks like Mark Modera and Curtis Harrington at ... [continue reading]

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Success with Collaboration

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January 20, 2016

There’s a saying that goes “Teamwork makes the dream work.” Many companies put posters of this saying in their offices to encourage workers to collaborate to achieve a specific goal. It ... [continue reading]

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Preparing for Climate Change

Author: Jon Harrod
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December 02, 2015

Home performance, long seen as a tool for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, can also help individuals and communities adapt to climate change. To be effective in this role, the home performance industry must itself learn ... [continue reading]

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ScanTheSun: A Tool for Solar-Panel Users

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August 23, 2015

In the ideal case of an individual installation, solar panels are mounted on the southern pitch of a roof of buildings with high insolation. (See “Vocabulary” for the definition of insolation and a ... [continue reading]

Healthy Homes and a Healthy Bottom Line

Jim Gunshinan

Healthy Homes and a Healthy Bottom Line

There has been a lot of interest of late in the weatherization and broader home performance community in putting a ...

Side Benefits of a Passive House

Rob Nicely

Side Benefits of a Passive House

There’s no doubt that building to Passive House standards results in energy consumption that’s about 70 to 80 ...

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