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 ...
Using Your Smart Meter and Circuit Breaker to Measure Everything Else [continue reading]
The year 1973 was an important one in the history of energy efficiency. Due to the OPEC oil embargo, heating fuel was scarce and costly. President Nixon asked all Americans to lower their thermostats to 68°... [continue reading]
Jack Deslippe “Measure Where All Your Power Is Being Used: Parts 1, 2, and 3” Jack Deslippe says, “If you’re determined enough, you can track down every fraction of a watt that is ... [continue reading]
The debate on how best to treat crawl spaces has gone on for decades, and the building codes regulating crawl space design have constantly evolved. For a long time the entrenched thinking was to rely ... [continue reading]
Smart Design: Optimizing Efficiency in High-Performance Homes Doesnâ€™t Always Mean PH Certification
Two recent Passive House (PH) consultations of mine have made clear the difficulty of making the PH standard more widely adopted in this country. Both consultations were for small, single-family homes. Neither house was more &... [continue reading]
There has been a lot of interest of late in the weatherization and broader home performance community in putting a ...
There’s no doubt that building to Passive House standards results in energy consumption that’s about 70 to 80 ...