The Search for Thermal Comfort

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The Search for Thermal Comfort

In the beginning there was woman and man, naked; I assume. The body’s core temperature is stable at about 98 °F. In an outdoor environment with a temperature between 65 to 102 °F, a ...

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Energy Star for Homes 3.0

Author: Steve Mann
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January 03, 2011

Energy Star is probably the most widely recognized energy efficiency brand in North America. A recent study cited it as the second-most trusted consumer brand, right behind the Good Housekeeping seal. Critics of that study ... [continue reading]

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Comparing Open- and Closed-Cell Foams

Author: Ed Wyatt
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November 04, 2010

Q. Home performance contracting is new to us at our residential heating and cooling company in the Northeast. We are trying to do best by our customers as we learn on the go. One issue ... [continue reading]

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California's Advanced Homes Program

Author: Steve Mann
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September 01, 2010

California is slowly moving toward net zero energy construction, defined as building structures that produce as much energy on-site as they consume. The Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan of the California Public Utilities Commission (... [continue reading]

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Time-of-Sale Energy Labeling of Homes: A Concept

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July 01, 2010

In 2003, the European Commission passed the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EPBD)—perhaps the first mandatory implementation of time-of-sale energy labeling of buildings. To date, the United States has not followed suit. However, recent ... [continue reading]

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Data Logging Primer

Author: Steve Mann
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July 01, 2010

There are many reasons to measure things in the building science world. For instance, you may need to commission a commercial building to guarantee temperatures, air flows, or other comfort parameters. You may need to ... [continue reading]

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The Case for Accreditation

Author: Matt Golden
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July 01, 2010

How will sensible industry standards protect home performance contractors from low-bid competition? [continue reading]

Connecting the Dots: Real Estate and Home Performance

John Shipman

Connecting the Dots: Real Estate and Home Performance

A new type of conversation between REALTORS® and their clients is changing the real estate industry before our eyes. As ...

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Women in Building Performance

As you may have seen in Amy Beley’s recent blog post, the industry is buzzing after HPC’...

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