The Case for a Thermal Comfort Rating Metric

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The Case for a Thermal Comfort Rating Metric

Energy efficiency has been a driving force in the home-building industry for decades. In recent years, the industry has increasingly adopted rating methods to measure a home’s energy efficiency. RESNET has produced the ...

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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]

Vermont is Helping its Homeowners Reduce Energy Waste and Save on Energy Bills

Kayla Dewitt

Vermont is Helping its Homeowners Reduce Energy Waste and Save on Energy Bills

(This "EERE Success Story" is one of a series of posts from DOE's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office. See ...

Data Driven Market Transformation: Or How to Score Cheap Concert Tickets

Milton Matter

Data Driven Market Transformation: Or How to Score Cheap Concert Tickets

When my fifteen-year-old son returned with a concert ticket in one hand and cash in the other, that’s ...

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