Back Porch: Nexia: Connecting Homeowners, HVAC Installers, and Dealers

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Back Porch: Nexia: Connecting Homeowners, HVAC Installers, and Dealers

This past May at Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS™: Connected Home Conference, I had the opportunity to speak with George Land, General Manager of Nexia—a consumer-facing brand for connected home solutions within Trane&...

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Back Porch: Austin Hosts National Home Performance Conference

Author: Tom White
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November 13, 2016

On the plane to the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) 2016 National Home Performance Conference in Austin, I sat next to a young oil industry engineer on his way home. He was confident that Texas would ride ... [continue reading]

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Back Porch: Nexia: Connecting Homeowners, HVAC Installers, and Dealers

Author: Tom White
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August 31, 2016

This past May at Parks Associates’ CONNECTIONS™: Connected Home Conference, I had the opportunity to speak with George Land, General Manager of Nexia—a consumer-facing brand for connected home solutions within Trane&... [continue reading]

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Back Porch: RESNET's Building Performance Conference

Author: Tom White
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April 30, 2016

RESNET convened its Building Performance Conference in Scottsdale this March, a hospitable time of year in the Arizona desert. I roamed the sessions, and a few of the bars, to keep abreast of developments in ... [continue reading]

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How Solar Decathletes Communicate and What We Can Learn from Them

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March 01, 2016

DOE’s Solar Decathlon is a challenge posed to collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy efficient, and attractive. The 2015 competition took place October 8–18 at the Orange ... [continue reading]

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The Back Porch: Texas' Five-Star Butterfly and Hummingbird Retreat

Author: Doug Garrett
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December 31, 2015

When we built our new home 50 miles from Austin on 21+ acres we made the decision to have all of our indoor water come from harvested rainwater and to make our flower gardens bigger than they ... [continue reading]

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Postretrofit News and Analysis

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November 01, 2015

Our house was built in 1951, but Michele and I have been living there since 2007. I’ve met the two previous owners. One was careful about keeping the house comfortable and efficient—the other ... [continue reading]

Electric Vehicles Can Benefit All Utility Customers

Luke Tonachel

Electric Vehicles Can Benefit All Utility Customers

Despite the Trump administration’s apparent affection for the fossil fuels industry, individual states are looking at the numbers ...

Preliminary Energy Savings Announced for ASHRAE/IES 2016 Energy Standard

Jodi Scott

Preliminary Energy Savings Announced for ASHRAE/IES 2016 Energy Standard

More than 30 percent energy savings can be achieved using the 2016 version of Standard 90.1, according to recent analysis conducted by Pacific ...

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