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Better Measurements, Better Models: Advances in Measuring and Predicting Thermal Performance

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August 12, 2016

As 2-D and 3-D modeling to predict building performance becomes more widespread, we need to consider what data are feeding those models. At this point, modeling software has become quite sophisticated, and many users don&... [continue reading]

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Get Started Using BEopt

Author: Eric Wilson
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June 22, 2015

Download BEopt and EnergyPlus or DOE-2. Once they are installed, start BEopt and select either New Construction or Retrofit mode. Geometry screen. Click and drag to draw your building floor plan. Options screen. Select building ... [continue reading]

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Using BEopt to Optimize Home Energy Performance

Author: Eric Wilson
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June 20, 2015

The story of BEopt starts in October 2000, when a seminal two-day workshop was held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to explore the then-novel concept of zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. Representatives from the ... [continue reading]

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What's New with Manometers?

Author: Paul Raymer
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December 30, 2013

Imagine leaving your manometer in the basement while you are doing a combustion appliance zone (CAZ) test and then walking around the house, turning on fans, adjusting doors, energizing the air handler, all while you ... [continue reading]

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Calibrating Measurement Tools

Author: Paul Raymer
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April 28, 2013

To quote the wise Yogi Berra, “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.” In terms of ... [continue reading]

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Testing Duct Testers

Author: Paul Raymer
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June 29, 2012

According to DOE’s Building America program data, typical residential ductwork efficiency is about 67%. That means that if you install a 90% efficient furnace, your system efficiency would be just over 60%. Another way to look ... [continue reading]

Solar Contagion and Lessons for Other Energy Upgrades

Jacob Corvidae

Solar Contagion and Lessons for Other Energy Upgrades

What makes solar power contagious, and can home energy upgrades spread the same way? Solar is spreading like a reinvented ...

Energy Department Announces Dates and New Contests for Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado

Stacy Hunt

Energy Department Announces Dates and New Contests for Solar Decathlon 2017 in Denver, Colorado

The U.S. Department of EnergySolar Decathlon 2017 studentdesign competition, which challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate ...

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