HERO Program Adds Value for Homeowners, Communities, and Contractors

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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 ...

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Better Buildings Neighborhood Program

Author: Edward Vine
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August 30, 2013

DOE's Better Buildings Neighborhood Program (BBNP) was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Initially, DOE made 25 awards to local governmental or nonprofit organizations in amounts ranging from $1.2 million to $40 million. Nine ... [continue reading]

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Inside the World's Tightest House

Author: Todd Hoener
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August 30, 2013

Tom Marsik and Kristin Donaldson of Dillingham, Alaska, recently achieved the distinction of building the world's tightest residential building. The World Record Academy, an international organization that certifies world records, presented the award to their ... [continue reading]

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Beyond Building: Training for the Green-Collar Economy

Author: Chris Cato
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July 01, 2013

Ely Flores, a 2005 graduate of a YouthBuild program in Los Angeles, is a Grid Alternatives outreach manager and works with low-income families to install solar panels to reduce their home energy costs. At Greenbuild 2012 in ... [continue reading]

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Laying a Foundation with the SWS

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June 30, 2013

The Standard Work Specifications (SWS) for Home Energy Upgrades were developed by DOE, its Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and its National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to set the standard for high-quality work in the weatherization ... [continue reading]

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Good Bones: Structural Framing Tips for Better Energy Performance Under the Latest Codes

Author: Glen Robak
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June 30, 2013

It is virtually impossible to achieve the standards of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) by accident, let alone those of the 2012 IECC, which is even more stringent. The 2012 IECC reaches into almost every part ... [continue reading]

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You, me, & the TRC

Author: Steve Byers
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April 30, 2013

How Do Utilities Define Cost, and How Does That Affect Your Business? [continue reading]

Healthy Homes and a Healthy Bottom Line

Jim Gunshinan

Healthy Homes and a Healthy Bottom Line

There has been a lot of interest of late in the weatherization and broader home performance community in putting a ...

Side Benefits of a Passive House

Rob Nicely

Side Benefits of a Passive House

There’s no doubt that building to Passive House standards results in energy consumption that’s about 70 to 80 ...

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