When Above Average Is Not Good Enough

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When Above Average Is Not Good Enough

Let’s imagine two neighboring families on a residential block—the Joneses and the Smiths. Their homes are of comparable size and age, and both are families of four, living typical middle-class lifestyles. ...

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When Above Average Is Not Good Enough

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November 01, 2015

Let’s imagine two neighboring families on a residential block—the Joneses and the Smiths. Their homes are of comparable size and age, and both are families of four, living typical middle-class lifestyles. ... [continue reading]

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Past, Present, Future: Directions in Single-Family Energy Auditing and Retrofits

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July 01, 2013

Round-robin energy audits and a building science stakeholder survey help to inform technical and policy discussions for single-family homes. [continue reading]

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Bailey Family Earns Bragging Rights

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November 02, 2011

Our attempt to improve the energy efficiency of our home began in 2008, after the electrical portion of our utility bill soared over $400. We had long been resigned to a steep energy bill, in part because ... [continue reading]

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Blower Door Testing in Multifamily Buildings

Author: Don Hynek
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September 01, 2011

In the past, blower door testing in apartment buildings had its obstacles -- difficulty, expenses, and uncertain payoff. Well, not anymore. See why these reasons no longer apply for most U.S. buildings. [continue reading]

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Getting to the Bottom of Home Energy Use

Author: Todd Hoener
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July 01, 2011

In 1949, according to DOE’s Energy Information Administration (EIA), residential electricity consumption was 5% of total residential energy consumption. By 2009, it was 40%. This rise is attributable to many factors—appliance and equipment saturation, innovations ... [continue reading]

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Integrating Energy Efficiency and Healthy Homes

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July 01, 2011

Why unhealthy homes cause unhealthy occupants. [continue reading]

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Stories from the Field: What Were They Thinking?

Author: Rich Moore
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March 06, 2011

It would be funny if it weren't so serious. An experienced home performance contractor takes you on a tour of some hidden home features that will have you scratching your head. [continue reading]

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Germany's Energy Certificate

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March 04, 2011

As energy prices rise, energy-efficient buildings are becoming ever more attractive. And Germany, spurred by a European Union directive, has taken a major step toward ensuring that its citizens know what they are getting, energy-wise, ... [continue reading]

Need More Proof that On Demand Pumps are Cost Effective? Here It Is.

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Need More Proof that On Demand Pumps are Cost Effective? Here It Is.

My original post, “How On-Demand Pumps in New Residential Construction Can Pay for Themselves Via the New Home’...

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

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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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