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. ...
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]
Round-robin energy audits and a building science stakeholder survey help to inform technical and policy discussions for single-family homes. [continue reading]
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]
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]
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]
Why unhealthy homes cause unhealthy occupants. [continue reading]
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]
The Home Performance Extensible Markup Language (HPXML) Data Dictionary and Transfer Standard have been gaining traction in the residential energy ...
For years the HVAC industry has relied on repeat visits to existing customers to generate new business. The service contract ...