Beyond Zero Energy in European Homes

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Beyond Zero Energy in European Homes

Where is energy efficiency in buildings headed in Europe? Key trends in Germany, Europe's leading construction market, provide useful insight.

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Direct-Install Programs Gateway to Market Transformation

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December 29, 2013

Like many states, Maryland has a home performance participation problem. Our residential energy efficiency program, EmPOWER Maryland, provides exceptional incentives to participate in home performance. However, fewer than 1% of eligible homes have participated. Our customers ... [continue reading]

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DOE's Challenge Home

Author: Steve Mann
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December 29, 2013

Although our federal government is notorious for bad decision making (or no decision making), sometimes it does good work. One example is Energy Star. Energy Star, a federal certification program with many facets, is one ... [continue reading]

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The Changing Role of a Rater

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December 29, 2013

One man's history of HERS from the beginning to now. [continue reading]

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A Case Study in Coordination: Energy Star Partners and HVAC Contractors

Author: Dean Gamble
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December 29, 2013

Over the past 17 years, more than 1.4 million new homes have been certified to earn EPA’s Energy Star label. The Energy Star Certified Homes program, together with its thousands of partners, has transformed the ... [continue reading]

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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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Home Performance Legislative Outlook

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July 01, 2013

The U.S. Congress has found little to agree upon over the last couple of years. As the 112th Congress closed in December with the fewest bills to reach the president’s desk in 70 ... [continue reading]

Home Control or Automation?

Clint Stevens

Home Control or Automation?

I have been involved in home automation heavily over the last few years. At my home in Utah, I started ...

BPI Introduces New BPI.org for Consumers

Leslie McDowell

BPI Introduces New BPI.org for Consumers

The Building Performance Institute, Inc. (BPI) recently introduced www.bpi.org for consumers, a new interactive website designed to educate ...

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