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How the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy Score™ Uses HPXML

Madeline Salzman

The Energy Department recognizes the value that data standards and systems bring to the world of building energy efficiency. As such, its Building Technologies Office (BTO) has helped fund a variety of resources for commercial and residential building energy sectors to increase knowledge and value for energy efficiency – including national data standard, HPXML. Standardizing data languages and field formats is fundamental for programs large and small to make the best use of their time ... [continue reading]

Home Energy Magazine Starts a New Chapter

Home Energy Magazine Starts a New Chapter

Jim Gunshinan

Bob Krell has joined the staff of the Building Performance Association to serve as Publisher of Home Energy Magazine. He will be stewarding a new direction for the publication as it becomes the journal for BPA members. [continue reading]

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How Many Hours-of-Safety Do Our Homes Have in Extreme Weather?

Laurie Stone

How many people in your community are at risk during extreme weather events? The heat waves wracking the nation right now can cause heat exhaustion, heatstroke, dehydration, and even death. Last year over 90 people died in Quebec (over 50 in Montreal) due to a heat wave. And during Chicago’s famous 1995 heat wave over 700 people died. When the power goes out—which often happens with extreme temperatures—the problem becomes dramatically larger. With ... [continue reading]

Mark Your Calendars for the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard

Mark Your Calendars for the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard

David Ribeiro, Senior Research Manager for ACEEE

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Homemade Wind Turbine in 5 Easy Steps

Homemade Wind Turbine in 5 Easy Steps

Conor Downes

So, you want to build a backyard wind turbine and save hundreds every year? Well, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, you will learn how to construct a backyard wind turbine from scratch. Similarly sized commercial wind turbines will set you back a couple of hundred dollars, but with a little effort, you can save yourself so money and because you’ve constructed it yourself you’ll understand ... [continue reading]

10 Construction Trends Impacting the Industry

10 Construction Trends Impacting the Industry

Megan R. Nichols

The construction industry is continuing to grow and evolve as new technology emerges. Companies and workers will need to adapt or risk being left behind as the entire industry shifts into something new and different. Let's take a closer look at some of the biggest construction trends that are currently impacting the industry, and those that will continue to do so in the coming years. [continue reading]

Manufactured Housing Equals Green Housing

Manufactured Housing Equals Green Housing

Olga Zheliabina

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Tennessee’s WAP Teams Up with TVA to Reduce Operational Friction, Serve More

Tennessee’s WAP Teams Up with TVA to Reduce Operational Friction, Serve More

Frank Rapley

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), where I work as a senior manager, is a corporate agency of the United States that provides electricity for business customers and local power companies serving nearly 10 million people in parts of seven southeastern states. TVA receives no taxpayer funding, deriving virtually all of its revenues from sales of electricity. In addition to operating and investing its revenues in its electric system, TVA provides flood control, navigation and land management ... [continue reading]

Home Energy Minute #01: Alaska's Griffin Hagle

Home Energy Minute #01: Alaska's Griffin Hagle

Home Energy Magazine

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Avoid These Pitfalls When Installing HVAC Sensors

Avoid These Pitfalls When Installing HVAC Sensors

Megan Nichols

Modern HVAC systems are getting smarter, which means they need sensors to tell them when to keep the house cool and when to let the temperature climb a little bit to save power when no one is home. These sensors serve a specific purpose, but they can be tricky to install. Here is a list of some of the most common HVAC sensors and some pitfalls you should always try to avoid when installing them. [continue reading]

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