Celebrating Our Founder
For nearly 20 years, Alan Meier and I have had on one level a typical editor/author relationship. I bug him about writing the next editorial for Home Energy, and he procrastinates until the last minute. ...
Smart Design: Optimizing Efficiency in High-Performance Homes Doesn’t Always Mean PH Certification
Two recent Passive House (PH) consultations of mine have made clear the difficulty of making the PH standard more widely adopted in this country. Both consultations were for small, single-family homes. Neither house was more &... [continue reading]
Solterre Passive House Concept Cottage
Last summer, I took a drive from Halifax down to Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, to check out Solterre Design’s Concept Cottage. The house looks like it’s been there for a few ... [continue reading]
Reaping the Benefits of Existing Tree Cover
It’s a paradox in residential construction: Developers clear a wooded lot to create housing, and one of the first things the new owners do is buy small trees to plant on the property. ... [continue reading]
Overcoming Codes and Standards Barriers to Innovations in Building Energy Efficiency
Building codes have really motivated builders to increase the energy efficiency of new homes in recent years. But as quickly as the codes are changing, new products are coming to the market even faster. Sometimes ... [continue reading]
Hot Water: Why Plumbing Technologies and System Designs Matter
The average home in the United States makes at least 2,000 annual demands for hot water. And that’s very conservative. A more-likely demand value exceeds 4,000. Couple those demands with an average wait time for ... [continue reading]
Clean Energy Works Oregon: Total Home Performance
Clean Energy Works Oregon (CEWO) is the largest nonprofit home performance provider in Oregon, according to Derek Smith, CEO of CEWO. Home Energy Publisher Tom White spoke with Derek about his work in the Pacific ... [continue reading]
Building Performance Journal Editors
Our Blog Has Moved
Thanks for your interest in contributing a blog to the Building Performance Journal (formerly Home Energy magazine). We’re ...
Is Energy Efficiency an American Value?
Energy efficiency is good for the economy, good for families, good for workers, and good for the environment.