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The Impact of Energy Efficiency in West Virginia

The Impact of Energy Efficiency in West Virginia

Joe Cullen

On August 20, 2019, the Building Performance Association (BPA) and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) filed joint comments before the West Virginia Public Service Commission highlighting the value of energy efficiency and demand response (EE/DR) programs and common-sense cost-effectiveness testing approaches in support of proposed Appalachian Power Company EE/DR programs. BPA and ACEEE worked closely with Energy Efficient West Virginia to emphasize what we witness in states across the country: that properly ... [continue reading]

Bridging the Solar/Energy Efficiency Gap: Let’s Connect the Best Experts With Homeowners Who Need Help Now!

Bridging the Solar/Energy Efficiency Gap: Let’s Connect the Best Experts With Homeowners Who Need Help Now!

Scott Stapf

It has never been easier and more affordable for America’s homeowners to go solar and put in place energy efficiency measures to cut home bills.  So, why haven’t more of us taken the plunge?  In 2019, the number of residential homes in the U.S. that currently take advantage of renewables is dismally low. Even with the population’s clear interest in a clean energy future – and increased accessibility of ... [continue reading]

3 Tips for Building an Off-Grid Home in 2019

3 Tips for Building an Off-Grid Home in 2019

Green Coast

The following is a guest post by Green Coast, a renewable energy and green living blog focused on helping you live a more sustainable life [continue reading]

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

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]

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

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

Next Thursday, ACEEE will release the 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard, our most robust report ever to track city progress toward climate goals. While this is our fourth city scorecard, it is the first to assess cities’ efforts to advance renewable energy in addition to energy efficiency. It also scores more cities — 75 this year, compared to 51 in our last report in 2017 — and it takes a closer look at equity and policy performance. [continue reading]

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

Concerns about the environment and climate change have everyday Americans more determined than ever to do their part to reduce pollution and harmful emissions. It may come as something of a surprise to learn that homes and businesses significantly contribute to C02 emissions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, more than 11 percent of greenhouses gases came from a residential and commercial building in 2017. Fortunately, the manufactured housing industry has worked diligently to reduce carbon footprints. [continue reading]

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