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Efficiency Advocates to Study Energy Audits

Posted on April 20, 2018 by Scott Gibson

Residential energy audits are supposed to give homeowners a clear idea of how they can reduce energy use and save money, but a lack of guidelines and standards for auditors means their reports may instead be unpersuasive or difficult for homeowners to understand.

That, at least, is the theory behind a new research effort ledLight-emitting diode. Illumination technology that produces light by running electrical current through a semiconductor diode. LED lamps are much longer lasting and much more energy efficient than incandescent lamps; unlike fluorescent lamps, LED lamps do not contain mercury and can be readily dimmed. by Dr. Reuven Sussman, a psychologist at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and it's the reason Sussman is gathering energy audit reports from anyone who would care to send him one.

California Lenders Sued Over PACE Financing

Posted on April 17, 2018 by Scott Gibson

Los Angeles County and two private lending partners have been sued by attorneys representing homeowners who say they were talked into taking out loans for energy upgrades but can't afford them and now risk losing their homes to foreclosure.

Lighting Loophole Cuts Into Energy Savings

Posted on April 12, 2018 by Scott Gibson

The most inefficient type of fluorescent tube should have been pushed out of the market by a 2012 Department of Energy lighting standard, but a loophole has allowed millions of them to stay on store shelves and in American homes and businesses, the Appliance Standards Awareness Project says.

Researchers Claim to Develop a Concrete Alternative

Posted on April 9, 2018 by Scott Gibson

Researchers in the U.K. claim to have found a way to use desert sand in a composite construction material that's just as strong as concrete but has only half of its carbon footprintAmount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that a person, community, industry, or other entity contributes to the atmosphere through energy use, transportation, and other means. .

Four post-graduate students from Imperial College London developed a material they're calling that could help address a global shortage of construction-grade sand used as fine aggregate in concrete, the publication reported.

Mass. Bill Would Require Energy Scorecards Be Given to Homebuyers

Posted on April 5, 2018 by Scott Gibson

The governor of Massachusetts has introduced legislation that by 2021 would require that people selling their homes provide potential buyers with home energy performance ratings.

the measure filed by Gov. Charlie Baker earlier in the week would be the first of its kind in the U.S.

Construction Training Gets a Boost from Home Depot

Posted on April 2, 2018 by Scott Gibson

The big box retailer says The Home Depot Foundation's donation of $5 million a year over the next 10 years will help train carpenters, framers, electricians and plumbers — the very workers that builders can't find enough of in today's tight labor market.

Timber Panel Fails at Oregon Building Site

Posted on March 29, 2018 by Scott Gibson

A 4-foot by 20-foot cross-laminated timber panel in a building under construction at Oregon State University failed earlier this month, prompting the university to hire an outside engineer to investigate but leaving its commitment to the construction technique intact.

Building Products Dealer Dumps FedEx

Posted on March 26, 2018 by Scott Gibson

Builders who order specialty supplies from New York-based 475 High Performance Building Supply can stop looking for the FedEx delivery truck.

Aeroseal Rolls Out Air-Sealing Technology for Houses

Posted on March 22, 2018 by Scott Gibson

For 20 years, a company called Aeroseal has been marketing a technique to seal air ducts from the inside with an aerosol mist, eliminating leaks that degrade the performance of HVAC(Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Collectively, the mechanical systems that heat, ventilate, and cool a building. systems and waste energy. Aeroseal now says the same approach can be used to seal whole houses, and offers builders a way of simplifying and speeding up one of the most persnickety details of building a high-performance house.

Commercial Net-Zero Buildings On the Rise

Posted on March 19, 2018 by Scott Gibson

Although the numbers are still very small, proven net-zero energyProducing as much energy on an annual basis as one consumes on site, usually with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics or small-scale wind turbines. performance in commercial buildings is rising at a statistically rapid pace, a report from the says.

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