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What Energy Auditors Do

Tue, 2014-08-12 08:38

In a previous post, I wrote about the factors driving residential energy efficiency. Now that we've explored why there is a growing demand for energy auditors, let’s take a look at what is it that they actually do.

An energy auditor’s main goal is to identify and prioritize opportunities for energy savings through data analysis, visual inspection, and the use of various diagnostic tools.

Announcing BPI IDL Certification

Thu, 2014-08-07 09:51

Last Updated: 2017-04-17 03:10

The Building Performance Institute (BPI) has announced a new certification focused specifically on blower door and duct blaster concepts.

BPI Infiltration and Duct Leakage, or BPI IDL, is a standalone certification that emphasizes proper handling of energy auditing equipment - and you heard it here first!

What is BPI IDL Certification?

Factors Driving Residential Energy Efficiency

Tue, 2014-08-05 08:54

In the U.S., buildings are responsible for the largest share of carbon dioxide emissions. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the nation’s buildings consume more energy than the transportation or industry sectors, accounting for nearly 40% of total U.S. energy use. Of that 40%, nearly half is consumed by the residential sector, which includes homes and apartments.

Why Recycling is Worth It

Wed, 2014-07-30 11:03

Knowing that I work in the field of sustainability, people often ask me questions about whether or not I recycle. My typical response is a fervent “Of course I recycle!” and a whole list of reasons why everyone else should too. For me, it’s what I write about and what I believe in (a practice what you preach kind of mentality). Each individual act makes a difference, and we all have a responsibility to make a difference by being good caretakers of the Earth.

Why Renewable Energy Will Win Out Over Coal and Oil

Mon, 2014-07-21 13:48

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, coal and oil dominated the energy landscape in America. Unfortunately for us, fossil fuels are finite resources that come with a laundry list of nasty consequences when we extract them from the Earth and burn them. It would seem that for these reasons alone, the shift to renewable energy sources would be welcome.

Drive Toward Healther Buildings and Positive Contributions

Wed, 2014-07-16 11:06

McGraw Hill Construction released a fascinating report this week titled, "The Drive Toward Healthier Buildings." The report identifies a general lack of awareness among medical practitioners of the health benefits of green building and sustainability and urges for better understanding of these benefits.

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10 Things to Know About Taking the LEED Exam

Thu, 2014-07-10 11:52

I took my LEED Green Associate exam early last week. This was my first time taking an exam at a Prometric Testing Center. I was very impressed by the level of professionalism and security that I experienced. I just wanted to share a few of my observations…

Home Energy Professionals program accredited training

Tue, 2014-06-24 12:08

An Overview of the Home Energy Professionals Project

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has collaborated with technicians and trainers from across the home performance industry to fund the development of a national residential energy upgrade industry and a skilled and credentialed workforce. This Home Energy Professionals Project creates standard work specifications, advanced professional certifications for workers, and accredited training programs.

LEED 2009 Projects and How to Continue Working on Them

Fri, 2014-06-20 08:41

Are you working on a LEED 2009 project? Did you miss the cutoff for the LEED v3 accreditation exams? If you answered yes to both questions, this post is for you!

More HERS Ratings Expected in 2015

Wed, 2014-06-18 13:37

The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) announced its collaboration with the International Code Council last week in an effort to help home builders transition to the new 2015 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). In the upcoming version of the residential building code, RESNET's HERS Index will be an optional compliance path — some people are saying that this compliance path represents the most significant change coming to 2015 IECC. 

What is the International Energy Conservation Code?

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