Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency refers to the programs and techniques for saving or reducing energy in residential and commercial buildings.

Looking Forward to 2018 IECC Code

Thu, 2018-01-18 13:19

Within the home performance community, 2018 marks the exciting introduction of the newest residential energy code – the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). Like a celebrity, the 2018 IECC is something to admire but may seem out of reach for many contractors.

Blower Door Testing With BPI and RESNET

Thu, 2016-08-18 08:02

Last Updated: 2017-09-05 02:49

More and more professionals in the home performance industry – HVAC, insulation, general contractors – are being asked to expand their skill sets and offer blower door tests. Why is this?

If you already know whether a BPI or RESNET certification fits your needs, give us a call at 800-460-2575 and we'll talk you through training options in your area.

If you're still trying to see how you can meet this demand, keep reading!

How Improving Energy Efficiency Can Benefit Your Business

Thu, 2016-06-02 10:38

Energy efficiency has taken center stage as more attention has been drawn to climate change. Making your business more energy efficient is a noble and conscientious move and can also have tangible benefits for your business. You may save monthly costs and even some long-term costs, putting more money to your bottom line.

Factors Driving Residential Energy Efficiency

Tue, 2014-08-05 07:54

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.

Shaheen-Portman Energy Legislation Update

Tue, 2013-09-24 08:53

As expected, the Shaheen-Portman energy efficiency bill went to the Senate floor last week and, within hours, it appeared that political polarity would threaten to kill it. When the Senate adjourned at the end of last week, there was no deal finalized for the energy efficiency bill to move forward.

Facing the First Challenges

Congress Poised to Act on Energy Efficiency

Fri, 2013-08-23 08:00

One of the critical issues to be addressed by President Obama’s climate action plan is improved energy efficiency. As Congress struggles to move forward on energy policy, the President is using existing legislative authority to establish new efficiency standards for appliances, equipment, trucks, and manufactured homes. But comprehensive reform is still needed, and despite political roadblocks, Congress is still relevant to the climate action process.

Energy Efficiency and Untapped Potential

Wed, 2013-05-01 07:30

As states continue to set aggressive energy-saving targets, utilities and other program administrators are challenged to deploy new technologies and design new programs to advance energy efficiency within their customer base. A new report released January 9, 2103 by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) indicates that there is potential for a 27% savings in forecasted electricity use by 2030. The report makes some points about the components of energy efficiency programs that will be critical to achieving and maintaining a high level of savings.

Will Progress Distract From Conservation?

Tue, 2012-12-11 10:19

Cautious optimism might be the most appropriate response to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) recent release of its annual World Energy Outlook, predicting a global shift in the energy mix. The roles of both fuels and regions are changing.

Energy Efficiency for Businesses

Fri, 2012-11-02 07:27

As worldwide energy demand increases, one of the most significant ways to reduce energy consumption is through efficiency efforts. By many accounts, global power is anticipated to reach 37,000 terawatt hours in 2030, up from 22,100 terawatt hours in 2011. For the foreseeable future, energy demand will continue to utilize conventional resources such as oil, gas, coal and nuclear power, despite continued efforts to promote alternative energy solutions. As a result, energy conservation efforts are vitally important to counteract increased energy consumption and natural resource depletion.

Enhancing Indoor Air Quality In Homes

Thu, 2012-10-18 12:34

With advancements in energy efficiency standards, many homeowners are deciding to remodel their homes to improve energy performance. Rising energy costs and old inefficient home systems have led to more pronounced efforts to ensure energy efficiency. However, one of the most important aspects of remodeling that is often overlooked involves the successful maintenance of good indoor air quality.