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June 22, 2016
Despite everything that’s been written about air sealing, insulation and drainage planes, a lot of myths persist.
June 16, 2016
In an effort to return to the more technical side of our discussion let’s tackle the most obvious of features with a less obvious definition: the building envelope.
June 9, 2016
Watch this technical short video covering the basics of heating systems: appliances, sources and distribution methods.
June 3, 2016
The best type and form of insulation for your home depends on your climate, whether you are adding insulation to a new or existing home, and if you are hiring a professional or completing the installation yourself.
May 25, 2016
Remember when we were all taught about the four basic food groups and how meat and milk were essential to our good health? The rules on that one have certainly changed. The rules regarding home energy savings are also changing.
May 13, 2016
It is common practice during an energy audit to start with an interview of the homeowner, giving them the opportunity to describe their desired improvements in comfort, health and safety.
May 2, 2016
In November of 2006, Pete Foster arrived at the home of Hella Baer to perform an energy audit on her home. When Foster entered Ms. Baer’s house, the level indicator on his CO detector immediately began to rise.
April 19, 2016
Spring officially sprung on March 20th and now is the time to start thinking about spring cleaning! Here are some energy efficiency tips to keep in mind while you are preparing your home for the warmer months.
April 8, 2016
While drywall and insulation contractors might be best equipped to install drywall, homeowners may wish to try a hand at it themselves. In either case, properly installing drywall can air seal as well as insulate a home, making it more energy efficient and comfortable.
March 31, 2016
Do you want proof that your home could perform more efficiently and comfortably for your family? A tour with all the proof you’ll need is coming to a city near you!
March 21, 2016
Home performance contractors harness the knowledge that houses are complex and made up of interacting parts, using it to help make homes healthier and safer for their customers.
March 11, 2016
Have you ever wondered why your home has those persistently hot or cold rooms that seem impossible to cool down or heat up? The building science answer is Heat Transfer.
March 4, 2016
Follow along with our “Life as an Energy Auditor” blog series to learn all about the ins and outs of getting a home energy audit.
February 25, 2016
Cost is always something to consider, but home performance upgrades are more about the Return on Investment (ROI) for homeowners who choose to take the plunge to make their homes safer and more comfortable.
February 18, 2016
What do we mean when we say “home performance,” or “house as a system?” And just what are people referring to when they mention a “whole house diagnostic assessment?”
February 12, 2016
Attics are often a very mysterious place for homeowners. Think of it this way: your attic is your first line of defense from the cold of winter and the heat of summer. So it’s important to take care of it, just like you would any other part of your home that’s more visible.
February 4, 2016
In addition to extending the tax credits for solar power, Congress chose to continue offering incentives for homeowners to make energy efficiency upgrades to their homes and for builders and manufacturers to build more energy efficient homes.
January 29, 2016
The good news is that heating costs are down. The bad news is that heating is still very expensive. Even the most energy efficient homes are expected to spend around $1,000 or more on heating this winter. Making changes in your home could save you money.
January 19, 2016
Tightening an old house or building a tight new one means that you can't leave ventilation to random leaks anymore. You have to control it.
January 6, 2016
While contractors and others in the home performance industry know all there is to know about our technical language, we realize that you, the homeowners, might not! This blog series - BPI Phrase of the Month - will attempt to define some of our industry's terminology.