Monday, July 27, 2015

Over the past two years, energy efficiency programs and software developers have been using the new “HPXML” data standards to become more efficient and to launch new projects.

The HPXML standards have the potential to transform the residential energy efficiency industry, and they are beginning to deliver on that promise. Programs and contractors have been able to cut costs, create new business processes, and provide consumers with more information by using software that leverages the HPXML standards.

In New York, Arizona, California, and many other...

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

When Brendan Thomas decided to volunteer at the 2014 ACI National Home Performance Conference in Detroit, he had no idea that he’d land a new job in the industry by the end of the week.

“I had talked to the head of the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association and he introduced me to my current boss during one of the coffee breaks at the conference,” Thomas said. “It worked. We got to talking and there was a fit for my capabilities here. I actually had my interview the last day of the conference. Right after the conference ended, I drove over.”

Thomas grew up in the...

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

The Home Performance Coalition is dedicated to strengthening the residential energy efficiency industry and one way we can accomplish this is by fostering conversations that inspire growth across all professions in the field. We want to hear from you – what are your challenges and goals? What is your vision for the future of the industry? Let's talk about those topics and more as we work together to build a strong collective future. Today, check out a conversation we had with Mike MacFarland of Energy Docs Home Performance in California.

When did you get into the energy...

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Home Performance Coalition has recently been alerted by an exhibitor that an unauthorized third party has contacted them claiming to be our official hotel coordinator for our upcoming regional conferences, offering to secure hotel rooms. 

Please be advised that this is a scam. The Home Performance Coalition has not authorized anyone to represent us, nor do third parties have access to book rooms at either of the host hotels on our behalf. To book a room at an upcoming regional conference, please use the following information...

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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Home Performance Coalition questioned recent criticisms of residential low-income programs after a report was issued last week, causing an industry-wide conversation about the Weatherization Assistance Program.

“The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is critical to providing healthy, energy-efficient housing for low-income families across the country,” said Brian Castelli, President and CEO of the Home Performance Coalition. “Recent criticisms of this program in the E2e Project report fail to recognize the full value of energy efficiency programs. By weighing only the costs...

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Monday, June 29, 2015

The Home Performance Coalition is dedicated to strengthening the residential energy efficiency industry and one way we can accomplish this is by fostering conversations that inspire growth across all professions in the field. We want to hear from you – what are your challenges and goals? What is your vision for the future of the industry? Let’s talk about those topics and more as we work together to build a strong collective future. Nate Adams of Energy Smart Home Performance in Ohio is the first professional featured in this new column.

When did you get into...

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

A few weeks ago, I launched this column by discussing the importance of collaboration across the organizations that work to support the residential energy efficiency industry.

In our coalition work, it's also critical to have the support of the companies serving a wide range of stakeholders across the country. While serving our own industry’s members of home performance contracting businesses, weatherization professionals, program administrators and more, these organizations – many of which we are happy and grateful to call sustaining sponsors – are serving residents across the...

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

As ASHRAE 62.2 ventilation standards became more mainstream, Rick Karg is determined to help home performance professionals gain the knowledge needed not only to meet the minimums - but to surpass them.

“The ASHRAE standard is being adopted by more and more programs,” Karg said. “More and more states are adopting it as code. It’s becoming more of a mainstream issue as we build houses tighter. There is the phrase, ‘Build tight, ventilate right.’ It captures it.”

Karg of Residential Energy Dynamics (RED) is instructing a unique online education program being spearheaded by a...

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Monday, June 15, 2015

By: Brian T. Castelli, President  & CEO, Home Performance Coalition

The Home Performance Coalition’s focus on individual states is a key component of our work.  With this approach, we believe we can effect change where the rubber meets the road. I will often focus on this work within my column, and if you don’t live in the particular state I am discussing (today it happens to be Pennsylvania…), you may not be aware of an issue that could adversely impact the residential retrofit market in your state. Further, it could give you an idea for new ideas or initiatives which you could...

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

The following column appeared in the 5.27.15 edition of the Home Performance Insider, HPC's weekly newsletter. To subscribe, click here.

By: Brian T. Castelli, President & CEO, Home Performance Coalition

Greetings! As President and CEO of the Home Performance Coalition, I am happy to announce that I will be sharing my latest thoughts on our work in the industry with a new column that will appear every other week in our regular newsletter. I look forward to the discussions we will engage in as a result!

For this first installment of my column, I want...

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy announced two new Better Buildings Accelerators, which will convene leaders to focus on key solutions to expanding energy efficiency in the residential sector. Partners will focus on expanding awareness of homes’ energy efficiency and streamlining the processes used to help consumers improve the efficiency of their homes. The Home Performance Coalition is proud to have joined the Home Energy Information Accelerator and is committed to strengthening the energy efficiency industry through policy work and conference education.

The Better Buildings...

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

The HPXML Implementation Guide for Program Administrators and Software Developers is now live on DOE’s ENERGY STAR website at www.energystar.gov/hpxml. This guide will significantly help the second generation of HPXML implementers launch. Gavin Hastings, Noel Merket, and HPC’s own Senior Advisor for Policy and Research Robin LeBaron crafted these very important and helpful guides.

“The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Team developed the HPXML Implementation Guide to help program administrators and software developers integrate HPXML into their operations and...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bill Spohn, president and CEO of TruTech Tools, a distributing company based in Akron, Ohio, has been attending ACI conferences as an exhibitor since 1990. Since then, he has only missed one national conference and also regularly exhibits at regional conferences. We recently talked to Bill about his involvement with the Home Performance Coalition (formerly ACI) and the energy efficiency industry.

Q. Why did you first get involved with ACI conferences?

A. Back then, the company I was working for was selling carbon monoxide meters and I...

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Amanda Hatherly, Director of the New Mexico Energy$mart Academy and Center of Excellence for Green Building and Energy Efficiency at Santa Fe Community College, is presenting a two-part Monday workshop at the 2015 ACI National Home Performance Conference in New Orleans. “Speed Dating Educational Tools, Tips, Technologies & Theories” starts at 8 a.m. May 4 and remember: all workshops are included in the full price of the conference. Amanda recently shared her thoughts about weatherization and the energy efficiency industry with us.

 

What motivates you to...

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Steven Cowell, Chair
Brian Castelli, President & CEO
Home Performance Coalition Senate Appropriations Committee
Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development
Fiscal Year 2016 Department of Energy Funding for
Residential Energy Efficiency Programs March 20, 2015

 

As a leader in the performance industry, the Home Performance Coalition urges your support for funding to advance programs at the Department of Energy that invest in residential energy efficiency and whole-house initiatives, as outlined in this...

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