Planet Data Used in Pulitzer Prize-Winning Article Series

Planet Pulse

Planet would like to congratulate Megha Rajagopalan, Alison Killing, and Christo Buschek of BuzzFeed News for winning a Pulitzer Prize for their series documenting China’s mass internment of Muslims in Xinjiang Province.

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[Article] Not Fade Away

Home Energy

Home Energy is moving out of its office of ten years in Berkeley, California. Still maintaining the same high standard for truth that has kept this publication in print for—gasp!—35 —35 years, our editorial staff will work from their homes. Moving this magazine is like striking a stage production. Packing it up is a history lesson in building science

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[Article] Winter 2019 Contributors

Home Energy

Duane Jonlin “Build Your Own Code” Duane says he hopes readers can “build on experiences out in the code-writing and enforcement space, and just pole vault past a lot of the learning curve ”

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[Article] Winter 2019 Calendar

Home Energy

February 1–5 2020 ASHRAE Winter Conference February 11–12 BPA Northeast Regional Home Performance Conference & Trade Show

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[Article] Fall 2019 Calendar

Home Energy

September 20–22 RaterFest! 2019 September 23–24 2019 NASCSP Annual Training Conference

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[Article] Celebrating Our Founder

Home Energy

For nearly 20 years, Alan Meier and I have had on one level a typical editor/author relationship. I bug him about writing the next editorial for Home Energy, and he procrastinates until the last minute. Maggie Forti, director of advertising, who has been at the magazine just as long as I have, put it this way, quoting Alan himself: “I’ll get back to you.” ” “I’m working on it.” ” “There’s candy in the drawer.”

[Article] HE Podcast Roundup

Home Energy

Strike up a conversation about podcasts with just about anyone and they’ll have something to say. The passionate fans among us have long lists of shows that we subscribe to called podcast libraries, and we receive updates as soon as new episodes are released. We’re happy to pull out our devices and share our libraries with others

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[Article] Reaching the Underserved

Home Energy

At Columbia Gas of Ohio, we work to identify and engage income-qualified customers, with the goal of providing them no-cost services to increase the energy efficiency of their homes and reduce their energy bills. We made a switch in 2017 from marketing primarily to customers who were participating in the utility energy assistance programs to marketing campaigns designed for lower-income customers who were not participating in the energy assistance programs.

[Article] Summer 2019 Contributors

Home Energy

Sarah Poe “Reaching the Underserved” Sarah wishes readers to see “the collaborative approach that our team has taken to reach underserved customers through our WarmChoice program ”

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[Article] Summer 2019 Calendar

Home Energy

June 3–7 NYC—Certified Passive House Designer Training June 6–8 AIA Conference on Architecture

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[Article] Spring 2019 Contributors

Home Energy

Iain Walker “Ventilation and IAQ in New California Homes” Iain hopes readers get that a really good way to have good indoor air quality is to have a ventilation system. And to use it

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[Article] Spring 2019 Calendar

Home Energy

April 1–4 2019 HPC National Home Performance Conference & Trade Show April 24–26 Thirty-ninth Utility Energy Forum

[Article] A Range of Debate

Home Energy

Recent articles about Induction Cookers, notably an opinion piece in the The New York Times, have sparked heated debate regarding the pros and cons of induction cooking vs. gas cooking. There are hundreds of comments at the end of some articles, from all sides of the issue, but there’s a commonality to many: Authors underestimate their audience’s level of understanding.

[Article] Winter 2018 Calendar

Home Energy

January 12-16 ASHRAE Winter Conference and AHR Expo January 21–24 AESP 29th Annual Conference and Expo

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[Article] Build Your Own Code

Home Energy

Nobody likes energy codes. This unfortunate fact maintains my popularity ratings, as a writer and enforcer of energy codes, down in the low single digits. Energy codes fall into the same category as speed limits and industrial safety rules—things that society wants but the private sector just can’t or won’t do on its own. For builders and developers, however, the code restrictions seem to pile up year after year, making it ever more challenging to get things built.

[Article] NYC's Biggest Sustainable Surprise

Home Energy

It nearly 75 years old, New York City’s largest apartment complex continues to raise the bar for sustainability and energy-efficient retrofits. Occupying 80 acres of land just north of Lower Manhattan, Stuyvesant Town, and Peter Cooper Village is an 11,241-unit apartment community that is home to over 28,000 residents. It consists of two properties, bounded by First Avenue and the East River and extending from 14th Street to 23rd Street.

[Article] A New Chapter Begins

Home Energy

After over 35 years of providing relevant, technical content to the building performance and weatherization communities, Home Energy will end its run after this issue. Starting with the Spring 2020 issue, the magazine will be called the Building Performance Journal.

[Article] Welcome to Your Association

Home Energy

On April 2 we announced the formation of the Building Performance Association (the Association) at the National Home Performance Conference in Chicago. We are a national industry association organized under the 501(c)(6) section of the IRS code. As an industry association we represent the broad (and yes, sometimes contradictory) interests of everyone who is significantly involved in residential energy efficiency retrofits and home performance.

[Article] The Energy/Water Nexus

Home Energy

Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over. —Mark Twain When anything is very inexpensive and not at the forefront in our minds, it can go undervalued and be misunderstood. Water falls into this dark hole. It’s not that we are running out of water; we are not. The problem is that the water isn’t always where we need it. The United Nations Environment Program reports that 97.5% of all water on earth is saltwater and 2.5% is freshwater. Of the 2.5% of freshwater, 0.3%

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[Article] Air Sealing with AeroBarrier

Home Energy

In many parts of the country, house envelopes are notoriously leaky, with unintended air infiltration that results in additional space-heating and -cooling equipment loads. While voluntary codes and standards for envelope tightness have existed for decades, only recently have these codes become a requirement. Current manual methods for sealing house leaks, even when diligently applied, can fall short of the ultimate tightness goal, due to unrecognized leakage pathways

[Article] In Memoriam: Mike Rogers

Home Energy

This past year, the home performance industry lost a dear friend. We pay tribute to one of our most tireless advocates and greatest contributors. The following obituary is from Mike’s wife Karen Sokol and his daughter Sabine. It first appeared in the Vermont online news outlet Seventh Day on December 26, 2018

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Top 10 solar articles of 2020 from the Aurora Blog

Solar Power World

However, the solar installation community, which is well-known for its grit and resilience, adapted quickly and increased its adoption of remote sales, operational tools and outside… The post Top 10 solar articles of 2020 from the Aurora Blog appeared first on Solar Power World.

[Article] Dust-Control Strategies for Energy Upgrades

Home Energy

Completing weatherization and home performance upgrades can be dirty work. Add the challenges of being in occupied homes, and you have one of the toughest jobs in the industry! The type of dust created during energy upgrades ranges from a substantial nuisance to a documented hazard, like lead or even asbestos. Program and regulatory compliance (OSHA, EPA, and so on) is often thought of as the primary reason to work safely and control dust, but customer and worker safety are equally important.

[Article] DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program Update

Home Energy

In an ongoing effort to improve communication with the weatherization community, DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) will convey new training resources, recently issued Weatherization Program Notices (WPNs) and WAP Memorandums, and other relevant information in this new feature. in case you missed it

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[Article] DOE's Weatherization Assistance Program Update

Home Energy

In an ongoing effort to improve communication with the weatherization community, DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) will convey new training resources, recently issued Weatherization Program Notices (WPNs) and WAP Memorandums, and other relevant information in this new feature. in case you missed it

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[Article] Living Better with Less Energy

Home Energy

At times, the solutions to our problems are hiding in plain sight. Sometimes the hardest part is taking the time to examine things that we assume don’t need to be examined. Consider my friends the Vetters. I’ve known the family for nearly ten years. Zak’s father, Craig Vetter, is an industrial designer and inventor who gave the motorcycle world the modern touring fairing.

[Article] DOE Weatherization Assistance Program Update

Home Energy

In an ongoing effort to improve communication with the weatherization community, DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) will convey new training resources, recently issued Weatherization Program Notices (WPNs) and WAP Memorandums, and other relevant information in this new feature. in case you missed it

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[Article] Editorial: The Energy Costs of Moisture

Home Energy

Large parts of North America have suffered from unusually rainy and wet conditions during the past year. The costs of flooding and water inundation are well known and they rank third highest among insurance claims. The impact of moisture, such as vapor in the air, liquid and vapor within building materials or condensed on surfaces, is more subtle. People don’t talk about a moisture bill like they do for heating and cooling bills but it exists and it’s large

Videos & articles to accompany upcoming book on new economy built around mutual credit

Low Impact

This article is a listing of key resources: video interviews I’ve done with relevant people whilst researching the book, plus articles providing additional information. Book contents with videos and articles in relevant chapters.

[Article] Supporting a Home Performance Workforce

Home Energy

What is the home performance workforce and what can we do to support it? This is the question that the new Building Performance Association has been asking itself. When I have asked home performance contractors about the policies and programs that best support their businesses, their answers have changed dramatically over the last decade. In January of this year they told me, “I do not need you to create jobs, I need you create job applicants with the skills I need, ready to work.”

[Article] Overcoming Obstacles to Advanced Air Sealing

Home Energy

We all know the basics of energy efficiency. Air seal high in the building, then low, then insulate. Seems simple, right? Stop the air from leaking into or out of the building. Save money. Increase comfort. Promote healthy indoor air quality (with the appropriate ventilation system, of course). However, when you go to execute these simple principles on a complex house, you find that this black-and-white directive dissolves into seemingly endless shades of gray.

[Article] Introducing the Association's Policy Affairs Team

Home Energy

Kara Saul Rinaldi manages Building Performance Association’s government affairs team. Her team develops and advocates for policies and objectives that address obstacles to scaling the home performance industry, or that take advantage of new opportunities for contractors in that industry.

[Article] DOE Weatherization Assistance Program Update

Home Energy

In an ongoing effort to improve communication with the weatherization community, DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) will convey new training resources, recently issued Weatherization Program Notices (WPNs) and WAP Memorandums, and other relevant information in this new feature. in case you missed it

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[Article] In Gratitude to Bill Miller

Home Energy

Bill Miller was our interim Executive Director (ED) during the merger of Home Energy Magazine and Efficiency First with the Home Performance Coalition, later to become the Building Performance Association. During the approximately two-year transition, Bill kept us moving in the right direction through the loss of crucial staff and other challenges. He did this while working full time as a program manager in the Energy Technology Area at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab

[Article] Our Industry Is Alive and Well

Home Energy

The 2019 National Conference and Trade Show wrapped up on April 4, 2019, after four full days of workshops, sessions, events, and networking. We broke the record for the number of attendees at this year’s event—1,942 industry professionals from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and three Canadian provinces

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[Article] DOE Weatherization Assistance Program Update

Home Energy

Welcome to this new feature, which will appear regularly in Home Energy. In an ongoing effort to improve communication with the weatherization community, information relevant to DOE’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) will be conveyed to the weatherization community. The feature will include new training resources, recently issued Weatherization Program Notices (WPNs) and WAP Memorandums, and other relevant information. in case you missed it

[Article] New Legislation in the House

Home Energy

There is cause for celebration this spring for all players in the home performance industry, as H.R. 1315 was introduced in the 116th Congress on February 27, 2019. New legislation that would support training for home performance contractors was introduced in the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing titled, “Clean Energy Infrastructure and the Workforce to Build It.” ” Chairman Bobby Rush invited Leticia Colon de Mejias to testify before the U.S.

[Article] Editorial: A Letter from the CEO

Home Energy

Dear Friends, Welcome readers and attendees at the 2019 National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show! Have you heard our news? It is with great excitement that we announce the launch of the Building Performance Association

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Bidgely

If you’re in the market for an essay writing service UK, you might well be under the impression they’re totally illegal. You might be thinking along the lines of; why on earth would anyone want essay writing services when I could just write my essay ?

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[Article] Climate House: Passive House as an Opportunity

Home Energy

Designing a new building in a flood zone can be a rigorous challenge but also an opportunity. In New York, Superstorm Sandy left behind devastated communities in low-lying coastal areas of Long Island. Some residents relocated for as long as one year and others opted not to return. Wanting to confront this challenge, I purchased a small lot in Freeport, Long Island, through a storm recovery program initiated by the Office of the Governor of New York State called New York Rising.

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[Article] How to Future-Proof a Museum Collection

Home Energy

Larry Weingarten, longtime friend and contributor to Home Energy magazine, recently moved his Water Heater Museum from his home in Salinas, California, to a very special place on the East Coast. The museum had enjoyed some public attention at his home and had also appeared in small expos, including one at the Monterey Airport. In August 2019, the museum moved to the General Society of Mechanics and Tradesmen of the City of New York in midtown Manhattan.

[Article] Tackling the House's Biggest Energy User the Occupant

Home Energy

In many parts of the country, energy efficiency programs are not delivering energy savings as promised. There are several factors that may explain this, and I’m sure we can debate most of them, but there is one factor that is not debatable—buildings do not use energy; people do. Energy efficiency is what we as energy professionals do to a building—we insulate, air seal, install Energy Star-rated appliances and high-efficiency heating systems, and so on.

[Article] Seeing the Possibilities with the Water-Energy Nexus

Home Energy

As building performance professionals, we see the world differently than most people. We see the interconnections between west-facing glass and occupant comfort, hidden airflow and insulation performance. Thanks to that ability to see things differently, we are in a unique position to identify and incorporate knowledge others don’t recognize.