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August 15, 2016
Matt Anderson
Stack effect is a scientific principle that, when coupled with improper, missing or inferior air sealing techniques, leads to one of the greatest causes of increased heating and cooling costs and subsequent health and comfort issues.
August 3, 2016
Guest Blogger

When you think of pollution, you probably think of smokestacks and smog. What you don’t realize is that you probably face pollution every single day, and you don’t notice because it’s invisible and inside your home.

July 26, 2016
Quinn Korzeniecki
While there are basic guidelines to follow when seeking out a contractor, you should focus on comparing home performance contractors based on credentials, references and experience.
July 14, 2016
Guest Blogger
Multi-family building upgrades can cost as little as $5 upfront, take less than an hour for building maintenance to install and start saving you money and energy right away.
July 6, 2016
Quinn Korzeniecki
We all know that mold in our homes is a bad thing – but exactly how bad is it for your health and your home itself?
June 22, 2016
Guest Blogger
There is a lot of confusion around how to treat the building envelope. Despite everything that’s been written about air sealing, insulation and drainage planes, a lot of myths persist.
June 16, 2016
Matt Anderson
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
Guest Blogger
Watch this technical short video covering the basics of heating systems: appliances, sources and distribution methods.
June 3, 2016
Quinn Korzeniecki
There are a few different types of insulation; the best type and form for your home depends on your climate, whether you are adding insulation to a new or existing home and whether you are hiring a professional or completing the installation yourself.
May 25, 2016
Guest Blogger
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
Jeremy O'Brien
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
Larry Zarker
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
Quinn Korzeniecki
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
Guest Blogger
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
Quinn Korzeniecki
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
Matt Anderson
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
Quinn Korzeniecki
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
Jeremy O'Brien
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
Quinn Korzeniecki
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
Matt Anderson
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?”

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ConsumerReports says: Watch out for: Fly-by-night companies— “blow and go” is the industry term— who charge a hefty fee for an audit, promise major upgrades, then disappear. Choose a contractor certified by the Building Performance Institute. They’re required to do an audit before and after any work to guarantee results. ConsumerReports - October 2013.