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Connected Communities: A Multi-Building Energy Management Approach

Thursday, July 30, 2020, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM ET

Hear from experts at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Rocky Mountain Institute about the results of their recent study on connected communities. The white paper—Connected Communities: A Multi-Building Energy Management Approach—explores factors that influence the development […]

The FY21 Building Communities Grants

FY21 Building Communities Grants Announced

The FY21 Building Communities Grants through the Department of Building and General Services (BGS) is now available for applications. The Building Communities Grant Program consists of the Recreational Facilities Grant Program, the Regional Economic Development Grant Program, and the Human Services and Educational Facilities Grant Programs. These grants are intended […]

Summer Ventilation and Cooling

Using Air to Air ERV to precool the Fresh air in Summer time. Image Wikimedia Commons/MoeSalem

Michael Canavan

Now that summer is approaching, homeowners need to consider the summertime ventilation and cooling needs for their homes considering energy usage.

Natural ventilation is as simple as opening windows on your house in a way that […]

Where’s the Water Coming From?!

Simple Rules, Complex Systems

A single-fan blower door test set up to depressurize the building and help determine where the air was leaking the most. Courtesy photo.

Nate Gusakov

The physics are relatively simple. Here are the two most important rules: 1. Heated air rises. 2. Condensation occurs when warmer moist air meets […]

Zero Energy Now

Farmhouse, Underhill, VT. Energy saved: 88%; annual energy cost savings: $3,885. 71% renewable energy – solar PV, cord wood, and pellets. Photo: Building Energy

George Harvey

The June 2017 edition of Green Energy Times had an article, “Saving 79% in Existing Homes,” which provided an initial report on the results of the […]

Green Decking Materials

EarthTalk® From the Editors of E – The Environmental Magazine

Kebony is a sustainably-harvested pine product that is modified at the molecular level to be stronger, so it can last 3-5 times as long as other decking materials. Credit: Kebony.com.

As the weather warms up, we gravitate toward the outdoors, and what better way […]

Buildings as Carbon Sinks

Happiness Hill is a straw-bale addition to an existing cabin which New Frameworks built in 2014. The house is built with natural clay plaster finish on the interior, local wood siding exterior, and an interior local wood timber frame. The square footage of the home was doubled while keeping the energy usage the same. […]

The Great Indoors: Creating a More Healthful and Safer Built Environment

Multiple Contributors from Steven Winter Associates

With the spread of COVID-19 has come widespread quarantine, work-from-home policies and increased time indoors, making it all the more important that we think about the air we’re breathing and the surfaces we’re touching. With certain building and design considerations, we can make these impacts beneficial.

Here’s some timely […]

2020 National Home Performance Virtual Conference

The 2020 National Home Performance Virtual Conference kicks off on Monday, April 27. This online event includes access to 100+ educational sessions, interactive Q&A sessions with industry leaders, discussion forums, the opportunity to connect with industry peers and much more.

Learn more and register at events.building-performance.org

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Efficiency Vermont’s EEN Contractor Spotlight: Solar Harvester

Interview with Bill Chidsey, Clean Energy Navigator

Bill Childsey – Solar Harvester

Green Energy Times Staff

1. What is your area of expertise?

The interesting thing about buildings in Vermont is that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution. I recommend taking the time to look at a home holistically. At an appointment, I usually spend […]