"The National Home Performance Conference is all virtual and registering gives you access to all of the sessions and trainings for 12 months. The virtual conference is April 27th - 30th. https://events.building-performance.org/."
This residential home noticed drafts coming through the baseboards of a wall and by cutting a small hole in the drywall confirmed that a fireplace is behind it, and was not sealed or covered before the drywall was installed. Is there a way to cover…
In the spring of 2018, the City and County of Denver’s Department of Public Health and the Environment launched a home energy label pilot program using the U.S. Department of Energy’s Home Energy ScoreTM to generate the label. The pilot program soug…
"Thanks for sharing, I will check it out!
And I agree as well that in a seller's market you won't get the seller to invest, but having an energy label about the home's operating costs informs the buyer before they put in an offer. In an ideal scenari…"
"I definitely agree with this when inspections or audits/energy scores are voluntary, though many cities are exploring disclosure policies related to some type of energy label (Home Energy Score or other) and Time of List seems to be most commonly su…"
"Hi Ben! Thanks for the input. Does InterNACHI have a position on whether or not they believe home inspections should be required at time of list or sale? Our pilot explored whether or not an energy label should be required and while we did not land…"
"Hi Walt - A partner city said that there is some research that heat pumps have higher rates of failure in the heat. I am trying to find out if a report has been completed on this topic, or where this came from as well and will share as soon as I can…"
"Hi David - Thanks for replying. Yes I'm referring to the cooling mode of a heat pump, i.e. air conditioning. In all honesty I don't know what the specific failures are, but wanted to inquire with folks to see if there was any common knowledge about…"
Are there studies or have you had experiences where heat pumps have failed to cool on high heat days? We've known that cold climate heat pumps are needed in areas with colder climates (like Denver) however news of failure rates tied to high heat day…
If a tankless water heater is installed in an older home with existing gas lines that serve the furnace and stove, how do you determine if the line is sufficient to supply or if it needs upgrading before the install? Potential problems if the gas li…
"I think that would be a great idea. Chicago did a study on their requirement of utility data a year or two ago, and while it appears homes close faster by just disclosing energy data (high or low energy use didn't matter), just sharing energy bills…"
"As previously mentioned, how the Score is used really depends on the housing market you are in. In a buyer's market it would seem natural to see homes with higher Scores sell for more. In a seller's market you already have homes priced high, so rais…"
"The Home Energy Score is not meant to include individual energy use. The Score is meant to compare homes with other homes, and must rely on some estimations as well as include local weather and statewide utility rates. When you factor in actual ener…"