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Fire, Smoke, and N-95s

By Charley Cormany | October 26, 2017 | Comments Off on Fire, Smoke, and N-95s
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When there is a wildfire the air quality suffers greatly. Unfortunately, people affected by the Northern California fires had to learn about PM2.5 and N95s ratings on face masks. Perhaps this presents the opportunity to further educate the public on other building science principles and practices too.

The Latest Trend in Home Performance: Why You Should Be Concerned

By Charley Cormany | September 13, 2017 | Comments Off on The Latest Trend in Home Performance: Why You Should Be Concerned

Should the home performance industry be driving a focus on promoting health benefits as a way to stimulate growth and potentially spur market transformation?

The True Value of an Energy Audit

By Charley Cormany | August 17, 2017 | Comments Off on The True Value of an Energy Audit

Performing a residential energy audit can be time-consuming and not always get you a new client. Are you giving away a service for free?

Will ZNE Transform Energy Efficiency?

By Charley Cormany | July 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Will ZNE Transform Energy Efficiency?

The combination of the reduced cost of solar panels along with advances in energy efficiency means the potential for ZNE is growing more attractive.

It’s Time to Stop Using Fire in Our Homes

By Charley Cormany | June 16, 2017 | Comments Off on It’s Time to Stop Using Fire in Our Homes

It’s time to embrace the future and stop relying on “fire” as the go to energy solution in our homes. How can we ensure the homeowner’s safety, save utilities money, and protect the environment at the same time?

Good Intentions, Poor Results

By Charley Cormany | May 12, 2017 | Comments Off on Good Intentions, Poor Results

The energy efficiency industry in California is tangled with regulation. How can this regulation be better enforced, without wasting time and money?

Building a Clean Energy Future, Respect for the People Who Will Build It

By Charley Cormany | April 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Building a Clean Energy Future, Respect for the People Who Will Build It

The California Home Performance industry is starving for workers. How did we get here and what are we going to do about it?

When Simpler is Better: Choosing the Right Home Efficiency Rating for Point of Sale Comparisons

By Charley Cormany | March 9, 2017 | Comments Off on When Simpler is Better: Choosing the Right Home Efficiency Rating for Point of Sale Comparisons

Comprehensive industry tools like HERS have their place. But if we need a way to measure home efficiency at time of sale, a simpler tool would be better.

Who’s Your Best Home Performance Customer?

By Charley Cormany | January 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Who’s Your Best Home Performance Customer?

If you figure out who your best home performance customer is, you can target your marketing and sales to get them. The key is to keep it simple and focused.

The Perfect Solution, and Why it is Not Working

By Charley Cormany | January 19, 2017 | Comments Off on The Perfect Solution, and Why it is Not Working

California has made a lot of progress in its energy saving goals, but there’s one big roadblock to bigger gains in residential energy efficiency.