Posts by Charley Cormany

Will Decarbonization Work Without Energy Efficiency?

California is going through a policy paradigm shift concerning energy efficiency, the goal of saving energy overall taking a back seat to reducing emissions. Assembly Bill 3232 directs the state to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. The direct combustion of fossil fuels in buildings (primarily for space and…

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Did You Know Your House Has A Tailpipe Too?

Houses Have Tailpipes Too

Recently, there has been a noticeable shift in California energy efficiency policy. For years the focus has been on the overall reduction in energy use. Today, the goals are much more complicated, with aggressive state mandates specifically targeting greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, when energy savings occur has become a factor, often superseding total…

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How To Hide The BS In Your Work

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Building Science (BS) is pretty powerful stuff. Home performance contractors have been providing data and improving building science techniques for well over 30 years now. But while there is no question building retrofits have many benefits, selling the concept to homeowners and property managers is no small feat. While early adopters and others who have…

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Efficiency First is Now Part of the Building Performance Association

Two years ago at the Home Performance Coalition conference in Nashville, a few folks had an after-hours conversation discussing the state of the efficiency industry and the players involved. At the time, Efficiency First National was struggling financially and with membership growth. From the conversation, it became evident that several organizations were replicating each other’s…

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Membership Is The Power Of Many Voices

We are in a push to build membership. Recently I stopped to ask myself what is the message we need to send in order to get folks to join? To answer the question I stepped back and asked myself “world how did I get here?” to quote the Talking Heads. Specifically, what was the path…

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Will PG&E’s Bankruptcy Filing Help Or Hurt The Industry?

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The Grid Is Changing The recent fires in California have had tragic consequences. Thousands of people have lost their homes. Many have lost loved ones too. In many cases, the fires were caused by downed or damaged power lines or failed electrical distribution equipment, and the utility, PG&E, has been blamed. If PG&E is found…

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2018 IHACI Trade Show- What You Missed

Recently, I attended the 39th annual Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries (IHACI) trade show in Pasadena, California, in the hopes of learning about some exciting new products and maybe a couple new technologies for the heating and cooling industries (HVACR).  It’s been about four years since I was actively involved as a contractor/installer,…

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Home Performance In California Is Changing

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Home performance hasn’t changed much over the past 30 years. Recently though, a few big things have started to change in the world of energy. Contractors need to be aware of what’s happening and why, in order to prepare, adapt, and take advantage of new opportunities.

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Quality Work Is Worth The Effort

  A few rotten apples The world is full of contractor horror stories. Over the years, contractors have lost customer trust, often for good reason. Simple mistakes like forgetting to re-install a water heater vent after a roof replacement could have drastic consequences if the exhaust fumes, and potentially carbon monoxide, were to re-enter the…

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