Chris Birk discusses the benefits of an energy-efficient mortgage, the financial tools available to help customers and existing programs that offer the mortgage.
- savvy resale strategy
- finance improvements that will optimize equipment and reduce usage
- typically only approved when measure will result in net cost savings
It is important to note that an “energy-efficient mortgage isn’t the right fit for every person and every property. Run the numbers in detail, and compare them with other financing options such as a home equity line of credit or even a low-or no-interest credit card.” (Chris Birk)
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“Build tight”…but don’t forget “Ventilate Right”
“Traditionally, buildings have been designed to be what most people characterize as ‘acceptable to 80 percent of the occupants of the building,'” he said. “It’s historically based on perceptions of people in buildings rather than the reality.”
The article asks, “Should tougher regulations apply?” but I think what should be asked is why doesn’t Canada encourage building science education for architects and engineers, promotion of standards such as those published by ASHRAE and create certifications for hvac and architects to increase awareness of the holistic approach to optimizing building’s performance
The title of this article should be changed to: …may lead to poor indoor air quality.
Everyone in the energy efficiency world is familiar with the phrase “build tight, ventilate right”. BPI and home performance programs emphasize testing for radon and if necessary installing a radon vent fan as well as makeup ventilation system for tightly sealed homes.
The other interesting part of this article is that it is based on a model and some statistical info from England. No reference of actual cases or scientific studies in the USA.
Another thing they mention is installing better insulation. However, that only addresses conductive heat loss. The convective heat loss from unsealed air gaps in your home causes drafts and results in comfort complaints. In taller buildings air sealing saves a great deal of money.
This is a misleading article using a scare tactic.
“To help utilities and regulators better define and measure behavioral programs, ACEEE offers a new taxonomy of utility-run behavior programs that breaks them into three major categories: Cognition, Calculus and Social interaction”– Katherine Tweed
NRDC has created a new lighting guide to help consumers decipher the new lighting labels
” Our research demonstrates that we can structure business models for utilities that enable them to please their shareholders at the same time they are helping their customers save money through energy efficiency.”
“Most program managers articulate program goals as part of the planning process. What often is missing from these efforts is a fully articulated logic model. This is unfortunate because in addition to helping avoid program design flaws, the logic model provides guidance for program implementation and lays the foundation for a meaningful program evaluation. “
- As a program planning tool
- As a communication tool
- As a program management tool
- As a program evaluation tool
With Comfy app for buildings, creature comforts save energy
“According to Krioukov, research from the University of California at Berkeley’s Center for the Built Environment shows that less than 40 percent of office workers are satisfied with their comfort in workplace. “And at the same time, we have a huge energy spend and energy waste in office buildings. So if the building were more attuned to the people, then you could eliminate the discomfort and save a huge amount of energy.” —Elaine Hsieh
Energy Efficiency Performance Standards: The Cornerstone of Consumer-Friendly Energy Policy
” Energy performance standards address many of the most important market barriers and imperfections. They tend to level the playing field, reduce risk and uncertainty by creating a market for energy saving technologies, lower technology costs by stimulating investment in and experience with new technologies, reduce the need for information and the effect of split incentives, all of which help to overcome the inertia of routine and habit.”