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Ohio Adopts More Efficient Building Code

After more than four years of debates and compromises between advocates, builders, and other stakeholders, the state of Ohio has finally adopted a newer, more energy efficient residential building code. The new code will save both energy and money for the homeowners. The new residential code joins the recently adopted commercial code. The adoption [Continue]

Energy Efficiency Strategies to Assist Lagging States

In October 2011, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy released the fifth edition of its annual State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. While the states ranked near the top of the scorecard are often praised for their rankings, other states are often left asking why are they near the bottom of the scorecard and what can [Continue]

How industry could become the next efficiency frontier

How industry could become the next efficiency frontier

The following is an original post  by Drew Kerr, and was originally posted on the Midwest Energy News website. Drew Kerr is a Minneapolis-based freelance reporter. He can be reached at drewbkerr@gmail.com. Homeowners have been buttoning up their windows and doors. Businesses are installing LED lights. But what role should manufacturers play in [Continue]

MEEA Presents at Chicago Green Drinks

Foresight Sustainable Business Alliance, in partnership with MEEA and other members of the Sustainable Impact Chicago- Business Group, present Green Drinks Business Edition “The State of Sustainable Business in Chicago”. With a down economy, rising energy costs, major governmental reorganization, and quickly evolving consumer attitudes, the [Continue]

Illinois Home Performance Added to Northern Illinois MLS

Illinois Home Performance Added to Northern Illinois MLS

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS), has added additional green design, disclosure, and data verification to its connectMLS™ system.  Following on the heels of MRED’s overwhelmingly successful integration of Walk Score®, the “green” expansion further enhances the ability of [Continue]

Report: Tough building codes save homeowners thousands

Report: Tough building codes save homeowners thousands

The following was written by Dan Haugen and originally posted on Midwest Energy News’s blog Highwire Last week we reported on efforts in Illinois to implement a new building code that would be the most energy-efficient in the Midwest. The state’s homebuilders association opposes the changes, in part because it says the rules will add [Continue]

Illinois eyes efficiency gains through building code

Illinois eyes efficiency gains through building code

The following is an original post on Midwest Energy News’s blog Highwire Illinois is on track to become the first state in the Midwest to require new homes pass a blower door test and meet rigorous new standards for air tightness and insulation. The requirements are among the expected changes to the state’s building code [Continue]

First Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Certificate of Completion Elwood Park Homeowner

CHICAGO – The state of Illinois has issued its first Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Certificate to homeowner Janet Jaback of Elmwood Park, Ill. The certificate verifies the energy savings realized by Jaback through her participation in the new program, which helps homeowners cut energy costs and make their homes more energy efficient. The [Continue]

Energy efficiency: Where to begin?

Ken’s original post can be found on the Midwest Energy News blog Highwire. Like most homeowners, I want to lower my energy bills. And I don’t suspect I’m atypical in not knowing exactly where to begin. When we bought our house just outside St. Paul, a smallish place built in 1922, the first place I [Continue]

Update – Illinois Home Performance Building Science Training Series: Infrared Technologies

Update – Illinois Home Performance Building Science Training Series: Infrared Technologies

Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR (IHP) is currently sponsoring a building science training series. The most recent training took place in Normal, Illinois at Heartland Community College on Infrared technologies such as infrared cameras and images used to detect problem areas in buildings. Brian Kumer, owner of Thermal Imaging Services, [Continue]

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