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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]

Real-Estate Listings Are Getting Greener

Real-Estate Listings Are Getting Greener

The following was written by Dennis Rodkin and originally posted on www.chicagomag.com From left: Alyson Grady (Illinois Energy Office), Jamie Peters (Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance), Bruce Selway (Illinois Energy Office), Kimberly Radostits (Green Energy Improvement), and Bonita Marx (Green Energy Improvement) as Janet Jaback (center) [Continue]

Better Bulbs, Better Jobs: New NRDC Report Outlines Critical Benefits of Ohio Industry

Better Bulbs, Better Jobs: New NRDC Report Outlines Critical Benefits of Ohio Industry

The following is an original piece written by Dylan Sullivan with the Natural Resources Defense Council. The story was originally posted on the NRDC blog Switchboard on February 21, 2012. Maybe you’ve heard about the many benefits of the federal light bulb efficiency standards that went into effect almost two months ago, on January 1st: [Continue]

BCAP Gap Analyses a Resource for Midwest States

Energy Code Gap Analyses are reports that document a particular state’s energy code infrastructure to assess current gaps, identify best practices, and give recommendations for how these practices can be improved. The Building Codes Assistance Project (BCAP) has conducted several Gap Analyses over the course of the past year and these analyses [Continue]

Illinois Carpenters Get Training for the Clean Energy Economy

Nick Magrisso recently posted a blog on the NRDC website highlighting the Carpenter Training Center in Elk Grove Village in Illinois as part of his series of exploratory video blogs on how energy efficiency is creating jobs in Illinois. It has been long recognized that a large amount of energy is wasted through improper or [Continue]

Kentucky Hosts First Efficiency Stakeholder Meeting

Kentucky Hosts First Efficiency Stakeholder Meeting

In February 2011, the Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI) contracted MEEA to manage a two and half year stakeholder process under a cooperative agreement with US Department of Energy.  MEEA’s role is to bring together stakeholders from all sectors to assess efforts by KY’s local utilities, industry and [Continue]

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