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What Happened to the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014?

The Act and Its Downfall First off what is the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2014?  The bill contains 4 parts.  Title I establishes a voluntary, market-driven approach to aligning the interests of commercial building owners and their tenants to reduce energy consumption. Title II exempts large grid-enabled electric-resistance water heaters from regulation if they contain thermal-storage …

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Uncomfortable, Energy-Wasting New Commercial Buildings

Neglectful Design I understand why developers and contractors want to build commercial buildings out of steel. For cost and flexibility of design, it’s hard to beat steal beams, girders, and studs. The design error is to overestimate the R-value you achieve with steel-stud walls, given that steel is among the most conductive of building materials. …

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Questioning Worst-Case Combustion-Safety Testing

What new health-and-safety mandate will the home-energy community embrace next? We have worst-case combustion testing, the new lead regulations, the ASHRAE 62.2 ventilation standard, and new asbestos policies. Given the distraction from the energy-conservation mission and the high cost, I can’t help but wonder how these mandates relate to statistical risk and how effectively the prescribed testing and mitigation strategies reduce that …

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Quartz Heaters and Other Electric Space Heaters

Many recent advertisements tout specific electric space heaters as being superior to others. This article explains the operation of the two general types of electric space heaters and discusses advantages and disadvantages of different designs. Electric resistance space heaters are a good energy efficiency strategy if they allow homeowners to heat their homes to a …

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