Just came across this article that breaks down the energy efficiency of past and future codes along with different green building programs on the HERS scale. When you look at the scale and see where we are going you can see why I get a little frustrated that we are still struggling to implement t ... Continue reading

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I recently had the opportunity to attend a briefing by the New Mexico Construction Industries Division (CID) at the Las Cruces Homebuilders Association. They covered a new system for submitting plans, processes and clarified energy code requirements. Two items specifically caught my attention bec ... Continue reading

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I recently attended the RESNET conference for Building Performance in Austin, Texas; I was amazed at the number of attendees that were Homebuilders, Utility Company Representatives, and HVAC contractors. It was nice to be able to discuss energy efficiency issues with industry professionals ... Continue reading

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My first blog mentioned how my travels shaped what I think of as green. The first country on my journey was Turkey and for those of you that have been there you are probably thinking I'm crazy, but bare with me. Like many in Turkey we didn't own a car, so we walked, bicycled, car pooled, or u ... Continue reading

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Programmable thermostats are an easy way to reduce energy consumption! There is one catch. They need to be programmed for your lifestyle. Reducing the temperature setting in the winter and increasing it during the summer when you are not home or sleeping can reduce the amount of energy you use. O ... Continue reading

By Rod Sims| No Comment | Appliances, Observations

Last week I visited several HVAC contractors in Alamogordo to see if they had the equipment, training and were willing to meet the requirements to install HVAC in ENERGY STAR® homes. The results were rather disturbing to me. Several contractors have the equipment and training to meet the requir ... Continue reading

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The other day I was asked a question if item A was more efficient than item B in New Mexico. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question.  If you built two identical houses one in Alamogordo and one 20 miles away in Cloudcroft the energy use patterns and total energy used would be ... Continue reading

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Recently I attended a class sponsored by El Paso Electric company on changes to the ENERGY STAR® program. I was one of four Home Energy Raters  and approximately fourteen builders.  Everyone except me was from the Las Cruces area.  I find it interesting how Green or Energy Efficiency has ta ... Continue reading

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Do you care about the environment? If not, how about your wallet?  An ENERGY STAR® or HERS Rated home can help you with both. When you buy a car you know how many MPG the car gets, so why don't you know a comparable number for your home. The HERS Index gives you that number. You can use it to c ... Continue reading

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