Home Energy March April 2012 : Page 1

MA R C H / A P R I L 20 1 2 Vo l . 2 9 N o . 2 contents 44 Virginia’s Most Editorial 2 Folk Labels and Home Energy 30 Weatherization Plus Health The Next Step for WAP by Rebecca Stewart The Weatherization Plus Health initiative is bridging the gap between occupant health and energy effi ciency. Energy-Effi cient Home by Deborah Rider Allen A home with a modest start wins the Most Energy-Effi cient Home of the Year award for 2010 over 302 other EarthCraft-certifi ed homes. Letters 3 Diagnosing an IAQ Problem, The Upside of Downlights, and More Downlights 48 Achieving High The BPI Standard 6 The Value of ISO 17024 Accredited Certifi cations for the Home Performance Workforce Performance Homes Through Quality Management by Duncan Prahl Wathen-Castanos Hybrid Homes, Incorporated takes the dire real estate market and turns it into an opportunity to focus on quality and energy effi ciency. Tools 8 Analyzing Combustion Analyzers 36 Leaking Shower Trends 14 Money Well Spent— A Look Back at the Recovery Act’s WAP Milestones Diverters An Overlooked Energy Waster by Betsy Jenkins A study of 120 combination bath/ shower units fi nds that you may literally be throwing money down the drain. 56 Eliminating Decision Paralysis on Long Island by Dan Kartzman and Steve McKenna The plethora of residential energy effi ciency programs on Long Island had become so cluttered that it was actually making it harder for contractors to do business. 18 Behavior, Energy and Climate Change 22 The Incredible, Affordable Solar Decathlon 2011 26 Lifting the Burden of Energy-Ineffi cient and Unhealthy Homes New & Notable 60 CertainTeed Introduces New Apollo Solar Roofi ng, P.E.A.C.E., Inc., Receives NYSERDA Achievement Awards, and more 62 Advertiser Index 63 Sustainable Connections 64 Calendar FRONT COVER: Tidewater Virginia team assembles their house for the U.S. DOE’s Solar Decathlon. Photo Credit: Stefano Paltera/U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon www. homeenergy.org 1

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