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www. h o m e e n e r g y. o r g f a ceb o ok . c om / h ome ener g ymag NOV E MBER/D EC E M B ER 2012 Vol. 29 No. 6 t w it t e r: @h o m e e n e rg y m a g contents Editorial 2 Energy Effi ciency Advice to the Next Adminstration 26 Incorporating Home Performance into HVAC by Thomas Dolan Making the transition from HVAC to home performance isn’t easy, but it can be quite profi table—here are real-world examples of how and why it works. Letters 3 Using Duct Testers, Home Energy on Facebook, and Energy Upgrade 34 Fixing Wet Basements Trends 6 Make the Most of Your Energy Use by Clicking the Green Button the Mark of Quality in Training and Crawl Spaces 16 Home Performance with Energy Star Looking Back to See the Future by Cortney Krauss and Courtney Moriarta Home Performance with Energy Star is ten years old. What can its past teach us for our future? by Jason Todd Basements and crawl spaces are often overlooked, but they can be the key to a home’s comfort. 10 The Choice Is Yours—Look for 12 Optimizing Complex Residential HVAC Systems New & Notable 50 NCHH Shows Impact of Lead on School Performance, Window Film Gets Respect in California, Average U.S. Household Energy Expense Rises, and more. 20 American Performance A Passive House Is Put to the Test in the United States by Dave Stecher Passive house monitoring in Urbana, Illinois, shows modeled versus actual performance. 42 Multifamily Ventilation Retrofi ts for Energy Savings by Sean Maxwell Ever feel like something’s missing from your multifamily audit? It could be the ventilation system. 54 Advertiser Index 55 Sustainable Connections 56 Calendar COVER: John Scipione of GreenHomes America, Syracuse, NY thoroughly inspects and documents the condition of a crawl space before beginning work on it. Photo by Kimberly McKinzie of NYSERDA. www. homeenergy.org 1

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