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Home Energy July August 2015 : Page 1

w w w.homeenergy.org facebook.com/homeenergymag t witter: @homeenergymag JULY/AUGUST 2015 Vol. 32 No. 4 contents Editorial 2 30 31 31 Water Conservation Contributors Calendar Advertiser Index The Back Porch 32 PHIUS+ 2015 Climate-Specific Passive Building Standard: What’s Changed, What Hasn’t 4 HVAC Contractors: How to Set Up a Home Performance Vehicle online 18 Basement Whodunit by Elizabeth Grant Prying up Pergo in this homeowner’s basement uncovers more than water damage. Finding the culprit wasn’t easy, either. by Jason Todd HVAC and home performance are a perfect fit. Here’s everything you need to know about setting up a vehicle to do it all. Home Performance Business Defending Your Value by Mike Gorman Creating the High-Trust, Blame-Free Company by John Tooley Trends Solterre Passive House Concept Cottage by Shawna Henderson Reaping the Benefits of Existing Tree Cover by Philip Meeks The Search for Thermal Comfort by Terry Nordbye The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces by Elie Konigsberg 12 Managing Plug Loads with Advanced Power Strips 24 Using BEopt to Optimize Home Energy Performance by Lieko Earle and Bethany Sparn There are several power strips available that help battle the phantom plug load. Which one is right for your client? by Eric Wilson Building Energy Optimization helps determine the most cost-effective combination of technologies along the path to ZNE homes— here’s how. Smart Design: Optimizing Efficiency in High-Performance Homes Doesn’t Always Mean PH Certification by Indigo Ruth-Davis COVER: These New England contractors gather the equipment they need for home performance retrofits. Photo by Bill Hulstrunk www. homeenergy.org 1

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