Aligning Incentives with Savings for Cost-effective Residential New Construction Programs

 Aligning Incentives with Savings for Cost-Effective Residential New Construction Programs Michael Turns, Performance Systems Development, Philadelphia, Pa. Kathleen Greely, Performance Systems Development, Meadville, Pa. Scott von Kleeck, Performance Systems Development, Philadelphia, Pa.  ABSTRACT  This study examines the relationship between predicted energy savings and the HERS Index – a metric often used as the primary determinant…

Kevin Rowley, a technician with Performance Systems Development (a PGW contractor) explains findings of tests of air infiltration to homeowner Anuj Gupta

PGW EnergySense Home Rebates Press Event

PSD outreach efforts for PGW’s EnergySense Home Rebates program were highlighted last week at a kick-off press event in the Mt. Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. Members of the local media were on hand as PSD technical specialist, Kevin Rowley, performed an in-home energy assessment to raise awareness and enhance understanding of the program for homeowners…

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PSD Hosts 2-day OpenStudio Training in Philadelphia

On March 4th, Performance Systems Development (PSD), a leader in energy efficiency program implementation, training and software development, delivered the first “Introduction to Energy Modeling with OpenStudio” classroom training in Philadelphia. PSD is the first commercial organization approved by National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) to deliver OpenStudio training courses for building professionals, software developers, and…

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HOMES Act Re-introduced in the U.S. House

Performance Systems Development (PSD), a building performance software and services provider based in Ithaca, NY and Pennsylvania, is pleased that the Home Owners Managing Energy Savings (HOMES) Act, bi-partisan proposed rebate legislation aimed at incentivizing homeowners for reduced energy consumption, was re-introduced in the House yesterday (May 23rd, 2013).  PSD’s senior executives worked closely with House…

2010 ACI Conference Roundup

The Performance Systems Development team was out in force at the 2010 Affordable Comfort, Inc., (ACI) Home Performance Conference in Austin, Texas. Through educational presentations, special sessions and displays, conference attendees previewed the innovative products and services that place PSD at the forefront of the building performance industry. Here are a few highlights from the…

Visualizing Carbon and Energy

Presented by Greg Thomas at the ACI 2009 Conference in Kansas City, this collection of charts illustrates the impact of electricity generation source on state-by-state carbon dioxide emission intensity. Graphs on cost per ton of CO2, carbon per kWh intensity, and savings to return on investment for cleaner technologies are included. Tagline: May 2009, Ithaca,…

Ethan MacCormick Talks About Energy Ratings on WBAI

Ethan MacCormick, one of Performance Systems Development’s top trainers, speaks with May Dooley of WBAI (New York City) about RESNET, home energy ratings, audits, and building efficiency. Ethan MacCormick, who conducts training courses for PSD and also serves on the NEHERS Alliance (Northeast Home Energy Rating System Alliance) board of directors, explains that home energy…

Moving from Energy Efficiency to Carbon Footprint

In this article, Greg Thomas details how the home performance industry’s focus on improving the efficiency of residential homes is just the first step to cut costs and save energy. He also outlines the impact that reducing carbon emissions would have on the environment with the implementation of accurate calculations and estimates based on region…

National Building Museum Presentation

Slides from a 2007 presentation, outlining the industrialization of the process of producing energy savings. Outlines a pilot program in California using TREAT and implementing low-cost rapid feedback of energy savings. Tagline: Ithaca, NY Written By: Greg Thomas Publisher: PSD Type: Presentation Sector: Programs