PIER Whole House Contracting Study

This report, sponsored by the California Energy Commission through the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Buildings Program, was co-written by Bevilacqua-Knight, Inc. and Performance Systems Development. Summary: Results of a survey of home performance contractors across the country, designed to identify best practices for home retrofits. Focus was placed on both business and technical practices, with the…

Welcome to the Machine

This paper examines how the process of producing energy savings in energy efficiency programs can be compared to the Total Quality Management approach to process control for an industrial process producing manufactured products. The comparison indicates how a process of continuous feedback and process improvement can be appropriately designed for energy efficiency programs. A combination…

Keeping Score

A package of software tools is designed to make routine measurement of actual energy savings cost-effective for home performance contractors. This article applies Total Quality management thinking to residential energy savings and home performance process for contractors and shows how systems and software can support this process. Tagline: Ithaca, NY Written By: Greg Thomas Type:…

Profiting from Home Performance

This presentation covers tactics and tips for getting the most out of Home Performance as a business, and results of a survey conducted to better understand the motivators behind the market. Tagline: Ithaca, NY Written By: Greg Thomas

Home Energy Ratings Sweep the Nation, Almost

A review of the energy ratings industry and how energy raters can expand the value provided by the ratings by including diagnosis of home performance problems. Tagline: September 1999, Ithaca, NY Written By: Greg Thomas

Eco Villiage at Ithaca: Designing For and With Community

The EcoVillage at Ithaca project has been recognized as an international leader in the development of sustainable clustered housing. Under development since 1992, the last of thirty housing units in the “First Neighborhood” was occupied in summer of 1997. The project has received considerable media attention including an internationally broadcast feature on CNN, feature broadcasts…

Working the Utility/Contractor Connection

Greg Thomas, PSD’s CEO and former president of Affordable Comfort, published an article in Home Energy Magazine that takes a look at a successful home performance program administered by Integrated Energy Systems for Niagra Mohawk Power Corporation. In the article, Thomas explores the reasons for the program’s success in the absence of government energy efficiency…

Conference Christens Home Performance Industry

As covered in this report from Home Energy magazine, Greg Thomas announces an effort to form a Home Performance industry, as president of Affordable Comfort Inc. Tagline: December 1995, Ithaca, NY Written By: Greg Thomas