Water Heaters Are the Lowest Hanging Fruit of Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Water Heaters Are the Lowest Hanging Fruit of Energy Efficiency Upgrades

June 15, 2018
Given that so many of the standard upgrades Earth Advantage builders have incorporated into their homes have now become code, it becomes really apparent that the lowest hanging fruit of energy efficiency is tied to the efficiency of the water heater.
Builder Advantage Newsletter - Builder Highlight

Builder Advantage Newsletter - Builder Highlight

June 15, 2018
Now, eleven years after completing our first build in Portland, Ethan Beck Homes is undergoing an exciting period of growth.
HVAC Design Strategies for High Performance Homes

HVAC Design Strategies for High Performance Homes

April 9, 2018
High performance homes require better HVAC design strategies than code level homes.
The Case for a New Blower Door Metric

The Case for a New Blower Door Metric

April 9, 2018
The Passive House Institute US has a new blower door measurement metric, should it be adopted by the industry for all homes?
The Future Looks Bright for Natural Gas in Earth Advantage Zero Energy Certified Homes

The Future Looks Bright for Natural Gas in Earth Advantage Zero Energy Certified Homes

April 9, 2018
Moving from a site to source definition for zero energy homes.
An Interview with Gary Phillips of Gary's VacuFlo

An Interview with Gary Phillips of Gary's VacuFlo

March 8, 2018
Peter Brown, Director of Certifications at Earth Advantage recently interview Gary Phillips of Gary's VacuFlo, the leading installer of central vacuum systems in the greater Portland metropolitan area.
Tips and Tricks for Exterior Air Sealing

Tips and Tricks for Exterior Air Sealing

March 8, 2018
Airtight drywall is an all encompassing term that includes air sealing according to the Thermal Bypass Checklist, the Thermal Enclosure Checklist, and Energy Trust of Oregon's air sealing checklist. The theoretical limit for the airtight drywall approach to air sealing is about 1.5 ACH50.
The Bend Energy Challenge

The Bend Energy Challenge

March 8, 2018
The results are and in and the City of Bend ranked 19th out of 49 communities participating in the Georgetown University Energy Prize.
Key Updates about the City of Portland Home Energy Score

Key Updates about the City of Portland Home Energy Score

February 13, 2018
A regular series of timely insights from Earth Advantage
I have an area at the top of my bathroom wall where I constantly get condensation. What's the fix?

I have an area at the top of my bathroom wall where I constantly get condensation. What's the fix?

January 26, 2018
Every house has the potential for micro-climates. Learn how to combat moisture in a micro-climate.
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