Articles by Joanna R. Turpin

Perks of Home-Performance Partnerships

Counseling, Cooperation Promote Whole-House Contracting Success
September 23, 2013

As more and more contractors consider diving into home-performance contracting, many are seeking guidance from numerous organizations that have the experience necessary to help contractors start and/or grow their HPC businesses.


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Bells, Whistles for Geothermal Heat Pumps

Manufacturers Introduce Features to Improve Comfort, Efficiency, Serviceability
July 29, 2013

With just three years left to encourage homeowners to invest in geothermal advances, manufacturers are pulling out all the stops by introducing new features on their GHPs, such as variable-speed technology and sophisticated controls, which they say will provide homeowners with better comfort, as well as lower energy consumption and operating costs.


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Complex Equipment: The Choice of a New Generation

Gen Y Recognized as Connected, Demanding, and Thrifty
July 29, 2013

This group, also known as Generation Y, was born between 1980 and 2000 and has a strong reputation for being tech savvy, environmentally aware, and cost conscious.


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Innovations Improve Installations

New Products, Techniques Available For Geothermal Installations
July 29, 2013

Each geothermal installation involves digging up a yard, laying hundreds of feet of pipe, and generally disrupting the lives of homeowners, but thanks to the innovative thinking of manufacturers and contractors, there are now new products and techniques that can enhance the installation experience for the homeowner, as well as the contractor.


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Utilities Encourage Geothermal Investment

Utilities Reduce Installation Costs to Encourage Use of GHPs
July 29, 2013

Most utilities promote conservation by offering rebates for the installation of high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment and solar energy systems, but several are starting to think outside the box.


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Generating Interest in High-End Solutions

HVAC Contractors See Surge in Standby Generator Sales
June 24, 2013

With installed costs starting at around $7,000, these are luxury items that not every homeowner can afford; however, contractors are reporting a surge in sales that they expect to continue for the foreseeable future.


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Building a Dream HVAC System

When Money is No Object, High-End HVAC Equipment Fits the Bill
June 24, 2013

Customers looking to invest in more expensive heating and cooling systems have numerous options from which to choose, and most will result in better comfort and efficiency. But for that rare homeowner for whom money is no object, contractors may want to suggest manufacturer-recommended “dream” systems, all of which offer exceptional comfort, whisper-quiet operation, and super high efficiency.


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Showcase Home Features High-End HVAC

Efficiency Achieved Using an Air-to-Water Heat Pump, Radiant Heat, and Ductless Cooling
June 24, 2013

While all the homes in Meadow Ranch are extremely energy efficient, one stands out, as it not only achieved LEED Platinum certification, but it served as a test home for a new air-to-water heat pump. 


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ACI Conference Makes its Mark

Conference Draws Home-Performance and Weatherization Professionals
June 10, 2013

Throngs of attendees took part in numerous educational and networking events that were designed to promote awareness of issues related to creating healthy, comfortable, sustainable homes.


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Employment Background Checks Drawing Government Scrutiny

Contractors May Face Legal Hurdles When Using Background Checks During Hiring Process
June 3, 2013

This latest guidance from EEOC concerning background checks stems from Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. But there is absolutely no reference made to criminal history, so how can EEOC threaten action based on Title VII?


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