Archive for energy audit
Baltimore County has just passed the High Performance Homes Bill, which offers a property tax credit to homeowners who invest in improving the energy efficiency of their homes. The Bill went into effect June 25, 2010. The amount of the tax credit is a percentage of the total County property tax assessed on the home that is equal to the percentage of increased energy efficiency achieved in the process of renovation or new construction. The tax credit starts at 30% efficiency for three years and increases to a carbon neutral home with a 100% tax credit for five years. Michael Hindle, CPHC and Carri Beer, AIA, LEED ap worked assiduously with Councilman Vince Gardina to make this bill a reality for Baltimore County residents. Contact us to help make your home more efficient or to design a new carbon neutral home!
Our own Michael Hindle has received his certification as a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC). He is one of only three CPHC’s in the Baltimore area and only a handful in the state of Maryland. Passive House is an energy performance standard which sets a very ambitious goal of 90% energy use reductions for heating and cooling. The Passive House standard and the associated building strategies are supported by 19 years of exhaustive building performance monitoring and building science research. Consultants use highly accurate modeling software to project and determine energy use for all building types.
Vice President Biden announced an additional $452 million to ramp up energy retrofit projects. The money has been divided among 25 states and non-profits. The press release states “existing techniques and technologies in energy efficiency retrofitting can reduce energy use by up to 40 percent per home and lower total associated greenhouse gas emissions by up to 160 million metric tons annually.” At Common Ecology, we believe we can do even better than 40% reductions. Drop us a line and schedule a Holistic Home Evaluation to learn more!
EnergyReady applies Cool Roofs, an Energy Star approved white roofing system that lasts longer than traditional tar roofing and deflects the sun’s heat. A Cool Roof does not require the disposal of the old tar roof and it significantly reduces heat transfer to the interior of the building, reducing summertime energy demand. In addition to providing energy efficiency retrofit services, the program helps to grow Baltimore’s green economy and creates local living wage jobs.
“do you realize how much you could save if you insulated your house better?” by daniel gross, slate magazine
this is a lovely article about one person’s experience with an energy audit and the discovery of how poorly his house is insulated and greatly he could save.
this weekend (February 27) brennan + company and alterego will be at the 1st annual Mt. Washington Neighborhood Energy Challenge EcoFair, sponsored by the Baltimore Neighborhood Energy Challenge and the Baltimore Office of Sustainability. We will be releasing our amazing Common Ecology Home Evaluation!