Where We’ve Been Published

Our push for Measured Performance is being noticed, and it’s changing the industry. We are thought leaders.

October 2015

What We Learned at the 2015 Healthy Buildings Summit – IAQ Radio – Reviewing what we learned at an Indoor Air Quality conference. (Not a command performance on my part, frankly.) A great podcast to know about, though.

September 2015

We’re Doing Residential Energy Efficiency All Wrong – GreenTech Media – My article calling out my industry for focusing on the wrong things, like selling efficiency, rather than solving consumer problems and building trust with them.

August 2015

Is Energy Efficiency Broken? – Shelton Group Newsletter – Suzanne Shelton of the Shelton Group, which specializes in marketing Energy Efficiency to utilities and other large corporations. This article discusses a recent study about the cost effectiveness of low income weatherization programs, and how focusing on only one thing (energy savings) leads to myopic conclusions.

Is Energy Efficiency Cost Effective? – Builder Magazine – The ‘Is Energy Efficiency Article’ above is republished in Builder Magazine, the magazine for the National Associate of Home Builders.

July 2015

Home Performance Coalition’s Newsletter – Interview on industry direction and how we need to focus on homeowner wants and needs while measuring results and proving that what we do works.

June 2015

IAQ Radio Interview – This is a great podcast, I listen to it a lot, then was invited to be on. The first half is about efficiency programs, the second half is about how Home Performance affects indoor air quality. Also check out episodes from Joe Lstiburek, Bill Rose, Lew Harriman, Richard Rue and Richard Corsi.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Modeling: Energy Efficiency’s Problem with Tracking Savings – GreenTech Media – We get mentioned for our efforts to make efficiency programs more efficient by paying for what they want – energy savings. Check out GreenTech’s Energy Gang podcast as well, they have a great wide lens perspective on where we’re going.

May 2015

ACI 2015 New Orleans, LA – The Affordable Comfort conference is the largest conference for the Home Performance industry. Nate will be speaking on using energy modeling to develop larger, more effectual projects.

February 2015

Icicles and Ice Dams Can Damage Your Home; Here’s How to Cope During the Deep Freeze – Cleveland Plain Dealer – A brief summary of our ice dam page.

Measured Results Are Coming to Energy Efficiency Programs. Are You Ready? – Energy Efficiency Markets – A piece on the myriad ways big data is about to rock the Home Performance world and out its lack of performance.

Why Low Hanging Fruit Has Poisoned Energy Efficiency – GreenTech Media  – Republished from our blog.

January 2015

One Knob On The Energy Gang Podcast – Jigar Shah, Katherine Hamilton, and Stephen Lacey discuss the One Knob program design proposal – very favorably. Go to 22:00 for the discussion.

Building Performance Podcast – Corbett Lunsford learns how I’m turning Energy Smart to be results focused, and away from chasing rebates.

November 2014

How Small Jobs Killed My Business – Journal of Light Construction – JLC picked up the articles about how program design creates a structure no small business can thrive under.

The TREE House Takes Root – The Weekly Villager – Cutting the ribbon on the TREE House Deep Energy Retrofit project. Nate gets called a guru in this one thanks to Debbie Kasper, the faculty member in charge of the project.

Details of the One Knob Program Proposal – One Knob Part 4 – Green Building Advisor

October 2014

Hard Truths of Home Performance – One Knob Part 3 – Green Building Advisor – Lots of uncomfortable things need to be acknowledged about our industry or things will never move forward.

The ‘Low Hanging Fruit’ Fallacy – One Knob Part 2 – Green Building Advisor – There are no silver bullets, it takes whole home thinking to affect real change in client homes.

Designing an Efficiency Program That Works – One Knob Part 1 – Green Building Advisor – Current program designs do not focus on results, have no accountability, and have failed to affect market transformation. That needs to change.

September 2014

An Efficiency Manifesto: Energy and Home Performance Programs Need Serious Reform – GreenTech Media (an abridged version of How a Program Killed My Business and the One Knob Series)

How an Efficiency Program Killed My Business – Green Building Advisor – The design of a program created a structure that no business can thrive under, and Energy Smart is far from alone.

Your Education Will Not Be Televised – Debbie Kasper of Hiram College – Humorously describes the wacky process of doing a Deep Energy Retrfit on the TREE House, which is the new home of the Environmental Studies Department at Hiram College.

August 2014

More Than Tips Needed to Save Energy – Journal of Light Construction – NOTE: Pay wall on this article. It describes a more thorough process to designing solutions that actually work, not just prescribing things and hoping for results.

July 2014

Why Energy Saving Tips Suck – Journal of Light Construction – Check out the comments on this one.

How One Guy Sells Home Performance – Habitat X – Chris Dorsi is the founder of the Habitat X conference and is the author of the industry textbook Residential Energy.

Insulation and Air Sealing at the TREE House – Debbie Kasper of Hiram College – A description of the project and a rare shot of Nate manning a blow hose.

May 2014

Another Report on the Great Ventilation Debate – Green Building Advisor – How much ventilation a home needs to keep indoor air fresh has turned into a big brouhaha in the Home Performance industry. This was a 5 on 1 fight and the 1 won.

April 2014

Presenter at ACI National – The Home Performance Industry Conference – Nate presented on marketing with Peter Troast of Energy Circle, the industry’s guru, and also was part of a panel about programs and contractors.

Hiram College Earth Day Celebration – Nate Adams presented on Myths and Realities of Insulation and Home Performance.

March 2013

Hiram College TREE House Project Begins – A deep energy retrofit with the goal of reducing the energy use of a 1901 house by 75% or more. The house will become the home for the Enviromental Studies Program at Hiram College. It’s a rocky path…

January 2013

What Causes Icicles and Ice Dams – Energy Vanguard – Allison Bailes of Energy Vanguard is the premier blogger in the Home Performance space, he picked up Nate’s articles about icicles, and is also a friend.