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BOOKS/PUBLICATIONS:

Measured Home Performance:  A Guide to Best Practices for Home Energy Retrofits in California. This is a great introduction to Building Science principles and installation specifications from the gurus of the industry. Your Home Performance Contractor should be using these installation procedures on every job.
Residential Energy: Cost savings and comfort for existing buildings. An in-depth look at energy physics and assessment and retrofit procedures for the most important energy systems in your home. Your Home Performance Contractor should know this book cover to cover.
Journal of Light Construction’s Guide to Energy Efficiency:  an all-star team of national building and energy experts write to help you understand energy efficient construction methods and apply them to your new construction and remodeling projects
No Regrets Remodeling: by Home Energy Magazine

ARTICLES:

Why We Never Need to Build Another Polluting Power Plant – We can wipe them all off the drawing board by using current energy more efficiently – Are you listening, Washington? (the DOE and the EPA are!)  By Joseph Romm

Energy Circle:  We believe that you can make your home more energy efficient, more comfortable, and healthier to live in.  We cover Air Quality, Home Energy Audits, Air Sealing, Energy Monitoring, etc.

Remodeling:  Greening in Place:  Energy efficiency goes hand-in-hand with aging in place

The New York Times:  The ROI of Home Performance

Smart Homeowner Magazine:  Remodeling for Peak Efficiency by Paul Eldrenkamp

Energy Vanguard:  Building a Green Home

BLOGS:

California Energy & Climate News:  subscribe by email

Digest for CA Clean Energy News: subscribe by email

Energy Efficiency Market Report

Energy Vanguard:  super geeky, super smart, super thorough on all topics Building Science

WEBSITES:

Architecture 2030

Energy Circle

Home Performance with Energy Star

The Green Remodel Forum: Great list of Home Performance videos, articles, blogs and products!

Affordable Comfort:  1000 Home Challenge

Smart Homeowner:  Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

National Association of Home Builders:  Green Remodeling

RESOURCES FOR REALTORS:

The Value of Green Labels In the California Housing Market Study

REBATES:

There are significant rebates and incentives available for homeowners for energy efficient home improvements, through state, county, utility, and federal programs. Click here to learn more.

ENERGY CHAMPIONS: Starting a home energy retrofit to save money and make your home more comfortable? Now, you can retrofit your home and also support a community organization! Sustainable Claremont has been appointed as an Energy Champion for Home Upgrade, part of the state’s Energy Upgrade California Initiative. Through Home Upgrade, you can get up to $6,500 or more in rebates and incentives for installing qualifying energy efficiency upgrades. At the same time, you can give back to Sustainable Claremont by earning up to $400 for the organization when you complete your qualifying home upgrade. Click HERE to fill out an interest form and get started on your retrofit project. Be sure to mark Sustainable Claremont as your champion to support more energy efficiency in your community! If you have questions, email Alexis Reyes at coordinator@sustainableclaremont.org.

ENERGY UPGRADE CALIFORNIA:

Energy Upgrade California is a partnership between California counties, cities, non-profit organizations and utilities aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of our existing building stock.

BUILDING SCIENCE/HOME PERFORMANCE VIDEOS:

Check out our Building Science Videos page for more information.