RESOURCES

Thousand Home Challenge Intro Webinar

Updated 03/30/17 - This PDF provides an introduction to the Thousand Home Challenge and is designed to be used with the Intro to Thousand Home Challenge webinars. As a result of attending the webinar, participants should have a clearer idea of whether or not they are interested in getting involved in the 1000 Home Challenge as a homeowner, consultant, contractor, organization, or program. Register for the webinar by following the links on the How to Join web page.

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PLANNING TOOLS FOR POTENTIAL THC PROJECTS

 

THC Homeowner Priorities Worksheet

Updated 07/08/16 - THC Homeowner Priorities Worksheet helps a household (and project team) clarify their priorities in order to make the value proposition for a proposed deep energy retrofit project. This supports the design process and improves communication with the project team (or family members) as well.The spreadsheet contains the same items in two different worksheets; the second worksheet is laid out to be printed on one page.
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THC Health, Safety, and Durability Plan

Updated 08/17/15 - THC Heal-Saf-Durability Have-a-Plan raises issues that may be relevant to a retrofit project's success and begins to document health, safety, and durability considerations within the scope of work. This references US EPA "Healthy Indoor Environmental Protocols for Home Energy Upgrades" available via www.epa.gov/iaq/homes/retrofits.html, NOTE: The EPA document was designed to address energy upgrades in existing homes, however, the recommendations do not necessarily reflect the best option for low energy homes. For example, it is usually preferable to eliminate an emission source such as a gas cooking stove, rather than to spot ventilate.
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THC Reduction Matrix

Updated 05-12-2015 - The THC Reduction Matrix can be used for any proposed or potential Thousand Home Challenge project. It is used to allocate energy use and reductions in order to better understand how a project will meet the project's target use. Instructions are in the first worksheet.
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THC Ten Steps to Deep Energy Reductions

Updated 03/27/11 - Ten Steps to Deep Energy Reductions provides a framework for assessing and implementing a deep energy reduction project for a specific dwelling.
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THC Principles for Smart Staging

Updated 11/18/13 - If doing an "All-at-Once" project is not an option, consider these principles as you plan a staged approach to deep reductions.
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Home Energy Heating Calculator Worksheets

Updated 05/05/16 - These two worksheets allow you to compare the cost of heating using different energy sources and systems (1st tab), as well as converting energy sources to MMBtu and kWh (second tab). Thanks to Bob Davis, Ecotope, for the enhancements and permission to use the cost calculator. The energy conversion table was extracted from the THC Threshold Calculator developed by Michael Blasnik.
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THC Paths to Thermal Comfort

Updated 11/18/13 - THC Paths to Thermal Comfort stimulates out of the box thinking to support the examination of a full array of solutions to reduce heat loss or heat gain and to enhance thermal comfort.
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Guiding Principles for Deep Energy Reductions (draft)

Updated 03/26/11 - What are the universal principles that define and guide deep energy reduction projects? What is missing? How can the wording be improved? Help clarify the principles that guide deep energy reduction projects.
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Thousand Home Challenge Webinar Series

FIND THE ARCHIVES OF PAST PG&E SPONSORED WEBINARS HERE:

 

2012 Spring THC Webinars featuring Case Studies of Deep Energy Reduction Projects in California
 

Dense Pack Wall Insulation & Air Sealing for California Homes (Parts 1 & 2)


HERE ARE THE SLIDES FROM PART 1
HERE IS THE MP3 AUDIO FROM PART 1


HERE ARE THE SLIDES FROM PART 2
HERE IS THE MP3 AUDIO FROM PART 2

 

Ducted & Ductless Mini-Splits for Cooling Existing Homes
 

Ductless Heat Pumps: Applications for Northern California & Low Energy Homes
 

High Performance Hot Water
 

Analyzing Electricity Use

 

Resources for California

Click here to download a list of links to California Resources related to Deep Energy Reduction Projects

 

MORE ON DEEP ENERGY REDUCTIONS

 

Resources on Superinsulation

Updated 04/16/14 – Links that lead to a treasure trove of websites, case studies, reports, initiatives, and blogs with diverse perspectives addressing deep energy retrofits.

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Deep Energy Reductions in Existing Homes

Paper for the 2008 ACEEE Summer Study by Linda Wigington.

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Home Energy magazine, Climate Solutions Issue in 2008

Moving Toward Carbon Neutrality/Nine Steps to Deep Reductions by Linda Wigington.
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One Year Later: Moving Existing Homes Toward Carbon Neutrality

This White Paper by Linda Wigington, Special Projects Director ACI, was inspired by the July 2007 ACI Summit.
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OTHER RESOURCES

 

Approaching Net Zero Energy in Existing Homes

CMHC report detailing benefits, barriers, and progression to net zero energy performance. This 187-page report details the benefits, barriers, and progression to net zero energy performance. Appendix A features decision trees integrating historical, physical, and durability challenges with deep energy retrofits.
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NCAT Major Retrofits - 1984

NCAT document offers historical perspective, construction details, etc.
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