To Home Performance Forum members:
Along with my friends at the Home Performance Coalition (HPC), I'm pleased to announce the Home Performance Forum will soon merge with Home Energy Pros under the HPC banner. Please take a moment to read HPC's press release, attached.
What precipitated this change? The Home Energy Pros website, a partnership between Lawrence Berkley Labs and Home Energy Magazine, is losing DoE funding and was set to close down October 1. The Home Performance Coalition saw this as an opportunity to expand its role as a facilitator of professional networking and dialogue within the home performance and weatherization communities. I saw this as an opportunity to move our forum to a more robust platform.
The transition from the LinkedIn group has been difficult. Our forum software (Vanilla) required numerous modification to accommodate our needs, and still lacks key communication features necessary to keep the membership engaged. In particular, the Vanilla platform provides no way to subscribe to new discussions, nor does it support periodic activity digests. This means most of you have received no communication from the forum since joining unless you subscribed to an active discussion. Indeed, less than half of our membership has logged in since initially joining. So while I've been disappointed in the low activity level, I can't say I'm surprised. Out of sight, out of mind.
I’m sure you'll like the HEP platform (powered by Ning). It features a topical discussion forum not unlike our own, plus a number of special interest groups, some of which are private (any member can create a group). There's a blog section as well as separate tabs for videos, photos and events. Importantly, you can sign up to be notified for all new discussions and to receive regular digests. Our archives and search engine will remain separate on the Vanilla platform (read-only), but will be easily accessible from a new tab in the Home Energy Pros header. Bookmarks and links into the archives will remain intact.
Unfortunately, there's no way to automatically enroll our membership in the HEP platform. Many of you are already members, but those who aren't will need to register. Once you enter your email and password on the registration form, you'll need to confirm your email and complete the profile questionnaire. Although not required, you can mention the Home Performance Forum in the 'Professional Interests' section of the profile, as new members must be approved by the HEP admin/moderator. Until the transition is complete, you can register at http://homeenergypros.lbl.gov
. Our new domain will be http://homeenergypros.org
, which will also be linked from the HPC home page. The transition will occur over the next several days.
Speaking of moderators, I'm pleased to announce that HEP's esteemed moderator and site administrator, Diane Chojnowski, will continue in her role under the direction of the Home Performance Coalition, giving me a much-needed break! I look forward to seeing everyone online over at the new site.
David Butler, forum administrator
The Home Performance Forum