Hey all,

I'm looking to showcase the energy efficiency offerings we have.  We want to showcase some of our common solutions in our area, which are duct sealing, air sealing, energy efficient light bulbs, sealing chases and fir downs, and adding insulation.  We have a store where we are trying to do displays of each of these things.  What we've thought up for each is below:

Duct sealing - Fan with small plenum and two ducts coming off and terminating.  One sealed, one unsealed.  

Questions - Does anyone have pointers on what sort of fog machine and fan to use?  The idea behind these displays is that they can be turned off and on like a childrens museum display, by the push of a button.  Any pointers on what to use would be appreciated.

Air sealing - Looking for a plan for a plexiglass house where we can show air leakage. Again, looking for a plan for an "activate" button as well as a fan size and fog machine.  And house plans.  I've seen these at trade shows, if someone could show me a plan or even a good picture that would be awesome.

Energy efficient light bulbs - Who knows how to get one of those displays like they have at home depot?  We'd love to show one. 

Sealing chases - Probably goes along with the plexiglass house.  Thoughts?

Adding insulation - We were thinking of a basic plexiglass box with a thermometer under low insulation and under lots of insulation with heat lamps above.  Any other thoughts are welcome.

Overall, if you have any plans for how to make an energy efficient display, or knowledge on how to get one from a sales rep, we would love to know! Another thought we've had is an animation, going through the house with an interactive display. Does anyone have a lead on existing animations they've used?

Thank you!

Views: 140

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

Hi Daniel,

Trying to explain to a home owner what a thermal bypass is, is time consuming and mostly ineffective.  Yet a simple physical model will convey the explanation in a heartbeat.  And a dozen models will make you look like an expert.

A display can vary from pretty pictures to a small house constructed inside your office, space being the limiting factor.  If you have room, provide seating for 10 to 20 in an audience to listen to a short energy efficiency presentation.  If you lack that kind of space, then make many of your models portable so you can go on the road and take them along.  Public speaking is a great way to keep busy during slow times.

An important part of good displays is how well you support them with the related wording.  If every display provokes a list of questions then you will need an answer person available for everyone who visits.  If 10 people show up at the same time you will want those signs to answer most/all of their questions.  Murphy's law says they will most frequently show up in groups when only one person is in the office.

"Hands on" models has always worked for me in a variety of professions.

Bud

Hands on props are highly recommended; all the better in a store-front type environment. Over the years, we've developed and used many tangibles in our classes for home inspectors and REALTORS. 

One of my personal favorites is a portable light bulb comparison display we made from a pair of recycled old 6-lamp "bath bar" luminaires. We gave each its own pigtail, added a toggle switch to control each lamp base, and then mounted them both side-by-side on a musician's speaker stand. You can quickly and easily contrast numerous lamp attributes: waste heat, color temperature, beam spread, etc. in any combination you like. Add on a Kill-a-Watt meter (or two), and you can log kW or kWh too.

Or just turn on all 12 lamps at once, and give your class a free tan!

For more smart display ideas, check out the exhibits at any of these excellent energy training centers:

http://energydesignresources.com/training/energy-centers.aspx

Check the photos here -

http://homeenergypros.lbl.gov/profile/GreenJobsTrainingCenter

Maybe you will get some ideas.

RSS

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Twitter

Latest Activity

Luis Imery added a discussion to the group Job Board
Thumbnail

Hiring: Construction Manager with High Performance Custom Home Experience

POSITION DESCRIPTIONJob Title: Construction ManagerDepartment: Construction –…See More
9 hours ago
Profile IconLuis Imery and Quinn Korzeniecki joined Diane Chojnowski's group
Thumbnail

Job Board

This group is for posting jobs related to all aspects of the home performance industry including…See More
9 hours ago
Colin Genge posted an event

Retrotec is attending the NEBB Testing and Balancing (Tab) Certified Professional Review Seminar in Chicago, IL at Hilton Chicago O’Hare Airport

June 6, 2016 at 8am to June 8, 2016 at 5pm
Building owners and tenants are concerned that the environmental performance of buildings must be…See More
13 hours ago
Colin Genge updated an event
Thumbnail

Retrotec is exhibiting at the NFPA Conference & Expo-Booth 1355 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center

June 13, 2016 at 8am to June 16, 2016 at 5pm
NFPA's Conference & Expo is widely regarded as the most comprehensive industry event for…See More
13 hours ago
Tom White posted a video

Hayward Healthy Home Principles and Products

Bill Hayward discusses the principles that were used to build the first Hayward Healthy Home and how the products were evaluated for toxicity before they wer...
14 hours ago
Tom White's video was featured

Building Science Insights -- To Vent or Not to Vent

Building Science Presentation with Dr. Joseph Lstiburek.
15 hours ago
Quinn Korzeniecki added a discussion to the group Job Board
15 hours ago
Profile IconIan Smith, Brett Slezak, Autumn Secrest and 6 more joined Home Energy Pros
16 hours ago

© 2016   Created by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service