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Best Building, Retrofitting, or even Auditing Practices - what are they, what should change, what needs to find it's way to the dust bin of history?

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Blower Doors & Methods Used 9 Replies

Just curious - what Blower Door do you use, what tests do you do, and do you use software or not?For example it is a mixed bag here as some jurisdictions want a multi-point test while others accept a…Continue

Started by Sean Lintow Sr. Last reply by John Nicholas Jan 25.

Upgrading a vented tongue and groove cathedral ceiling 13 Replies

I'm looking for suggestions about how to upgrade a vented cathedral ceiling covered with very nicely finished (albeit leaky) tongue and groove pine. Some specifics: About 1/2 the assembly is vented…Continue

Started by Matthew Damon. Last reply by Matthew Damon Nov 13, 2014.

Subslab ventilation 1 Reply

Does subslab ventilation (Active Soil Depressurization) reduce basement humidity loads and what is the impact on electric loads? These were the two questions Energy Center researchers tried to answer…Continue

Started by Barbara Smith. Last reply by Sean Lintow Sr Aug 12, 2014.

Water Saver or Gimmick? 15 Replies

ACI was an interesting conference with a lot of great vendors exhibiting, but one had me stumped. The company was called ShowerStart & they have a product where you turn on the water & as…Continue

Started by Sean Lintow Sr. Last reply by Dennis Heidner May 15, 2014.

Thoughts on Employing Polyiso and UF FGB for Vented Cathedral Ceilings 3 Replies

I have been going with a relatively unique (and time-consuming) approach to address two similar situations: vented cathedral ceilings and semi-conditioned attics with HVAC equipment.I have been…Continue

Started by Patrick Michaelyan. Last reply by Sean Lintow Sr Feb 14, 2014.

Duct Testing - is a change in order? 13 Replies

David Richardson posted an interesting piece on changing from % based testing based on conditioned floor area versus the duct area…Continue

Started by Sean Lintow Sr. Last reply by Sean Lintow Sr Dec 20, 2013.

Connected home refrigerators - are we excited? 18 Replies

A read-through of the revisions proposed for ENERGY STAR refrigerators (expected to take effect in March 2014) indicate that "connectivity" capability is included in the guideline. …Continue

Tags: response, appliances, demand, STAR, ENERGY

Started by Barbara Smith. Last reply by Curt Kinder Jul 30, 2013.

Systematic Study of Retrofit Practices 1 Reply

I have questions about roof cavity insulation, have input from local experts, though welcome hearing from those who are practicing in cold climate and hopefully near/at the cutting edge of Wx…Continue

Tags: condensation, strategy, dense pack, workforce guidelines, inaccessible

Started by John Porterfield. Last reply by Sean Lintow Sr Jun 15, 2013.

Attic ventilation with mixed soffit heights. 34 Replies

Passive venting solution needed.How do you manage the air flow to properly ventilate an attic when one soffit is low and the other somewhere in between low and high?  I have a cape with an almost…Continue

Tags: venting, attic

Started by Bud Poll. Last reply by Bud Poll Apr 17, 2013.

Looking for advice on garage-to-house air sealing 12 Replies

We know that air from attached garages moves into houses, and we have some data on the size of the leakage area from the garage to the house, based upon field research. However, we are now working on…Continue

Started by Don Fugler. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Apr 4, 2013.

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Comment by Bud Poll on February 12, 2015 at 7:40pm

Hi Robert,

I have long advocated volunteer work as a great place to gain real field experience as an Energy Auditor.  Seniors, unemployed, and military families will keep you very busy.  All of the class work we go through is barely enough to get us in the door let alone provide a quality audit.  But, there are many people out there who could benefit from free help even from a beginner.  Throw in, that HVAC is one of the best companion businesses to be experienced in and you have a real asset to offer.

As for nonprofit status, you will start of that way regardless.  It will take a few years before your skills and operating procedures will be able to turn a profit.  Asking an established insulation company to accompany you in a non profit offering while they are working hard to keep their employees busy and well paid is going to be difficult.

Once you add up all of the expenses, from equipment and software to insurance and marketing, you may be less enthusiastic about a long term nonprofit.  It takes a significant amount of marketing to keep your calendar full 365.  Mix a successful "for profit" business with an adjustable volunteer service for those who need energy improvements and you will be providing a quality community service while building a long term quality business.  Remember, there are a lot of options for funding out there that, IF, you search them out, you will be able to assist those folks even more.

Your 3 certifications are just the beginning so tie into the networks of the well established pros and listen to them discuss problems and solutions.

Best,

Bud

Comment by Patrick Michaelyan on February 12, 2015 at 5:24pm

Mr. Jones, 

God bless you. I had tried on many occassions to build a partnership with local HVAC companies without success. The main barrier: the HVAC contractors did not want to lose potential jobs because homeowners felt like they were being sold more than they needed (i.e. insulation). There were also concerns with "over-loading" potential clients with too much information.

Regardless, the idea is solid, and the execution is likely to be the big challenge. If I was in your neck of the woods I'd be on board in a heartbeat.

All the best in your endeavors!

Comment by robert jones on February 12, 2015 at 2:57pm

Hello everyone. My name is Bob Jones...I'm new to this group. I own a small heating & cooling company in Albany, NY.  I've completed three BPI certifications in May, 2014. I'm looking to start a non-profit in my community.  

I'm looking to partner with an insulation team. The goal is to have a heating & cooling company and an Insulation company under one roof....as a non-profit. 

Comment by Sean Lintow Sr on January 25, 2012 at 2:24pm

Yes I am and agree it is a good site & program to check out - also another good group to consider joining

Comment by David Eggleton on January 25, 2012 at 7:20am

Are you a member of the 1000 Home Challenge group?  There are many common interests.

Comment by Sean Lintow Sr on December 18, 2011 at 5:20am

Hi Judy, I have  few thoughts on this & I am sure many others do as well. Unfortunately with it being on the comment wall, not to many people may see it so I am going to create a copy of your question in the discussion area above. Not only will this allow for everyone to reply directly, but everyone should get an email of the question.

Comment by Judi Lyall on December 17, 2011 at 6:44am

Good morning,

   I have a client that complained that certain rooms were either cold or hot. She had 45% leakage. We gave her more air, tightened the ducts and now she called and said that the home is now getting very dusty. What is the cause and what to do next. It has gone through the summer with the air blowing thru it, I would think the the dust in the ducts are already blown out

thanks for your reply

Comment by Sean Lintow Sr on July 17, 2011 at 6:52pm
Thanks Thomas, I don't know what happened there - http://blog.sls-construction.com/tag/recovery-thru-retrofit is the main page for all articles on it. Thanks
Comment by Thomas Burke on July 17, 2011 at 5:14pm
Hey Sean- your links here don't work.
Comment by Sean Lintow Sr on July 16, 2011 at 2:24pm

As I am not the type to recomend something and never do it myself - My review on the new draft Workforce guidelines: Combustion Safety, Ventilation, Air SealingHeating & Cooling, Insulation, Crawl Space & Basements, Base-Load aka Appliances & Lighting.

 

Just remember all the comments from the organizations need to be in by this Friday to DOE, so you should get your comments finished up quickly - RESNET's cut off is Monday & BPI's is... (Sorry I never saw anything from them, but was told they did send out a request)

 

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