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Best Practices (Residential)

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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Radon - Passive Systems

Started by Sean Lintow Sr. Last reply by Thomas Ailstock Feb 18. 4 Replies

Just curious - many locals (per codes) require passive radon systems be installed in new construction and…Continue

Duct Testing - is a change in order?

Started by Sean Lintow Sr. Last reply by Sean Lintow Sr Aug 6, 2015. 20 Replies

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

Blower Doors & Methods Used

Started by Sean Lintow Sr. Last reply by Colin Genge Aug 3, 2015. 10 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

Upgrading a vented tongue and groove cathedral ceiling

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

Subslab ventilation

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

Water Saver or Gimmick?

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

Thoughts on Employing Polyiso and UF FGB for Vented Cathedral Ceilings

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

Connected home refrigerators - are we excited?

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

Systematic Study of Retrofit Practices

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

Attic ventilation with mixed soffit heights.

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

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Comment by John Nicholas on December 8, 2010 at 4:40am
OK! So you have a good sense of wording questions to get the maximum information. Are there other questions you have had success with?
Comment by A. Tamasin Sterner on December 8, 2010 at 3:01am
Sure thing. After a potential customer contacts us about scheduling an audit, we explain that we require certain info before we'll schedule. We require the regular: sq. ft., number of occupants, HVAC system types and fuels, at least 12 months energy use for each type of energy, and photos of the exterior. We also ask the customer this question: "How would you like your home to be different as a result of Pure Energy's audit process?" This is a better question than "Why did you call us for an audit?" because it encourages the person to imagine a better future in their home.
Comment by John Nicholas on December 7, 2010 at 6:28pm
Tamasin, Would you expand on your concept of asking the HO how they want their house when we leave?
Comment by A. Tamasin Sterner on December 7, 2010 at 3:15pm
As Auditors, our BEST practice is asking the customer/client to tell us how they want their house to be after we leave. As QA professionals, our BEST practice is to never report anything as poorly done, or missed unless we are SURE and we've verified it ourselves. As Trainers, our BEST practice is to take the time needed with each student.
Comment by Dennis McCarthy on December 3, 2010 at 5:28pm
Regarding best practices, beside my uber advocacy of SSL - there
are also low cost/ no cost things I champion for every homeowner
like adjusting door sweeps, use of faceplate insulation and shutting power off unless an item is being used and the one that I feel strongly about we only use rechargable batteries-
I constantly talk about low utility bills and these are some of the
examples of where we walk the walk, who wouldn't want to
halve their bills / or at least try. Good strategies lead to good results!
Comment by Sean Lintow Sr on November 19, 2010 at 12:23pm
Folks, I was hoping we could get some good discussions started on Best Practices & it appears we do have a few started. I really do encourage everyone to jump in and participate as you will be amazed sometimes that not everyone knows something
With that being said, I will not hesitate to pull discussions started that do not revolve around actual best practices, or something that needs to be changed.
For example: while I am glad that your electric bill maybe $22 a month, don't try selling everyone on the fact it is because you changed your windows, used SSL's or installed a radiant barrier only. I will grant you that changing out your bulbs to SSL's is a best practice - but you need to provide advice on choosing them (names are fine) not using it as a sales tactic or justifying it with claims that it is the only reason you have a $22 bill - we know better

Thanks everyone
Comment by John Poole on November 5, 2010 at 4:01pm
Great idea and great mission statement, Sean. Glad you formed this group!
Comment by Sean Lintow Sr on November 5, 2010 at 3:51pm
You have seen the bad, you know what needs to change - so why not list what you know or think should change?
Have a problem with an existing practice like blowing cellulose on top of fiberglass batts - lets get it up there and help others decide on what's best & what isn't
I hope this will take off & we can get some good conversations going & who knows maybe get some of those bad issues relegated to the scrap heap where they belong, while helping improve others knowledge
 

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