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Energy Modeling Software - what works??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Baerg Feb 23, 2012. 48 Replies

I first learned in my BPI class of 2008 was that we would not be using or taught to use any energy modeling software.  The story was that they did like the previously used software (TREAT) and would…Continue

 

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Al Heath commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post My Fall Into The Smart Home, Lazy Life
"Technolgy is almost always cool BUT (and its a big BUT) money spent on bells and whistles is money you didn't spend on better tightening and insulating the house, which is where serious energy savings come about. #2 when that technology breaks…"
Nov 23, 2015
Al Heath replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"Really?  Go back and read these posts again.... "play ground for mold."  I once did a basement with open cell foam (still oil based but less toxic than closed cell) with a high-end moisture barrier behind.  Bottom line you…"
Apr 20, 2015
Al Heath replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"My favorite was 2x4 directly on cement basement wall, with fiberglass, then plastic inside of that.  It looked like a total black goopy mess when opened 5 yrs after install and was given away by the black liquid (liquid mildew) leaking from…"
Apr 19, 2015
Al Heath replied to Tony Hicks's discussion Slab-on-grade Insulation
"Try buildingscience.com the best place for technical info and good drawings.  How much foam you putting underneath...2"? Not enough in my book as I'd go for for minimum 20R on all sides."
Apr 16, 2015
Al Heath replied to Larry Schaffert's discussion How to correctly insulate exterior wall in a 1900 house?
"I was referring to spraying foam directly onto the back of the exterior lap siding which you many some day need/want to replace.  Plus it always make me nervous when I have a plastic and wood in direct contact as this often leads to trapped…"
Apr 16, 2015
Al Heath replied to Larry Schaffert's discussion How to correctly insulate exterior wall in a 1900 house?
"tough, I wouldn't use spray to the back of the siding as you'll never get it off. I wonder if 2" board foam foamed in around the edges to hold and tighten, then glass, rock wool or cellulose the rest of the cavity. For a much better…"
Apr 15, 2015
Al Heath replied to Bryan Pringle's discussion Dense packed cellulose in basement?
"I do not put cellulose in basements... ever.  No matter how hard you work, vapor barrier are never perfect and once its wet you are done.  I don't use much foam, spray or board, but basements are a good place for it."
Apr 15, 2015
Jim Baerg replied to Al Heath's discussion Energy Modeling Software - what works??
Feb 23, 2012
Doris Ikle replied to Al Heath's discussion Energy Modeling Software - what works??
"Robert, EPS is an Energy Performance Score that compares the energy efficiency of one building to that of other similar buildings. Home Tune-uP provides a detailed list of the group of energy efficiency improvements that save more each…"
Feb 21, 2012
Robert Haverlock replied to Al Heath's discussion Energy Modeling Software - what works??
"Doris, I like your response, and I like Michael Blasniks presentations...It seems Mr. Blasniks articles and teachings are counter to the typical energy groups out there, at least hopefully the bad ones...whats your insight to Mr. Blasnik?   Are…"
Feb 21, 2012
robert post replied to Al Heath's discussion Energy Modeling Software - what works??
"Here in Philadelphia, I believe ECA is the largest facilitator of program work. They sent out a notice to their auditors days ago that they are moving from Recurve to a new software because Recurve has sold and will no longer be available, except to…"
Feb 19, 2012
aaron avelar replied to Al Heath's discussion Energy Modeling Software - what works??
"Hi Chris- I too contacted Recuve about purchasing your product and spoke to a rep named Ray. He told me he wasn't sure if you are still selling your software but would pass on my info if I emailed him. I emailed him last week and hope that my…"
Feb 19, 2012
John Hennessy replied to Al Heath's discussion Energy Modeling Software - what works??
"Hello Doris,   Can I get a demo account to try this software? After training what is the annual cost to use the program?   Thanks"
Jan 5, 2012
Al Heath commented on Macie Melendez's blog post Replacement Windows for Dummies
"Hooorrrraaaay for Joe Novella honesty about new windows.    Sure they was great if you have an unlimited budget but I've see a lot of great energy renovation project budgets go down the tubes with the $10-20…"
Sep 26, 2011
Tom Mallard replied to Al Heath's discussion Energy Modeling Software - what works??
"Please consider that adding that a solar-gain wall to southern exposures can eliminate a winter heating bill entirely in many homes, collecting thermal energy is too important to omit the point.   The effect of passive solar is to throw…"
Apr 18, 2011
Danielle Amasia replied to Al Heath's discussion Energy Modeling Software - what works??
"Similar to Recurve, Hancock's HEAT models the home on site and delivers energy savings and reports that can be printed at the homeowners house.  HEAT's app works on the ipad.  An energy auditor from DC that uses it is speaking at…"
Apr 15, 2011

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