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Take the truckload of chocolate away from the 5 year olds.
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Does anyone else feel the present precipitous drop in energy costs in these United States is a catastrophe? Does anyone else feel the US Gov is once again missing the opportunity of a lifetime to fix…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Leslie McDowell, BPI Dec 11.

The end of Innovation and beginning of Commoditization of Home Performance
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Does anyone else feel that Home Performance is becoming commoditized? The final nail for me is BPI requiring BA candidates to be capble of energy modeling.  Why would you want to do that?  To my…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by tedkidd Feb 20.

bogus mail on Boilers?
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I received this e mail today and i have an Oil Boiler in my home, so I was concerned about it. …Continue

Tags: coal, biomass, oil, boilers, epa

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Jan 5.

Basements and BAS
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I frequently find that if I include basement area and volume in a BPI calculation for Building Airflow Standard then relatively high flow rates will be considered too tight.  As I have gone through…Continue

Tags: Too, Tight, Standard, Airflow, Building

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Dundon Apr 11, 2013.

 

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Pat Dundon replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"I have heard Germany has more Solar PV and Solar Thermal installs than the US. I didn't know why that was relevant until I decided to go there next month. Shortly after planning the trip I found out the latitude of Berlin Germany is 52 degrees…"
Friday
Pat Dundon replied to Richard Beyer's discussion "The Dangers of Using Spray Foam Insulation"
"OSHA asked SPFA to get it done without them for some reason.  EPA & NIOSH both represent people. it doesn't matter to me if those people are workers or occupants. "
Dec 11
Leslie McDowell, BPI replied to Pat Dundon's discussion Take the truckload of chocolate away from the 5 year olds.
"This is a great way of saying it! Well done. You know the vast majority of us here on HEP agree with you - we're the choir. Your headline is such a great attention getter, a hook. I recommend you send it to your local and not-so-local…"
Dec 11
Pat Dundon replied to Richard Beyer's discussion "The Dangers of Using Spray Foam Insulation"
"There are things in here I do not think are true.  I have used spray foam consistently since 1993 and have not had anyone become sensitized on first exposure as indicated here.  In the past 3 years EPA, not OSHA, in…"
Dec 11
Pat Dundon replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"There are other considerations that can trump this discussion, at least this is true in NY.  The money stream funding the home performance programs comes from utility companies, mostly electric companies.  Their inspiration is reducing…"
Dec 10
tedkidd replied to Pat Dundon's discussion Take the truckload of chocolate away from the 5 year olds.
"yep"
Dec 9
Pat Dundon replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
Dec 6
Pat Dundon replied to Bud Poll's discussion Cellulose As An Air Seal
"Ed, we do a lot with older farmhouses and more with 80+ year old general houses. In houses that old, the crack the intruders used has been well known for generations of their type and the trash they leave is significant. One church had 8" of…"
Dec 6
Pat Dundon replied to billy g pinnick jr's discussion Blower Door Question
"Air is a gas.  Air is compressible.  It is not a liquid.  When you 'airseal' you fill holes.  Those holes have different shapes and sizes,(3 dimensionally by the way) which means different laminar flows. …"
Dec 6
Pat Dundon posted a discussion

Take the truckload of chocolate away from the 5 year olds.

Does anyone else feel the present precipitous drop in energy costs in these United States is a catastrophe? Does anyone else feel the US Gov is once again missing the opportunity of a lifetime to fix at least 2 problems with one move? Does anyone else feel that with energy prices dropping, more consumers, corporate and private, will gorge on energy again? How do we prevent that?  How do we reduce the deficit?  How do we keep the public thinking about conservation in a time of gluttony? I think…See More
Dec 6
Pat Dundon replied to Bud Poll's discussion Cellulose As An Air Seal
"I see a lot of fiberglass batts that were installed poorly in many ways.  The most common leave the fiberglass suspended some distance from the sheetrock.  Nailers, furring, the everyday bypasses we all see, wires, pipes, catwalks,…"
Dec 6
tedkidd replied to Pat Dundon's discussion The end of Innovation and beginning of Commoditization of Home Performance
"BPI provides about half of what they need to provide to be a real value to the consumer or contractor.   They don't track results.   They don't measure quality.   They don't rank contractors.   They don't…"
Feb 20
Kent Mitchell replied to Pat Dundon's discussion The end of Innovation and beginning of Commoditization of Home Performance
"We've steered clear (so far)  of BPI as we saw it as bureaucratic - we didn't see it as the commodity base that you mention - but we do now!  Good points Pat.  Modeling has a place in this business but affordability and…"
Feb 20
tedkidd replied to Pat Dundon's discussion The end of Innovation and beginning of Commoditization of Home Performance
"I agree with you Pat, BPI is making some serious errors.  My angle is a little different.  I see it as "Piling On" or "Scope Creep."  I see BA as the 101, and they are turning it into masters level.  If…"
Feb 17
Bud Poll replied to Pat Dundon's discussion The end of Innovation and beginning of Commoditization of Home Performance
"Hi Pat, A good friend (business owner) once told me to avoid anything hot, as in a really good opportunity.  I failed to follow his advice when I decided to retire into the energy performance business and I have learned he was right, but I do…"
Feb 17
Pat Dundon posted a discussion

The end of Innovation and beginning of Commoditization of Home Performance

Does anyone else feel that Home Performance is becoming commoditized? The final nail for me is BPI requiring BA candidates to be capble of energy modeling.  Why would you want to do that?  To my knowledge, limited as it may be, there is no good modeling tool yet. Furthermore, the algorithms the engineers and mathematicians use to quantify the results of my labor are based on proven facts from field measurements (I hope), not 'educated guesses'. If that is true, and you are an innovator, to put…See More
Feb 16

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We concentrate mosly on Envelope issues in my business, we have done some solar thermal work and subcontract heat, AC, windows, etc.
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Merry Christmas to all!

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a cool draft was freezing, to wake up the mouse.

The owner called a contractor with knowledge so rare,

In hopes that great comfort soon would be there. 

The children were nestled all snug in their bed,

With nary a cough or a cold in their heads.

And Momma in her Kerchief and I in my cap

Had just settled down for a long winters nap. 

When from my neighbor there a rose such a…

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Posted on December 17, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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At 9:57am on July 12, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Pat,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!


Thanks!
Diane, HEP Moderator

 
 
 

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