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BPI QCI HEP Certification

The Weatherization Assistance Program's (WAP) comprehensive Quality Work Plan requires that quality control assessments be signed off by a QCI professional as of January 1, 2015.  Looking through…Continue

Started Jan 2

Looking for a cure for a warping hardwood floor not caused by a leak
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I have a client who is has a lovely house built in 2010 that has oak hardwood floors throughout. There are apparently no other moisture issues besides the hardwood flooring. This problem is on the…Continue

Tags: warped floor, humidity

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Minch Apr 18, 2013.

NEASI
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Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about NEASI, the National Energy and Sustainability Institute in Colorado Springs?  They are certifying commercial energy auditors that have taken a…Continue

Tags: Institute, Sustainability, and, Energy, National

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Eggleton Sep 28, 2011.

T-stats without fan-only control

When the air handler is only used for heating, they often don't have a fan-only control.  That's a problem for setting up the house in worst case conditions for combustion safety because the leaks in…Continue

Started Apr 17, 2011

 

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Michael Dunseith commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
""There ought to be a way for QCI inspectors to ding the contractor or the builder." When did a measurement and verification subcontractor become a quality control inspector or the code police? QCI is for programs, like WAP or state and…"
Friday
Stan Kuhn commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"I'll chime in about the insulator/air sealer that tests their own work & passes with flying colors, but when I test the house it fails miserably.  The HVAC contractor who passes just fine except when they go to a municipality where…"
Friday
Jesse Erbel commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"I think that we must have quality control built into code verification. Even a mandatory 1% would help keep the other 99% a little more honest.   I recently had an HVAC contractor that I have worked with share a document with me from a…"
Apr 30
Mario Pataquiva commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"So real. And customers always pay, and entire system will pay with them. "
Apr 30
Jim Gunshinan commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"Hi Paul. Thanks so much for your honesty about what you found in the field. For those of us who do our home performance work from a desk, this is a great reality check. It also confirms some of my worst fears. Practically speaking, we do have to…"
Apr 30
Nate Adams commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"A structural problem in the industry underlies this: the builder doesn't give a darn about homeowner energy bills or comfort. If he spends more on fixing those, he won't get paid. It's a split incentive - the responsibility is on the…"
Apr 30
Kent Browning commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"Welcome to my world.  I have been there and done that MANY times.  The worst ones are when the City steps in and agrees to let it pass regardless of the test results.  The way I justify it to myself is that if there is no clear life…"
Apr 30
Kent Browning commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"I forgot to mention - When I see what was in the pictures above - I take the building or HVAC guy by the ear and point to that spot.  I tell them "There is a HUGE leak.  If you seal that spot it might just pass the test.""
Apr 30
Paul Raymer commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"One other thing about this project: the homeowner, who is waiting to move in, is dying of cancer.  Waiting for the CO is delaying him settling in and spending his limited time in his new house.  For him, the time horizon is so short that…"
Apr 29
Pat Dundon commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"Paul, I have asked a few times on this site if a basement is or is not to be included when we calculate the required ventilation for a house under 62.2 and I have been told here by 'experts' that I should always include the basement in…"
Apr 29
Joe Medosch commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"Excellent post Paul. Been there!  I do not see any gray areas here. If you performed the test and the results were 5.3 ACH50 and you passed - that is a gray area. Gross negligence is black and white.  I encourage you let the owners know of…"
Apr 29
William H Nickerson commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"Great blog Paul...Makes me think ,what would happen if we retested all those E-star homes that were certified over the years. Naa their fine..."
Apr 29
Larry Zarker commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"There is so much to learn from this situation.  Thanks for writing it, Paul.  What good are advanced energy codes if upstream code officials, builders, contractors,and manufacturers do not commit to learning about best practices getting…"
Apr 28
Corbett Lunsford commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"I feel you, Paul. I like to let my builders know that the truth will come out now, or at the ten-month mark when the homeowner calls me to find out what they should go after the builder on before the warranty runs out. I'd rather work for the…"
Apr 28
Al Heath commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"No shades of gray I can see. Performance and long-term durability are serious issues. Man up an call a spade a spade.  Retest and let the numbers do the talking or at the very least let the customer know.  Shoddy is as shoddy does and the…"
Apr 28
Ed Minch commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality
"Paul What you have written about is a common occurrence, and we have lost some jobs because we won't lie on the certifications.  Who are the BPI and HERS people who are letting some of this stuff pass?  Could they be the ones that…"
Apr 28

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Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality

I was called in to perform a last minute duct test for a modular home builder.  He was all in a dither to have a duct test and a blower door test done on a Friday so that he could get his Certificate of Occupancy (CO) so the homeowner could move in the following Monday.  He said that he’d just found out that he needed these tests.  The building inspector asked for them at the last minute!

I was glad to do it partially because it’s good to have builders aware of what is going on…

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Posted on April 27, 2015 at 5:24am — 17 Comments

Which version of CAZ testing is used for BPI/QCI testing?

Combustion Safety Testing is one of the most important components of the HEP QCI exam.  Because it is linked to the safety of the occupants, it has been a fundamental element of BPI exams since the inception of the organization.  As we make homes tighter and more energy efficient, we cut back on the…

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Posted on April 20, 2015 at 4:13am

What does it take to be a certified Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector (HEP QCI)?

A quality control program requires knowing a lot about a lot of different subjects.  A HEP (BPI Home Energy Professional) Quality Control Inspector is qualified to compare a project outcome to the project requirements or work scope so that the final result is satisfactory to both the program and the homeowner.  It requires both technical knowledge as well as “soft skills” which are…

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Posted on April 14, 2015 at 4:03am

150 Years to 10

Houses should last a very long time.  The Knap of Howar was built approximately fifty-five hundred years ago.  Pueblos in New Mexico were built over a thousand years ago.  Saltford Manor House, in Somerset, England was built sometime in the twelfth century and is still occupied!  These houses are built of extremely durable materials like stone or adobe.  But even the wooden houses…

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Posted on April 6, 2015 at 4:26am

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