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EE programs SUCK - but it doesn't have to be this way - #oneknob

The numbers and reports keep coming in, residential EE programs from California to Massachusetts are terrible.Work is often mediocre,…Continue

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Started Nov 6

Rick Gerardi's case for a "Performance Registry"
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In NY, HPwES is in serious risk of collapse.  While short term triage "solutions" seem de rigueur, vision for sustainable long term cures, and understanding that masking the illness only allows it to…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Dundon Sep 14, 2012.

SIR minimums, building a culture, an infrastructure based upon lying...
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SIR minimum requirements create a culture of lying that, if things don't change quickly, will be embedded in the very culture of Home Performance.  We won't have an infrastructure of building…Continue

Tags: design, bad, causes, structural, corruption

Started this discussion. Last reply by phil jeffers Jan 13, 2012.

 

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tedkidd replied to Bob Blanchette's discussion How does Cycles Per Hour affect real world AFUE?
"Want to spot a simpleton? It's a guy who thinks EE and comfort are disconnected.  Want to spot a thief? It's a guy justifying selling a larger furnace.  Cycling losses can be HUGE, because they are hard to measure they are…"
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tedkidd commented on Tom White's blog post Clean Energy Works Oregon: Total Home Performance
"Nice post Tom! I really like how he puts that. Leveraging interests so they can optimize outcomes. Our process puts the homeowner at the top of that list as they are typically investing the most. I see a lot of programs putting homeowners at the…"
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tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"Anecdotal reports on lighting have been either they change them all at once, or they change them as the incandescent fail.  Those who change them all at once tend to report surprise at actually being able to see the savings. Obviously those…"
Dec 12
tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"Great Report! Looks like a lot of Navien's (my personal favorite).  Big percentage savings, not so big money savings. Annual savings $69 a year. "
Dec 11
tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"That's where my thinking was 6 years ago. I thought hot water was a meaningful opportunity for energy savings, and electric water heaters were MUCH more expensive to operate. Then I started looking at bills. Because I was selling audits rather…"
Dec 10
tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"Sigh. Bob, sometimes your critical thinking and math seems simplistic and leans toward dogmatic regurgitation of performance myths. You realize that quite possibly these myths are created and perpetuated by special interests? That you're…"
Dec 9
tedkidd replied to billy g pinnick jr's discussion Blower Door Question
"^^^^^ this.  Also, don't forget location of leaks can be more important than leaks themselves. Start with objective - is it comfort, control, humidity, energy... Seal high and low first. Those are typically the biggest control and energy…"
Dec 9
tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"I'm seeing $200-$300 annual hot water costs. That's what, $25 a month for hot water? Even if tankless cut that in half (which is VERY unlikely) the savings starts getting so small you'd need a magnifying glass to "see" it.…"
Dec 9
tedkidd replied to Pat Dundon's discussion Take the truckload of chocolate away from the 5 year olds.
"yep"
Dec 9
tedkidd replied to Steve Waclo's discussion Underperforming? Energy Efficiency of HVAC Equipment Suffers Due to Poor Installation
"Until quality can be quantified, people will resist paying for it and even if they do pay, they're not likely to get it.  So we have a race to the bottom on price, which further squeezes quality out.  The only way to change this…"
Dec 4
tedkidd replied to Matthew Damon's discussion Upgrading a vented tongue and groove cathedral ceiling in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Very cool! Nice going!!! BTW, how is Sarah Silverman - she's kinda hot..."
Nov 13
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EE programs SUCK - but it doesn't have to be that way - #oneknob

The numbers and reports keep coming in, residential EE programs from California to Massachusetts are terrible.Work is often mediocre, recommendations are half assed and prescriptivesavings are grossly exaggerated.Consumers are getting screwed on both sides of the equation. Programs are wasting huge amounts of public funds and not accomplishing much, and consumers are…See More
Nov 6
tedkidd replied to Barbara Smith's discussion Furnace with ECM: How to Model in the group HVAC
"Barbara, You model the blower motor as an "appliance", then the ECM becomes an "improvement". Put some of the furnace cost to the blower improvement (say $1000). As Bob alluded, there are quite a few "it depends" when…"
Nov 6
tedkidd commented on Diane Chojnowski's group Hall of Shame
"Give this thread a bump - here's my "bad" album and some of the gems:  http://bit.ly/badalbum   "
Oct 30
tedkidd replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Distribution Efficiency and heating safety factor in TREAT in the group TREAT Software
"It is very common to find equipment grossly oversized. I mean 1.5 - 2x Manual J and 2-3x the size the house needs.  It's our experience that TREAT load calc is very close to Manual J - which tends to oversize equipment by 15-40% depending…"
Oct 30
tedkidd replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Basic Heat loss information in the group TREAT Software
"Luis,  Click "selected reports, energy savings and use, design heating and cooling loads" then pick the improved package you want a load for.  It's our experience that TREAT load calc is very close to Manual J - which tends…"
Oct 30

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Crunching the numbers. Beating the savings projections by getting the crews excited about their work.
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TRACKING RESULTS - Making Excellence A Competitive Advantage

Promises of savings without tracking DRIVES ME NUTS.  People are being harmed and we don't have any idea how big the harm is.  Comprehensive Home Performance really takes off once you connect tracking results because now you can offer a thing very rare.  

You can offer TRUTH.  You can offer PROOF that what you say will happen, will happen.  Delivering the "5th 

How do we create pressure for Utilities to open up their data so tracking can be automated?…

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Posted on December 13, 2012 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Great Home Energy Magazine HPwES article.

Great article.  I think Courtney Moriarta may be one of the brilliant original designers of Comprehensive Home Performance:

Home Energy Magazine - Home Performance with Energy Star :: Home Performance with Energy Star - Looking Back to See the Future 

Hopefully the current obsession with "cost effectiveness" will soon be replaced with focus on Comprehensive…

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Posted on November 24, 2012 at 7:00pm

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Welcome to the Better Buildings Residential Network group. We encourage you to share ideas, exchange materials, and connect with others about topics in energy efficiency. You can also register for a Peer Exchange Call or view call summaries.

 

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At 1:01pm on June 14, 2013, Melissa Baldridge said…

Thanks for the friend request, Tedd.  And for the awesome work you do - I feel your passion and care every time you post.

With warm regards,

Melissa

At 8:20am on September 17, 2012, Curt Kinder said…

That's very kind of you to say.

At 1:00pm on September 23, 2011, David Eggleton said…
Welcome to the 1000 Home Challenge group, Ted.  As the project moves out from the pilot phase, much of interest will emerge!  At any time, send me nominations for the Resources section of the group's page.
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