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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

Tags: #oneknob

Started Nov 6, 2014

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 William Fisher's discussion Can tankless water heaters provide hot water even when the groundwater is fairly cold?
"Navien has a flow valve that ensures you don't outrun the units ability to heat water to your set temperature."
May 7
tedkidd commented on Sean McLoughlin's blog post Programming in-floor electric radiant heat, is it worth it?
"In my experience electric in floor is not used to heat spaces, it heats occupants. Particularly their feet and ankles. This can often turn an unpleasant room into a wonderful room. My parents have a 300 sf sunroom they use all winter. It has no…"
Apr 23
tedkidd commented on Shawna Henderson's blog post Drainwater Heat Recovery Units & Water Efficiency
"Those things are cool Shawna.  Eric, really great thinking! That's likely a fantastic application.  Susan, it could be argued that the whole plumbing stack be insulated. After all, the inside of the stack is outdoors. Check one out…"
Apr 2
tedkidd replied to Tom Strumolo's discussion Ancient (70's) wall foam insulation, now a powder.
"Looking back (20/20 hindsight) the issue looks kind of silly. "Let's tighten the snot out of buildings and walk away - what could go wrong?" I suspect if they'd installed mechanical ventilation/had todays requirements those…"
Apr 2
tedkidd replied to Tom Strumolo's discussion Ancient (70's) wall foam insulation, now a powder.
"Sean's suggestion is to turn the fan around. If the material is friable it won't be pulled into the house. Barring some huge kitchen vent you are likely to get a very similar CFM50 number. "
Apr 2
tedkidd replied to Nate Adams's discussion One Knob and the Pain That Inspired It
"Yep. We are running across expensive moisture problems (leading to both durability and health issues) resulting from high humidity &/or low dew point. The root cause can be attributed to ignorance or disregard of monitoring and maintaining…"
Feb 5
tedkidd commented on Shawna Henderson's blog post Sales funnels are funny shaped things
"Nice Venn Diagram. Product sales vs Consultative Solutions sales. We like the Sandler Selling System. For those interested in a light intro check out his book; "You Can't Teach a Kid to Ride A Bike At a Seminar"."
Jan 29
tedkidd replied to Mike Kandel's discussion BPI Energy Auditors Carry the Banner for Dominion East Ohio's Highly Successful Energy Efficiency Program
"Hmmm. That's disappointing. I'm going to point out how incredibly lame your thinking is, then give you a pass because it's usually better.  You would "blame" people who who live on the verge of poverty for taking jobs…"
Jan 15
tedkidd replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Non-continuous exterior insulation
"You have been asked to do a thing. Are you being held accountable for some type of energy or comfort result? Have they shared their objectives? Are they asking you to build the specifications? What is your role here?  It's not clear that…"
Jan 12
tedkidd replied to Mike Kandel's discussion BPI Energy Auditors Carry the Banner for Dominion East Ohio's Highly Successful Energy Efficiency Program in the group Building Performance Institute (BPI)
"How are we defining success in Home Performance? Audits performed? Incentives paid to consumers for prescriptive measures that fail to deliver?  What ever happened to energy saved? I thought THAT was an important metric, guess it's…"
Jan 12
tedkidd replied to Irvin McLaughlin's discussion Unhappy customer, feels should have saved more...
"You can either fix the weakness, or pretend it doesn't exist. Choose one.  I've found people learn best when you give the unvarnished version. Others learn best from it too, it makes an impression. Unlike majority of HVAC…"
Jan 8
tedkidd replied to Irvin McLaughlin's discussion How do you save customers money/energy?
"Sounds like a good process. Fairly comprehensive, particularly if you are performing that service for free.  Your envelope guy not having a blower door is a pretty glaring hole. I have yet to meet an envelope guy without a blower door that…"
Jan 8
tedkidd replied to Mike Kandel's discussion BPI Energy Auditors Carry the Banner for Dominion East Ohio's Highly Successful Energy Efficiency Program
"How are we defining success in Home Performance? Audits performed? Incentives paid to consumers for prescriptive measures that fail to deliver?  What ever happened to energy saved? I thought THAT was an important metric, guess it's…"
Jan 8
tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"I don't need to see made up math. I used to make some pretty poor conclusions using it, now I know better.  I definitely don't need an absurd and hypothetical example of excluded middle with no expertise behind it as example that gas…"
Jan 3
tedkidd replied to Irvin McLaughlin's discussion Unhappy customer, feels should have saved more...
"...And get expectations defined in advance. This takes work, sometimes a fair amount of work. People often have unreasonable expectations. Everyplace you look there are huge lies being told about Energy Efficiency, so you can't really blame…"
Jan 2
tedkidd replied to Irvin McLaughlin's discussion Unhappy customer, feels should have saved more...
"+1. These people will never be happy. That's who they are. They are parasites. They've developed their parasitic behavior into an art form.  Your failure was in the setup. You set yourself up to fail, and now you are harvesting what…"
Jan 2

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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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At 1:10pm on October 6, 2014, Better Buildings Support said…

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.
At 12:14pm on May 18, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

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