The most recognizable and commonly used mini-split system is the wall-mounted ductless system. They’re seen all over the world and are starting to become noticed and used here in North America, particularly in homes with small heating and…Continue
An acronym for what is synonymous with all that is bad with the American Pastime, Performance Enhancing Drugs (PED's) have been proven to inflate a ballplayer's performance. Most important in contract years, a player's performance is measured in specific statistics. So, what if there was a pill, or cream, that an HVAC Technician or Salesperson could take to inflate their numbers. Make them perform at the top of their field and get them the highest pay in the industry? Would you take it?…Continue
Want to know why air travel is still, by far, the safest way to go? Do you want to know how hospitals around the world can cut the risk of post-surgical complications and death by more than half? Do you wonder why the greatest triumphs of engineering, buildings and infrastructure, are beautiful, as well as safe and functional? The answer is checklists. I was inspired by this simple and powerful tool after reading The Checklist…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on July 24, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Due to the need for additional responses, the Multifamily Housing Job Task Analyses Validation Study is being extended until Friday, July 26 at 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). In particular, we are seeking responses from Multifamily Building Operators, Multifamily Quality Control Inspectors, and…
Added by Steve Lommele on July 22, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
There's a new development going up in Allston, a neighborhood to the west of downtown Boston. It's not just any development though, it's called the Allston Green District, and its being built by the Mount Vernon Company of Boston. The development is comprised of 500 units designed to have a very low environmental impact, from sustainable building materials to the “green lease” that tenants sign before they move in. These apartments were in a desirable location to begin with, but with the…Continue
All of us have elderly relatives or friends, but have you ever considered their energy consumption patterns? On the surface, those patterns may look little different from your own, but in fact the aging population brings new needs across the whole spectrum of health, transportation, recreation, housing, and safety. And since the over-65 cohort is a growing…Continue
Back in the ‘80s, the Center for Neighborhood Technology and others helped the City of Chicago pass a residential utility disclosure ordinance that required the disclosure of heating bills when residential properties are sold or leased in the city. Why? Heating expenses constitute a significant home expense, and it’s important for consumers and Realtors to have access to this information.
Until now, complying with the ordinance could take up to two weeks: a Realtor submitted an…Continue
Energy efficiency can be a tough sell. Providing detailed information about financial savings and environmental benefits doesn’t always motivate conservation. So when rational arguments don’t work, how can we influence energy behavior? Perhaps by creating an emotional response with inclusive and engaging public art installations, such as the upcoming Northeast Green Light Project.…
I remember not all too long ago, yes I am still on what I hope to be the first half of my life, that Central Air-Conditioning was a luxury. Like the radio, then the television; next the telephone, and now the cell phone, Air-conditioning has become a necessity. What was before Air-Conditioning? What did the weather people (yes, politically correct here on Excess Air) say to the elderly before they would recommend "staying inside, out of the heat"?
I remember what I used to do…
I live in New England, New Hampshire, to be specific, and I just don't get the lack of seriousness about weatherization and credentials here. I'm BPI Certified Building Analyst and Envelope Specialist, have taken the Resnet Energy Smart Contractor test, have OSHA 10, lead certified renovator, the list goes on and on. Means nothing here. Area contractors insulate to be just good enough and nothing more. I can't tell you how many times that I have gone to a new construction job and have been…Continue