I did it. I survived my first conference in this industry, the 2014 ACI National Home Performance conference in Detroit.
When I joined The Energy Conservatory in June 2013 I was brand new to this industry. Before TEC I didn’t even know this industry existed, let alone what a blower door was. To help me learn all of this building science geekiness I decided to take BPI’s Building Science Principles course and exam. I read the book twice, and then took the exam, which I passed! I…
Added by Kim Tanner on May 9, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments
Detroit, ACI 2014
Chances are you were at the ASHRAE 62.2 debate, if you were at ACI last Thursday morning. While you were venting about exhaust or listening to Dr Joe drop F-bombs there was a quiet revolution taking place in room 330.
The WiFi revolution.
Retrotec and The Energy Conservatory - the two giants of pressure diagnostic tools- collaborated to show us the future. A future…Continue
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Nobody is going to just give you free money for helping their cause, right? Well, when it involves energy, there are ways for you to get some money back!
A little research online these days can go a long way, but many people don't make the time. To them I say, "don't be scared, Google, Bing or Yahoo! won't return results that say, 'no'". You can find anything online today with a little work; rebate and incentives you will find.…Continue
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In addition to saving energy, net-zero technologies offer a plethora of health, safety, and environmental benefits; but achieving zero energy can be prohibitively expensive. In this interview, Lucas Alm and Dan Handeen…Continue
Searching for information regarding What are the most common problems of air conditioners would be something that you could do in order to limit the stress that you are under when faced with an air conditioner that is not performing as you would like it to.
Any person that lives in an area of the country where the weather is typically hot outside knows just how vital it…Continue
It happened again yesterday: a new record (tell me if you know of a tighter house in Ontario if not Canada!) for air tightness was broken in Oakville by Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC) Ed Marion of Passive House Ontario.
And this was just a pre-drywall test, so it can only get better from here.…
Sometimes we forget how complicated a house is. Building scientists know all about a house’s complexity because, even with help from supercomputers, they still can’t reliably simulate many of the processes taking place, let alone model the whole house. Perhaps the biggest challenge is that the darn thing can’t keep still. Cycles with different periods impose their wills on the structure and equipment in not entirely predictable ways. The seasons impose annual cycles for the sun and average…Continue
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As usual, the ACI National Home Performance Conference contained too many highlights to mention in one blog post. So I will share just a few.
Got up early on Tuesday and went with Tom White, Home Energy Publisher, to a rehab house in a neighborhood of…Continue
Most homes in this area have a gas fired natural draft hot water heater. They come complete with a draft diverter. The purpose of the draft diverter is to send the exhaust gasses (containing Carbon Monoxide, Sulphur Dioxide etc) into the home if the chimney or flue doesn't allow them to go up. Left is a picture of a properly installed heater with a draft diverter. Note the space between the tank and the flue. That is the design that allow the noxious gasses to back draft into the…Continue
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H.O. Electric Receives 2014 Best of Belmont Award
Belmont Award Program Honors the Achievement
BELMONT April 23, 2014 -- H.O. Electric has been selected for the 2014 Best of Belmont Award in the Air Conditioning…Continue
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The Appraisal Institute has developed a Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum. The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum is the first residential energy efficiency appraisal report addendum developed by appraisers, for use by appraisers when appropriate. This report evaluates items of high performance housing for consideration by appraisers.
Measuring the Value of Home Energy Efficiency
The Appraisal Institute Green Addendum will serve as a tool for…Continue
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No business can afford to waste money. Each one is held accountable for how it spends financial resources. Enterprise-level companies in particular are under constant pressure to lower total cost of ownership (TCO) of assets and justify investments in the context of Cost, Profitability, Productivity, and Sustainability.
Improved energy efficiency is by far the single largest unleashed opportunity to reduce TCO across the enterprise. For example:
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I'll be flying out to Detroit for the ACI National Home Performance Conference next Monday, but before get to Detroit and that great conference, I thought I'd share one more special moment from Energy Out West.
On Thursday afternoon last week, just after lunch, John Tooley, Anthony Cox,…Continue
Imagine if your furnace let you know when needed a tune-up, or if your home theatre saw you coming and turned itself on. According to Marc Jensen, managing partner and chief technology officer at space150, the Internet of…
Added by Anna Jursik on April 22, 2014 at 7:31am — No Comments
I am in San Diego for the Energy Out West conference (see photo), and I want to write about it, but while it is fresh in my mind I want to fill you in on my latest Energy Upgrade California experience first.
Before getting on a plane for San Diego, Bill Stewart of Stewart Heating and Air…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on April 16, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments
Own or manage a non-residential building over 250,000 square feet in Chicago?
Chicago energy benchmarking begins! We’ve got the basics to help building owners get started.
Professional and public interest groups from around Chicago, including Elevate Energy, have come together to support building owners and managers in energy benchmarking and efficiency improvement opportunities. You have access to:
Added by Melissa Ulbricht on April 10, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments
The Building America Program is hosting a no-cost, webinar-based training on needs and opportunities for large data collection for energy efficiency projects. The webinar will focus on specific Building America projects that are looking to gather and analyze large bodies of data on new and existing homes, and will feature opportunities for industry to collaborate with researchers to gather and analyze valuable data.
Presenters and specific topics for this webinar will…Continue
Added by Stacy Hunt on April 9, 2014 at 11:47am — No Comments
When setting out to build an efficient house, the elephant in the room is air tightness. Industry is resisting mandated air tightness testing if thresholds are introduced meanwhile building codes are ratcheting up efficiency on all fronts except air tightness. Having debunked the myth that “a house needs to breath” its becoming painfully obvious to any building scientist that the lowest hanging fruit on the efficiency tree isn’t geothermal but simply producing a more air tight…Continue
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