I remember a rash of nuisance service calls rolling in on weekends like this, the snowfall being the key part. It is amazing how well prepared a Heat Pump is for cold weather, with safeties, defrost controls, and supplemental heat (in most). Unfortunately, they do not come with windshield wipers to keep the condensers clear of snow, and snow will decrease the airflow across the condenser to a breaking…Continue
Hello friends - I wanted to take a moment to let you know about a tool you’ve probably heard about from me or our colleagues– the Building America Solution Center. it's now live and can be accessed here: …Continue
Added by Stacy Hunt on February 7, 2013 at 1:19pm — No Comments
ACI launched a new initiative in February of 2012 to address challenges, remove barriers, and promote opportunities for women in the traditionally male-dominated home performance and weatherization industry. It is called Women in Home Performance, and it presents a forum for business development, education, mentoring, and networking through webinars, ACI events, a LinkedIn discussion group, and online trainings. Both men…Continue
Last December, Building Science Corporation (BSC) Principal Dr. Joe Lstiburek presented a full day webinar session on spray foam concerns and solutions, using information based on field experience and laboratory research. The webcast featured reports on BSC…Continue
Added by Anna Jursik on February 4, 2013 at 12:34pm — No Comments
We keep running into these.
Natural Draft Orphaned Hot Water Heaters that will not pass Draft.
Any thoughts on economical solutions?
These are typically in a pre-Weatherized house.
I attended a meeting yesterday in Wash. DC sponsored by DOE and titled, Transaction Process Summit, - intended as a first attempt to develop a strategic road map to help the residential transaction process recognize the value of high performance homes. Sam Rashkin of DOE led the lively discussion on the issues that surround the residential high performance home transactions. Champions in the room included representatives from government agencies, MLS, NAR, NAHB, Mortgage…Continue
Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/
From Sep 2010 to Apr 2011, CEE’s residential program staff had the…Continue
I've been going to the RESNET conference at the beginning of each year since 2009. I also went in 2004, and I can tell you that it's a great learning and networking opportunity if you're in the home energy industry. Are you on the fence about coming to the RESNET conference this year? Are you not on the fence but just haven't registered yet? Even if neither of those apply, see…Continue
Added by Allison A. Bailes III on January 25, 2013 at 12:22pm — No Comments
The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC 2009 and 2012) requires HVAC ducts to be tested to prove a minimum leakage. While many states and localities will adopt this code outright, it is likely that many will also amend it to allow inspection and sealing alternatives. Many HVAC contractors are bound to breathe a sigh of relief at not having to face potential failure and the subsequent looking for the 'leak in the trunk line' that will eat up their profit margins by the…Continue
When people consider high performance homes the term “label” gets used most broadly – in both a positive or negative context. In general, when people talk about…Continue
For a technician or auditor that works outside of the Oil Heating Industry, seeing a tank leaking in a basement can send you into a moment of shock. Then of course, the dreaded conversation with the Homeowner will cast a cloud. The key is to have a plan, and know what to do. The smallest amount of knowledge in this subject could make you the hero. Simply stating, "Call your Oil Company!" can leave them feeling helpless. Of course, that oil delivery company must know about a leaking…Continue
A building is not sacred. A church or a temple, no matter how old, or big, or beautiful, by itself is not sacred. It’s the attitude of the people and the things that people do in a building that make it sacred or not. I have met many people in the home performance field who quietly go about the work of…Continue
Added by Jim Gunshinan on January 11, 2013 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Reposted from i.e., the Center for Energy and Environment's Innovation Exchange blog -- http://mncee.org/Innovation-Exchange/ie/…Continue
Added by Lester Shen on January 8, 2013 at 8:21am — No Comments
After writing last week's post: "High CO Reading, Now What?" it occurred to me that not as many people out there: technicians, raters, or auditors; are up to speed on the age old firing rate calculation. I hope this simple procedure is easily understood as you may find it useful if you are working with negative pressure gas valves, with Energy Star Homes, or just simply forgot your manometer at the shop. I…Continue
The Appraisal Institute’s An Introduction to Green Homes is yet another valuable tool from the Institute, paving the way for appraisers to handle green home assignments. The book, authored by long-time appraiser, REALTOR, and educator Alan Simmons in 2010 helps appraisers new to this work “know what they don’t know.” The book equips appraisers to identify green building certifications, techniques,…Continue
Added by Home Energy Magazine on January 9, 2013 at 10:11am — No Comments
"Americans can always be counted on to do the right thing...after they have exhausted all other possibilities." Winston Churchill
How much does it cost to perform a deep-energy retrofit at a 100-year-old single-family home? Thanks to a recent study in Utica, New York, we now know the answer: about $100,000.…Continue
We all have stories about losing power in our home for several hours—or days—and many people suspect that power interruptions are becoming more frequent. They may be right; unfortunately, the utility data are so sketchy that nobody can say for certain. But declining investment in maintenance on the part of utilities, plus the increased frequency of extreme weather caused by climate change, are almost certain to keep the blackouts coming.
One response is to buy a home generator. That’s…Continue
From the great region of the country that gave us rock, blues, country, dubstep, and Tejano music origins, not to mention the space program, horns mounted on pickup trucks, and Gilley's (everywhere, now) comes the newest invention and innovation, the …Continue
This seems to be one of the unluckiest weeks to draw in the on-call pool for a technician. You see, over the Winter you have to respond to no-heat calls much faster than a residence without cooling on Memorial or Independence Day. I remember visiting homes many Festivus evenings and getting the old clunker of a boiler running, without the swears from "A Christmas Story". But, even over the last fifteen years, being on-call has changed. If you were not able to barter your way out of…Continue