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Added by Kim Tanner on January 5, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Common acronyms and definitions

The building science and home performance industry is full of confusing acronyms. These acronyms are used a lot in articles, blog posts. social media posts, webinars, conference sessions, etc. To help you, we have compiled a list of some of the more popular acronyms you’re likely to hear or read.

ABAA – Air Barrier Association of America

The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) was incorporated in Massachusetts in 2001 and consists of…

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Added by Kim Tanner on September 14, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Four factors you need to know about measurement and calibration

On August 27, The Energy Conservatory (TEC) participated in a webinar called “Meeting the RESNET Equipment Calibration Requirements. Learn from the Experts,” hosted by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET).



While preparing for this webinar, we started thinking about the most important issues related to measurement and calibration. To ensure our gauge users are getting the most accurate readings, we have listed four factors every building tester should know about…
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Added by Kim Tanner on September 8, 2015 at 7:30am — No Comments

2015 IECC Updates Help Homebuyers Make Informed Purchases

The International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) constantly evolves to meet current energy efficiency needs. Over the years new requirements have been added to the IECC to make it stricter and increase overall energy efficiency of buildings. Some states are resistant to these changes, and some choose not to adopt an IECC at all. In fact, of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 10 either haven’t adopted an IECC, or are operating under a code older than the 2006 IECC, according to the…

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Added by Kim Tanner on August 27, 2015 at 7:47am — No Comments

TEC is hiring!

The Energy Conservatory (TEC) has an immediate opening for a full-time Customer Service/Technical Support Representative.  Located in Minneapolis, MN, TEC designs and manufactures high quality performance testing tools  that are used to make buildings more efficient, healthy and durable.  TEC products and software are used extensively in the weatherization, HVAC, and home building industries to diagnose building performance problems and to certify in-field system…

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Added by Kim Tanner on June 26, 2015 at 8:19am — No Comments

I survived my first ACI

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…

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Added by Kim Tanner on May 9, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

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