Jim Gunshinan
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Should Homeowners with PV Get Paid Retail or Wholesale Prices for their Excess Electricity?
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I've been doing some research, trying to get my arms around the problem of the longterm sustainability of renewable energy in the Unites States. Here's one big challenge as I see it.Many customers…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Nov 23, 2013.

How Do We Make Energy Efficiency Sexy, or at Least Interesting?
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I was reading my local newspaper…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Aug 29, 2013.

HVAC and Home Performance, a Continuing Dialogue

ACCA Standards "Home Evaluation and Performance Improvement" Out for Public Review.The Air Conditioning Contractors of America Educational Institute (ACCA-EI) Standards Task Team (STT) announces an…Continue

Started Aug 12, 2013

Do you use a checklist in your work?
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Checklists—The Professional's Best FriendContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Joe Romero Aug 14, 2013.

 

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A Bit More on Energy Out West 2014

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, and Joseph Lstiburek sat at a…See More
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Jim Gunshinan replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Kaushal, My wife and I are doing something similar to our house in Walnut Creek (1951, 1,200 sf) through the Energy Upgrade California program. I've been writing about it here in Home Energy Pros. Feel free to check it out and let me know if…"
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A Bit More on Energy Out West 2014

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, and Joseph Lstiburek sat at a…See More
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Colin Genge commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal
"Pressurize the house to +25 Pa. Use smoke on the registers to identify leakage to outdoors then use a powered flow hood such as the Flow Finder to measure the loss rate.  If the ducts are inside the house, close the bedroom door, use smoke then…"
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Jim Gunshinan commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal
"George, thanks again for you comments. I'll have to look the next time I am in the attic to see who made the damper system. I'm not sure the damper was every working properly while Michele and I have lived in the home. The return damper…"
Monday
George J. Nesbitt commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal
"So, the cooling ventilation damper should be normally closed (motorized zone damper), and only open when cooling is called for (outdoor temp lower than indoor). Some systems allow for a partial open position for IAQ ventilation (only when the fan is…"
Monday
Richard Wells commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Out West 2014
"I've been on the front line of signing folks up for audits and possible retrofit work since the beginning of SustainableWorks four years ago.  We've signed up about 5,000 homeowners, conducted audits on close to 3,000 homes, and are…"
Monday
Todd Hoener commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Out West 2014
"It was  a great conference, Jim, and I agree with your comments on expectations and cynicism; we want to do good, to make a significant and positive economic difference the peoples lives who are served and at the same time contribute to a…"
Monday
Ed Minch commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Out West 2014
"We have been in the instrumented energy auditing and retrofitting business since 1981 and we have over 50 employees at this point.  It is rare to find someone who has the curiosity to truly come up with something new, but it does happen and it…"
Monday
Allison A. Bailes III commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Out West 2014
"Great article, Jim. I run into cynics, too, and not only are they unrealistic, but they're usually not that fun to be around. And Bruce Manclark is absolutely right. Visual inspections done by someone with lots of testing experience will be a…"
Monday
Jim Gunshinan commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal
"I had a revelation while attending Bruce Manclark's session of duct leak testing at the Energy Out West Conference earlier this week: The damper for the duct that, if working right, will bring in outside air at night in the summer is not…"
Saturday
George J. Nesbitt commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal
"Blower Door; the 2007 test was a depressurization test, and the 2014 a pressurization test, which is almost always higher. The vast majority of "testers" are taught single point -50Pa depressurization. Pressurization requires a different…"
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Energy OutWest 2014

David Hepinstall (right) and his colleague from the Association for Energy Affordability in New York City through their work provide a powerful antidote to cynicism. I was at the Energy OutWest Conference several years ago, but a memory still stands out from that event. I was at lunch with a man who was a weatherization…See More
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Jim Gunshinan's blog post was featured

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 2

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 met with Michele and I at our home…See More
Apr 16
Glen Gallo commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal
"Nate, RE: Duct test On my own home and a rental I have tested more than once over the last many years. I see no major difference. While it is not the exact number it is within a couple of percent. As far off as Jim's home is something does not…"
Apr 15

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A Bit More on Energy Out West 2014

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,…

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Posted on April 24, 2014 at 11:00am

Energy OutWest 2014

David Hepinstall (right) and his colleague from the Association for Energy Affordability in New York City through their work provide a powerful antidote to cynicism. 
I was at the Energy OutWest Conference several years ago, but a memory still…
Continue

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 11:30am — 4 Comments

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal Part 2

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

Posted on April 16, 2014 at 12:00pm

Energy Upgrade California—Up Close and Personal



Our furnace is approaching 25 years old and we have no cooling capabilities, so my wife Michele and I are looking into buying some new equipment before the temperature climbs this summer. I am especially interested in installing a mini-split heat pump, which would allow us to get rid of the ductwork and…

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Posted on April 7, 2014 at 2:00pm — 12 Comments

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Jim. Yes, I still want to friend you and learn more about your work.

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Jim, where/how do you discuss "the interface between science and religion/spirituality?"  I'd like to drop in.
 
 
 

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