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The end of Innovation and beginning of Commoditization of Home Performance
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Does anyone else feel that Home Performance is becoming commoditized? The final nail for me is BPI requiring BA candidates to be capble of energy modeling.  Why would you want to do that?  To my…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by tedkidd Feb 20.

bogus mail on Boilers?
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I received this e mail today and i have an Oil Boiler in my home, so I was concerned about it. …Continue

Tags: coal, biomass, oil, boilers, epa

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Jan 5.

Basements and BAS
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I frequently find that if I include basement area and volume in a BPI calculation for Building Airflow Standard then relatively high flow rates will be considered too tight.  As I have gone through…Continue

Tags: Too, Tight, Standard, Airflow, Building

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Dundon Apr 11, 2013.

thinking in 3 dimensions
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I had a Eureka moment about 10 years ago.Folks like us who look at buildings tend to simplify them and miss too much.  Not only are buildings 3 dimensional, the various components of the buildings…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Dundon Nov 13, 2012.

 

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tedkidd replied to Pat Dundon's discussion The end of Innovation and beginning of Commoditization of Home Performance
"BPI provides about half of what they need to provide to be a real value to the consumer or contractor.   They don't track results.   They don't measure quality.   They don't rank contractors.   They don't…"
Feb 20
Kent Mitchell replied to Pat Dundon's discussion The end of Innovation and beginning of Commoditization of Home Performance
"We've steered clear (so far)  of BPI as we saw it as bureaucratic - we didn't see it as the commodity base that you mention - but we do now!  Good points Pat.  Modeling has a place in this business but affordability and…"
Feb 20
tedkidd replied to Pat Dundon's discussion The end of Innovation and beginning of Commoditization of Home Performance
"I agree with you Pat, BPI is making some serious errors.  My angle is a little different.  I see it as "Piling On" or "Scope Creep."  I see BA as the 101, and they are turning it into masters level.  If…"
Feb 17
Bud Poll replied to Pat Dundon's discussion The end of Innovation and beginning of Commoditization of Home Performance
"Hi Pat, A good friend (business owner) once told me to avoid anything hot, as in a really good opportunity.  I failed to follow his advice when I decided to retire into the energy performance business and I have learned he was right, but I do…"
Feb 17
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The end of Innovation and beginning of Commoditization of Home Performance

Does anyone else feel that Home Performance is becoming commoditized? The final nail for me is BPI requiring BA candidates to be capble of energy modeling.  Why would you want to do that?  To my knowledge, limited as it may be, there is no good modeling tool yet. Furthermore, the algorithms the engineers and mathematicians use to quantify the results of my labor are based on proven facts from field measurements (I hope), not 'educated guesses'. If that is true, and you are an innovator, to put…See More
Feb 16
Dennis Heidner replied to Pat Dundon's discussion bogus mail on Boilers?
"That would be a pretty large house to use 1.6 million BTU/hour.  Or a very large hot tub! As for webex / conferences on the compliance... EPA generally offers free classes that you can sign up for that cover such areas.  No need for the…"
Jan 5
Pat Dundon posted a discussion

bogus mail on Boilers?

I received this e mail today and i have an Oil Boiler in my home, so I was concerned about it. New%20EPA%20Small%20Boiler%20Mandate%20%20Jan%20%E2%80%9914%20Filing%20Deadline%20%20Industry%20Briefing.msgi researched it at EPA, and found this page…See More
Jan 2
Pat Dundon replied to Mike Rogers's discussion How accurate do you think some of the program and policy energy improvement pricing suggestions are?
"8 years ago no one thought my prices were too high. Today even I think they are too high. Why? Because in order for me to participate in home performance in NY I need to work with NYSERDA programs. Now I have 2 full time office people, a part time…"
Dec 30, 2013
Eric Kjelshus commented on Pat Dundon's blog post Merry Christmas to all!
"This was fun   I have seen other versions but still very fun"
Dec 23, 2013
Jim Gunshinan commented on Pat Dundon's blog post Merry Christmas to all!
"Bravo Pat!"
Dec 23, 2013
Pat Dundon's blog post was featured

Merry Christmas to all!

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the houseNot a cool draft was freezing, to wake up the mouse.The owner called a contractor with knowledge so rare,In hopes that great comfort soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their bed,With nary a cough or a cold in their heads.And Momma in her Kerchief and I in my capHad just settled down for a long winters nap. When from my neighbor there a rose such a clatterI sprang from my bed to see what was the matter. Away to…See More
Dec 23, 2013
Pat Dundon replied to John Harper's discussion Insulating in-wall/in-ceiling speakers
"good point on the dancing.  my only concern is that folks dont get the impression there are fire safe foam's out there.  if you ignite an piece of FS 25 foam and take the flame source away, the foam will self extinguish.  But,…"
Aug 9, 2013
Pat Dundon replied to John Harper's discussion Insulating in-wall/in-ceiling speakers
"UL1715 is a room fire test.  I don't know how applicable it is to sealing penetrations in otherwise fire resistant assemblies.  failure is indicated by fire escaping the room by penetrating walls or ceiling, or through the doorway in…"
Aug 8, 2013
Pat Dundon replied to John Harper's discussion Insulating in-wall/in-ceiling speakers
"I understand the reasoning of sealing the leaks, but I am not sure the products have any performance advantage. Everyone looks for marketing advantages. Some cold application (DIY) foams are FS75 materials, so if that manufacturer sells a FS25…"
Aug 8, 2013
Pat Dundon replied to John Harper's discussion Insulating in-wall/in-ceiling speakers
"Can you give me a link for the fire resistant and intumescent products you are referring to? Do you know what specifications or tests they have passed? Most foam used as wall foam in houses today is flame spread 25, smoke less than 450. A few are…"
Aug 8, 2013
Pat Dundon replied to John Harper's discussion Insulating in-wall/in-ceiling speakers
"We use plural component foam (2 part foam), not the foam from an aerosol can (single component foam) so the foam sets up fairly quickly and it binds to the TenMat covers very well. I could set a cover over a speaker on a vertical surface and spray…"
Aug 5, 2013

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We concentrate mosly on Envelope issues in my business, we have done some solar thermal work and subcontract heat, AC, windows, etc.
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Merry Christmas to all!

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a cool draft was freezing, to wake up the mouse.

The owner called a contractor with knowledge so rare,

In hopes that great comfort soon would be there. 

The children were nestled all snug in their bed,

With nary a cough or a cold in their heads.

And Momma in her Kerchief and I in my cap

Had just settled down for a long winters nap. 

When from my neighbor there a rose such a…

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Posted on December 17, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

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At 9:57am on July 12, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Pat,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos and upcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!


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Diane, HEP Moderator

 
 
 

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