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BPI QCI HEP Certification

The Weatherization Assistance Program's (WAP) comprehensive Quality Work Plan requires that quality control assessments be signed off by a QCI professional as of January 1, 2015.  Looking through…Continue

Started Jan 2

Looking for a cure for a warping hardwood floor not caused by a leak
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I have a client who is has a lovely house built in 2010 that has oak hardwood floors throughout. There are apparently no other moisture issues besides the hardwood flooring. This problem is on the…Continue

Tags: warped floor, humidity

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ed Minch Apr 18, 2013.

NEASI
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Does anyone have any experience or knowledge about NEASI, the National Energy and Sustainability Institute in Colorado Springs?  They are certifying commercial energy auditors that have taken a…Continue

Tags: Institute, Sustainability, and, Energy, National

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Eggleton Sep 28, 2011.

T-stats without fan-only control

When the air handler is only used for heating, they often don't have a fan-only control.  That's a problem for setting up the house in worst case conditions for combustion safety because the leaks in…Continue

Started Apr 17, 2011

 

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BPI QCI HEP Certification

The Weatherization Assistance Program's (WAP) comprehensive Quality Work Plan requires that quality control assessments be signed off by a QCI professional as of January 1, 2015.  Looking through BPI's listings of HEP professionals indicates . . . well the list is out of date, but also that there aren't a lot of you out there.  Does that mean that there isn't a demand for that credential or does it mean something else? This is not a casual credential to achieve, and I have great respect for the…See More
Jan 6
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BPI QCI HEP Certification

The Weatherization Assistance Program's (WAP) comprehensive Quality Work Plan requires that quality control assessments be signed off by a QCI professional as of January 1, 2015.  Looking through BPI's listings of HEP professionals indicates . . . well the list is out of date, but also that there aren't a lot of you out there.  Does that mean that there isn't a demand for that credential or does it mean something else? This is not a casual credential to achieve, and I have great respect for the…See More
Jan 2
Paul Raymer replied to Craig Bird's discussion Supply ventilation via inline fan and return duct
"Couple of things to think about with the ventilation supply to the return approach: The motor in your in-line fan will be effected by the big air handler blower which is likely to reduce its life which is the primary reason why this approach is…"
Jun 5, 2014
Paul Raymer commented on Greg Labbe's blog post No Title
"Heat loss/gain for attached or tuck-under garages is a major problem.  But transfer of bad air is even more important in my mind.  A garage that is part of the house is like parking in the living room.  We put everything in the garage…"
Nov 1, 2013
Paul Raymer replied to Roman's discussion Range Hood Draft
"A duct tester can be used to test a range hood pretty effectively if you can create a box to go under the whole assembly.  The duct tester works as a powered flow hood so the air going through the fan in the hood should equal the air going…"
Oct 18, 2013
Paul Raymer replied to billy g pinnick jr's discussion Implementing ASHRAE 62.2
"All right, so equipment cost for a ventilation system is an issue. I can’t do anything about state budgets or WAP budgets, but let’s agree that providing a mechanical ventilation system is going to cost something. So let’s say your…"
Oct 16, 2013
Paul Raymer replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion BPI Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Professional vs. BPI Heating Professional in the group Building Performance Institute (BPI)
"Knowledge is one thing.  Certifications is another.  You need to know how HVAC systems work - distribution, efficiency, control - all that stuff no matter whether the source is oil or gas or electric or tempered water from the…"
Sep 5, 2013
Ed Minch replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Looking for a cure for a warping hardwood floor not caused by a leak
"One of the local large (3-400 a year) national builders specializes in houses over about 3500 ft2 and on up to about 6500 ft.  They found that if they installed a humidifier on each system as standard (either 2 or 3 systems) their floor…"
Apr 18, 2013
Kari Sauder replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Looking for a cure for a warping hardwood floor not caused by a leak
"How are your gutters and downspouts and extensions functioning? and is the land still banked away from the house properly?  Hundreds of gallons of water come off an average size roof during a say 1" rainfall. Best time to look at this is…"
Apr 16, 2013
Jason Raddenbach replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Looking for a cure for a warping hardwood floor not caused by a leak
"This may be too easy of an answer, but I had a problem similar to this in a rental home I was working on. Turns out the occupant was using a steam mop (Shark) and thought nothing of it since she "used it on all her hard floors." This is…"
Apr 15, 2013
Dennis Heidner replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Looking for a cure for a warping hardwood floor not caused by a leak
"David,  your suggestion is really very good.  Since so many dishwashers are hooked up into the sink,  it's obvious to check only the sink.  But if the dishwasher motor seals are failing,  water will drip out onto the…"
Apr 11, 2013
David Meiland replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Looking for a cure for a warping hardwood floor not caused by a leak
"I think you need a pinless moisture meter. Go over the entire floor and see if there is a damp area concentrated in front of the sink/dishwasher. You might have a small plumbing leak from that's getting under the floor. In the winter,…"
Apr 11, 2013
Curt Kinder replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Looking for a cure for a warping hardwood floor not caused by a leak
"I'm skeptical there is a humidity problem on an upper floor this time of year, but first step would be to gather data. Measure humidity. For $100 or less one can by a USB ported temperature and humidity logger. Does the home have excessive…"
Apr 11, 2013
Andrew F. replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Looking for a cure for a warping hardwood floor not caused by a leak
"Great to see all the responses because I too have a severe warping problem on my kitchen hardwood floor. Floor was installed by previous owner in 2001 - he installed it wrong directly over plywood sub-floor without resin paper…"
Apr 11, 2013
Jim Peck replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Looking for a cure for a warping hardwood floor not caused by a leak
"Let me know if you'd like a second set of eyes "
Apr 6, 2013
Paul Raymer added a discussion to the group Cape Cod Energy Pros
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IECC 2012

Massachusetts is supposed to adopt the 2012 IECC by July or August, 2013.  When that occurs, ceiling insulation will go to 49, basement or crawl space walls will be at 15 continuous or 19 cavity, and blower door testing will be required.  House tightness increases from 7 ACH50 to 3 ACH50.  That is pretty tight.  Post construction duct tightness goes from 12% Total leakage to 4% Total leakage.  The rough in tightness with no air handler goes from 4% to 3%.I just tested a small addition this…See More
Mar 28, 2013

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Heyoka Solutions
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BPI BA, BE, Heat, AC/Heat Pump, HERS Rater
Professional Interests
Residential Energy Efficiency, writing, ventilation
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http://www.HeyokaSolutions.com

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