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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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150 Years to 10

Houses should last a very long time.  The Knap of Howar was built approximately fifty-five hundred years ago.  Pueblos in New Mexico were built over a thousand years ago.  Saltford Manor House, in Somerset, England was built sometime in the twelfth century and is still occupied!  These houses are built of extremely durable materials like stone or adobe.  But even the wooden houses built in the…See More
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What does it take to be a certified Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector (HEP QCI)?

A quality control program requires knowing a lot about a lot of different subjects.  A HEP (BPI Home Energy Professional) Quality Control Inspector is qualified to compare a project outcome to the project requirements or work scope so that the final result is satisfactory to both the program and the homeowner.  It requires both technical knowledge as well as “soft skills” which are difficult to…See More
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Paul Raymer posted a blog post

150 Years to 10

Houses should last a very long time.  The Knap of Howar was built approximately fifty-five hundred years ago.  Pueblos in New Mexico were built over a thousand years ago.  Saltford Manor House, in Somerset, England was built sometime in the twelfth century and is still occupied!  These houses are built of extremely durable materials like stone or adobe.  But even the wooden houses built in the…See More
Apr 6
Glen Gallo commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Rocket Science?
"Good article Paul It is strange as I had a conversation with my nephew recently. He graduated as an Astro Physics Engineer. He said one of the coolest thing was learning physics and how it worked here on earth and then using  that information…"
Apr 6
Tom Conlon commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Rocket Science?
"There's an old adage we live by around here: Any 'rocket scientist' is welcome to prove it wrong."
Apr 6
Eric Kjelshus commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Rocket Science?
"Rule 1 make the building safe, clean, no damage to self or others Rule 2 make the building less complicated - most are build in a plowed field last year. Rule 3 Make the building usable and cost effective what are the rest of the rules? "
Mar 14
Rich Manning commented on Paul Raymer's blog post Rocket Science?
"Very well said Paul, Creating and/or refining standards and practices are no easy task, and many times we don't see the forest, just the trees, and sometimes try to reinvent the wheel. Its like back in the early 80's when we first started…"
Mar 14
Paul Raymer's blog post was featured

Rocket Science?

The old expression when something is supposed to be simple is to say that, “This is not rocket science!” as though rocket science was the most complicated thing we can think of.  I will admit that some of the things rocket scientists have done are pretty amazing.  I don’t have a clue how you land a probe on an asteroid moving at thousands of miles an hour somewhere out there in space.  Or manipulate a vehicle on the surface of a planet and send back, “Wish you were here!” snapshots - in color. …See More
Mar 9
Paul Raymer posted a blog post

Rocket Science?

The old expression when something is supposed to be simple is to say that, “This is not rocket science!” as though rocket science was the most complicated thing we can think of.  I will admit that some of the things rocket scientists have done are pretty amazing.  I don’t have a clue how you land a probe on an asteroid moving at thousands of miles an hour somewhere out there in space.  Or manipulate a vehicle on the surface of a planet and send back, “Wish you were here!” snapshots - in color. …See More
Mar 6
Paul Raymer's discussion was featured

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

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What does it take to be a certified Home Energy Professional Quality Control Inspector (HEP QCI)?

A quality control program requires knowing a lot about a lot of different subjects.  A HEP (BPI Home Energy Professional) Quality Control Inspector is qualified to compare a project outcome to the project requirements or work scope so that the final result is satisfactory to both the program and the homeowner.  It requires both technical knowledge as well as “soft skills” which are…

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Posted on April 14, 2015 at 4:03am

150 Years to 10

Houses should last a very long time.  The Knap of Howar was built approximately fifty-five hundred years ago.  Pueblos in New Mexico were built over a thousand years ago.  Saltford Manor House, in Somerset, England was built sometime in the twelfth century and is still occupied!  These houses are built of extremely durable materials like stone or adobe.  But even the wooden houses…

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Posted on April 6, 2015 at 4:26am

Rocket Science?

The old expression when something is supposed to be simple is to say that, “This is not rocket science!” as though rocket science was the most complicated thing we can think of.  I will admit that some of the things rocket scientists have done are pretty amazing.  I don’t have a clue how you land a probe on an asteroid moving at thousands of miles an hour somewhere out there in space.  Or manipulate a vehicle on the surface of a planet and send back, “Wish you were here!” snapshots - in…

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Posted on March 6, 2015 at 4:00am — 4 Comments

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