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Ron Jones replied to Jose Macho's discussion Why Are Energy-Saving Home Inprovements Down??
"Just because we can build a better mouse trap doesn't mean people will beat a path to our websites. This stuff can be complicated, and people don't want complicated, they want easy. And shiny. And free (before the rebate). We're…"
May 16, 2013
Ron Jones replied to Ed Voytovich's discussion "Darn it, honey! The squirrel's over-done again." in the group Hall of Shame
"You have raised the bar for WTF? The real question for building scientists is, did he/she die of CO poisoning, or heat exhaustion?"
Mar 14, 2013
Ron Jones replied to Pat Dundon's discussion Q: Hey Boss, we got 2 waterheaters and one chimney what do we do? A; Vent them together. in the group Hall of Shame
"There is just no end to this stuff."
Mar 14, 2013
Ron Jones commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Home Energy and the Fracking Dividend
"This is yet another example of why we're doomed as an industry if we continue to focus only on the benefits of reducing energy consumption through our work. It's rare for any of us in any part of the country to be able to make a convincing…"
Mar 7, 2013
Ron Jones replied to Mike Kandel's discussion BPI Launches Building Science Principles Certificate for Home Performance and Energy Upgrade Industry in the group Building Performance Institute (BPI)
"Yet another revenue stream for BPI."
Jan 7, 2013
Ron Jones commented on Glen Gallo's blog post Home Performance Contractor Dreams
"And of course, the drain clog analyst would bore the customer for an hour with the building science behind why shit rolls downhill. This posting hits so close to home for me as I analyze why this beautifully logical approach to building a better…"
Dec 18, 2012
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Ron Jones replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Doggy Doors...What to do?
"I recently had a similar situation, only the doggy door was big enough for an adolescent to crawl through. When I told my client she should consider replacing the door, she waxed nostalgic about the happy times when her dog and children would chase…"
Nov 15, 2012
Ron Jones replied to Mike Kandel's discussion Pilot Period for Energy Auditor and QC Inspector Exams Closing in the group Building Performance Institute (BPI)
"What is the purpose of these new certifications and why would I spend yet more money on obtaining yet another one? How do they improve my skill set, help me to better fix houses, and improve my bottom line?"
Oct 26, 2012
Robert Riversong commented on Ron Jones's blog post Why Test?
"I'm not an energy auditor, but a designer/builder of super-efficient homes and a renovator, and I've performed a variety of house inspections. What Ron is describing is the high level of diagnostic capability of someone with sufficient…"
Oct 25, 2012
Scott Kunkel commented on Ron Jones's blog post Why Test?
"Sean, I'm all for having a client put out the $700 -$1200 for an audit after a walk through justifies the action & I encourage this practice/ do it myself.  On the other hand, if during a walk through we see all the usual situations…"
Oct 24, 2012
Sean Lintow Sr commented on Ron Jones's blog post Why Test?
"To bad we can't reply directly to comments - Ron no you didn't lead me to believe, it was just a heads up about the practice as it seems both you, me & quite a few others are either in or been through the same program or a…"
Oct 24, 2012
Ron Jones commented on Ron Jones's blog post Why Test?
"Sean, sorry if I lead you to believe I made my mind up too early and missed potential opportunities. The point is simply that creating a scope of work is a process, and not reliant on the information gathered through the audit. As far as missing…"
Oct 24, 2012
Scott Kunkel commented on Ron Jones's blog post Why Test?
"The way I see it... it all comes down to the client's situation and what you see in the home during a visual inspection, along with any data you gain via conversation with HO.  With the Upgrade CA rebate program building awareness…"
Oct 23, 2012
Sean Lintow Sr commented on Ron Jones's blog post Why Test?
"You make some good points & someone with enough experience can mostly get away with doing it that way. In many ways it depends on what the customers goals or problems are. In plenty of cases I have flat out told them they don't…"
Oct 23, 2012
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Why Test?

I've been wondering lately why we're so hell bent on testing houses. After all, we're a bunch of smart building scientist type guys and gals, right? We may not be Joe Lstiburek's (for which our families and fiends, unbeknownst to them, are mighty grateful), but we have a working knowledge of air and moisture movement, thermal and pressure boundaries, various Deltas (T, P, and the rest), and all that other stuff BPI made us learn. We don't assess houses one day in Tallahassee, the next in…See More
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Why Test?

I've been wondering lately why we're so hell bent on testing houses. After all, we're a bunch of smart building scientist type guys and gals, right? We may not be Joe Lstiburek's (for which our families and fiends, unbeknownst to them, are mighty grateful), but we have a working knowledge of air and moisture movement, thermal and pressure boundaries, various Deltas (T, P, and the rest), and all that other stuff BPI made us learn. We don't assess houses one day in Tallahassee, the next in…

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At 6:24am on March 23, 2011, John Poole said…
Thanks for joining the Historic Home group, Ron. Hope you find it interesting!
At 5:21pm on December 9, 2010, Troy Spindler said…

What an ugly picture!

Hey,  I'm still struggling with my crawl space stemwall efflorescence.  Did you take the guy, Rich Cowperthwaite's  PG&E crawl space class? His suggestions to me:  French Drain, Structural Engineer, Reduce Landscape Irrig. & replace turf with native plants,  Get rid of old crawl FAU & replace/w sealed combustion unit, Seal all crawl space vents & weather strip access -All good but I was hoping for something cheaper.

Suggestions?

See you Tue. 12/14

At 2:02pm on December 4, 2010, Diane Chojnowski said…
Hi Ron, 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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