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EE programs SUCK - but it doesn't have to be this way - #oneknob

Started Nov 6, 2014 0 Replies

The numbers and reports keep coming in, residential EE programs from California to Massachusetts are terrible.Work is often mediocre,…Continue

Tags: #oneknob

Rick Gerardi's case for a "Performance Registry"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Pat Dundon Sep 14, 2012. 23 Replies

In NY, HPwES is in serious risk of collapse.  While short term triage "solutions" seem de rigueur, vision for sustainable long term cures, and understanding that masking the illness only allows it to…Continue

SIR minimums, building a culture, an infrastructure based upon lying...

Started this discussion. Last reply by phil jeffers Jan 13, 2012. 4 Replies

SIR minimum requirements create a culture of lying that, if things don't change quickly, will be embedded in the very culture of Home Performance.  We won't have an infrastructure of building…Continue

Tags: design, bad, causes, structural, corruption


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tedkidd replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Tom,  "My Dad was a Doctor" and "High levels of radiation at Hiroshima and Nagasaki killed people" are not meaningful rebuttals to the position that data show low levels of radiation appear to be harmless, or that the data…"
Mar 19
tedkidd replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Tom, that's not a link to a study, that's a link to an opinion WITHOUT any detail of supporting evidence.  Your criticize "old" data, then provide links to opinions that appear to reference the same previously discredited…"
Mar 18
tedkidd replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Science has a shelf life, but superstition doesn't?  Facts, once they get grey around the ears, stop being facts?  I didn't think that was how that worked. "
Mar 17
tedkidd replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"So, like all of Caoimhín's stuff that completely sucked me in. It made me think of how Elon Musk describes his critical thinking process as Reasoning from First Principles instead of reasoning by analogy.  Here's an…"
Mar 15
tedkidd replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Probably tilting at windmills, but please don't stop."
Mar 15
tedkidd replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Consensus at one time said the earth was flat. Consensus and fact are not necessarily the same thing, no matter how much you "wish" it.  I grow weary that Cameron is so emotionally and rigidly commited to existing schema's…"
Mar 10
tedkidd replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Or more likely - superstitious and naive enough to follow pied pipers without having the intellectual willingness or capacity to question the "why". "
Mar 2
tedkidd replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
""Unless 20,000 deaths every year from non-smoking related lung cancer can be proven not to have resulted from radon then we should continue to take precautions." I think the cause is people aren't lighting a dollar bill on fire and…"
Mar 2
tedkidd replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"We are on the cusp of having lots of tools for measuring aspects of IAQ, so hopefully we can abandon the "best guess" approach for measured results soon. I'd agree, if you found the work you did made your home more pleasant,…"
Mar 1
tedkidd replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"very cool! energy impacts?"
Feb 29
tedkidd replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"If putting the house under positive pressure using fresh air helps mitigate not just radon, but thousands of other air quality risks as well, the conclusion to be drawn is radon systems are placeebo offering consumers false sense of "acting to…"
Feb 13
tedkidd replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
";) I love uncovering absuedities... Funny how creatively and vehemently people will argue against facts when their poorly constructed schemas, or their livelihoods, are threatened."
Feb 13
tedkidd replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Radon - Passive Systems in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"I agree with Stan, the tiered rather than linear structure of this BB can get convoluted and confusing when there are a lot of responses and can make for difficult reading. Here's the key takeaway for me, Caoimhín's comment on…"
Feb 11
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Feb 4
tedkidd replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"The problem is there is no money in NOT performing "Radon Mitigation". Interesting historical perspective by Tom Macy - http://proliberty.com/observer/20020205.htm Excerpt: I loved this…"
Feb 3

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TRACKING RESULTS - Making Excellence A Competitive Advantage

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 8:00am 2 Comments

Promises of savings without tracking DRIVES ME NUTS.  People are being harmed and we don't have any idea how big the harm is.  Comprehensive Home Performance really takes off once you connect tracking results because now you can offer a thing very rare.  

You can offer TRUTH.  You can offer PROOF that what you say will happen, will happen.  Delivering the "5th 

How do we create pressure for Utilities to open up their data so tracking can be automated?…


Great Home Energy Magazine HPwES article.

Posted on November 24, 2012 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Great article.  I think Courtney Moriarta may be one of the brilliant original designers of Comprehensive Home Performance:

Home Energy Magazine - Home Performance with Energy Star :: Home Performance with Energy Star - Looking Back to See the Future 

Hopefully the current obsession with "cost effectiveness" will soon be replaced with focus on Comprehensive…


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At 1:01pm on June 14, 2013, Melissa Baldridge said…

Thanks for the friend request, Tedd.  And for the awesome work you do - I feel your passion and care every time you post.

With warm regards,


At 8:20am on September 17, 2012, Curt Kinder said…

That's very kind of you to say.

At 1:00pm on September 23, 2011, David Eggleton said…
Welcome to the 1000 Home Challenge group, Ted.  As the project moves out from the pilot phase, much of interest will emerge!  At any time, send me nominations for the Resources section of the group's page.
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