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

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

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Started Nov 6, 2014

Rick Gerardi's case for a "Performance Registry"
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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

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

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

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

 

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tedkidd replied to Richard Beyer's discussion "Spray Foam Insulation is More Important Than LIFE!"
"More unquantified FUD around foam "risk" by Richard without disclosure of financial interest. Richard, bias is for the reader to decide, not the writer. If you want to appear to have integrity, disclosure of actual and POTENTIAL bias…"
Thursday
tedkidd commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"Colin, Henry Gifford is suggesting a new, much simpler approach to design and codes:  http://bit.ly/Giffordsperfectenergycode http://bit.ly/1Hmnftz Why couldn't we take this further and make consumption transparent so we could get to…"
Tuesday
tedkidd commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"VVVVVVV - Nice point! Thanks for sharing George... Hard for a report to have meaning if you NEVER RECEIVE it!!  Add to this the fact HERS Ratings neither correlate to energy use, NOR even to each other! (If 7 different people give 7…"
Monday
tedkidd replied to Bud Poll's discussion How do we pay for the grid?
"I think "those who own and maintain our power grid are in trouble" only if they resist rather than seeing and seizing the opportunity in innovation and change. There seem to be examples in both camps, NY REV is an example of an…"
Aug 12
tedkidd commented on Colin Genge's blog post What needs to be done to get builders to follow Code for duct and envelope leakage?
"Just publish energy use per sf. When you give contractors a quality metric to compete around, quality rises. If we don't keep score of performance the metric for decisions becomes low price. Low price is quality's biggest enemy."
Aug 6
tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"Bob, here is where our perspectives diverge. I think people should switch to electric because they can't anticipate the reasons it is a good decision. Not only does going with a new gas appliance handcuff you to gas, but there are…"
Aug 1
tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"Here our thinking falls out of alignment. Going to electric is default for me. People can't anticipate that far out, and should strategically position themselves to jump on opportunities instead of handcuffing themselves to bad…"
Aug 1
tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"8 people, sometimes under 10 therms. Just not enough energy used heating water to get obsessive about what type of energy to use. U believe the false argument was started and is perpetuated by gas companies who want consumers to make appliance…"
Aug 1
tedkidd replied to Damien Greenfield's discussion Is there is cost saving for you in having a tankless water heater?
"Thankless water heaters are a GREAT deal.... For the installers. They are usually very profitable. They make more on the install, they make money servicing, and they make money reparing if not serviced. So its no surprise that installers would sing…"
Jul 31
tedkidd commented on Bijou Lulla's blog post A CHEAT SHEET FOR ENERGY MODELLING OLD HOMES
"Nice post Jeff. Some high level insights.  Are you tracking your project savings? Are you comparing them to projected savings? Can I see those numbers? "
Jul 16
tedkidd commented on Bijou Lulla's blog post A CHEAT SHEET FOR ENERGY MODELLING OLD HOMES
"Wrong. You nicely illustrate the where, but not the why. The biggest errors occur because modeling accurately is more work, there is little to no incentive to model accurately, and in many cases there IS incentive to overstate savings. To solve…"
Jul 16
tedkidd replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Weigh in - Honorable Mention? 2nd Base? Half-Way There? 50% Better? On the Path? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"How about an entry point? Instead of waiting for completed projects, approach it the way you would a race, or a diet, with an entry weigh in. You'd get data from a whole lot of baselines. There could be an annual progress check, which would…"
Jul 14
tedkidd commented on Lester Shen's blog post Energy bills up? There may be humans in your building
"Sweet! Will the industry listen? I don't see how Nest plays into this. Isn't it a black box? We use Ecobee - it allows us to see how equipment and enclosure perform together, and when occupants are uncomfortable through logging…"
Jul 13
tedkidd replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Weigh in - Honorable Mention? 2nd Base? Half-Way There? 50% Better? On the Path? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Immediate verifiable won't work, this has been improved over 20 years..."
Jun 29
tedkidd replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Weigh in - Honorable Mention? 2nd Base? Half-Way There? 50% Better? On the Path? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Here's my use. This is roughly 4500 occupied sf - 2 family home with 3 people downstairs and 5 people up. 2 electric meters, one gas meter. The electric use shown includes electric car charging. I've recently sold my ICE - so the electric…"
Jun 29
tedkidd replied to Tom Conlon's discussion Big Data Analytics - Don't Believe the Hype
"Awesome share Tom, thanks!!  In NY I've talked to people who've had the "free" NY audit and been told they could save $1400 a year on their gas bill. They say they might have bit if they hadn't already done the math…"
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Crunching the numbers. Beating the savings projections by getting the crews excited about their work.
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TRACKING RESULTS - Making Excellence A Competitive Advantage

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?…

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

Great Home Energy Magazine HPwES article.

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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Posted on November 24, 2012 at 7:00pm

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At 1:10pm on October 6, 2014, Better Buildings Support said…

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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,

Melissa

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.
At 12:14pm on May 18, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

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