Energy Vanguard Blog

17 Reasons I Love Working with Buildings

Posted by Allison Bailes on Mon, Jun 29, 2015

Yesterday I had lunch with Robert Bean and Eric Griffin at the ASHRAE conference here in Atlanta. As we talked about how we got into the field of building science, I began thinking of the reasons I love doing what I do. My background is physics, and I really enjoyed teaching it when I was in academia, but I didn't really fit in there. When I discovered building science (and later blogging), I finally found my niche. Here's why:

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Tags: fun, design, education, business, comfort, indoor air quality, environment & sustainability, big picture, creativity, health & safety, blogging

Building Science Schmilding Science; Let's Do Things Right in 2014

Posted by Allison Bailes on Thu, Jan 2, 2014

We're a few days into 2014 now. A lot of homes got built last year, and a lot got renovated, too. Quite a few homes got home energy ratings, and even more had blower door tests. Spray foam attics and encapsulated crawl spaces also grew in popularity. Since the economy is heating up a bit, the numbers will probably be higher this year. But are things improving?

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Tags: building enclosure, indoor air quality, blogging, ventilation

2013: A Look Back at the Year in Building Science

Posted by Allison Bailes on Tue, Dec 31, 2013

2013 is almost history. Just a few short hours left before the giant possum drops into the bonfire to ring in 2014. (That's the New Year's party I go to each year, and it's always a lot of fun.) So let's take a quick look back at the year that we're finishing up, as witnessed through this blog.

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Tags: big picture, blogging

Yowza! The Energy Vanguard Blog Crashes the 500 Barrier

Posted by Allison Bailes on Sat, Aug 17, 2013

My Building Science Summer Camp photo highlights was article number 500 published in the Energy Vanguard Blog! I starting writing this blog on 7 March 2010 and have poured innumerable hours into it since. The actual number is higher than I'm willing to admit but probably not as high as my wife would have you believe. It's been my #1 obsession for the past three and a half years.

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Tags: blogging

5 Things You Can Do to Build for Success When Business Is Slow

Posted by Allison Bailes on Sun, Mar 24, 2013

Every business has slow periods. New businesses often have plenty of non-billable time, when the owner(s) and employees can work on things that help ensure success but that are often difficult to find time for once the jobs start rolling in. How you use those slow periods can make the difference between a business that goes on to have great success or one that flops.

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Tags: home energy rating, home energy efficiency, business, home energy audits, blogging

Should Your Business Have a Blog and Use Social Media?

Posted by Allison Bailes on Mon, Jan 21, 2013

A magician doesn't reveal his secrets, right? So why do those of us who blog and tweet successfully keep telling everyone else not only that they need to jump on the bandwagon but also how to do it. I've written a few articles here about blogging and social media and shown graphs of our tremendous growth in website traffic. But should you really bother? Do you need a blog? Is using social media mandatory?

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Tags: business, blogging

The State of Building Science in the Post-Mayan Non-Apocalypse

Posted by Allison Bailes on Fri, Jan 4, 2013

2013! Can you believe it? We survived the end of the Mayan calendar and are now living in what I like to call the post-non-apocalyptic world. I think that may well be the next hot genre for literature and film. To celebrate our non-demise, I did my usual thing and went to what one attendee described as "the best party in the universe."

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Tags: fun, building science, blogging

The Most Orange Articles from the Energy Vanguard Blog in 2012

Posted by Allison Bailes on Fri, Dec 28, 2012

Assuming this is my last article of 2012, I'll have published 135 articles by the end of this year. I generally do about 3 per week and cover a lot of ground. The subject matter ranges from in-depth explanations of technical topics to praise for groups doing great work to coverage of events that I attend to wacky articles implanted in my brain by aliens.

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Tags: blogging

Let's Get This Straight — About the Energy Vanguard Blog

Posted by Allison Bailes on Fri, Jul 20, 2012

I started writing the Energy Vanguard Blog in March 2010 and have published more than 350 articles since then. I love doing it. In fact, I probably love doing it a bit too much. Early on I often published 4 or 5 articles a week, but I'm trying to cut back. My goal lately has been 2 articles a week. I'm breaking my rule by writing this one, so I hope you'll forgive me. These things grab a hold of me, and I just have to write.

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Tags: blogging

Check Out Our RESNET Conference Presentation on Internet Marketing

Posted by Allison Bailes on Wed, Mar 7, 2012

Did you make it to Austin last week for the RESNET Conference? Did you catch the presentation that I did with Peter Troast of Energy Circle? Whether you did or you didn't, now you can download the pdf version of the presentation. In it you'll find out:

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Tags: RESNET/BPI, business, blogging