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The RESNET-BPI group on LinkedIn has been in decay, as has the ancient Forum in Rome
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 14, 2017
The Internet age has made it easy to find information. Occasionally you can find some that's even true. That's where it becomes helpful to have someone more knowledgeable than yourself to be able to ask for advice and input on stuff you read online, get feedback on ideas you'd like to try on a...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on November 4, 2016
You can go into just about any introductory physics classroom and you'll see that the students learn the same stuff no matter which school they attend. They study forces and motion, momentum and energy, electrostatics, and a host of other physics topics. They do lab experiments. They observe and...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on May 5, 2016
Can an article be out of date just because it's from 1989? That's not only three decades old, but it's also from the last century. Heck, it's even from the last millennium! What about more recent stuff? Is it better because it's newer? Well, maybe. But someone recently questioned the suitability of...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on February 17, 2016
Now's your chance. The inaugural train-the-trainer session on the Water Efficiency Rating Score, WERS, is happening in Santa Fe, New Mexico in just three weeks. Mike Collignon from the Green Builder Coalition has been doing an amazing job getting this new program off the ground. Last year I wrote...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on August 28, 2015
I have to apologize. I've been holding onto a secret for three weeks now, and I've just got to tell you about it. One of the best things that came out of Building Science Summer Camp this year was an announcement. The photo here holds the clue to that momentous revelation. No, it's not the campaign...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on June 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...
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Installing windows before house wrap is like tucking your raincoat into your pants.
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 27, 2015
When asked to name our passions at the conference I went to in Portland, Oregon last week, I had to think about it a little bit. I had just been discussing what it is we aim to do at a company strategy session a few days before, so that discussion came to mind. At the strategy session, I said we...
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new orleans aci affordable comfort national home performance conference
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 3, 2015
The ACI National Home Performance Conference is only a month away. Even more important, the deadline to get the Early Bird rate on the registration fee is Monday, 6 April. If you work on homes, this conference is for you. Here are 7 reasons why.
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blogging about building science five years
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 9, 2015
On Saturday, the Energy Vanguard Blog turned 5 years old. It's been an interesting and rewarding journey, and I'm really glad I sat down and started doing it in early March 2010.
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net zero energy home
Posted by Allison Bailes on January 27, 2015
Back in 1982, I was an undergraduate studying physics and listening to the Talking Heads, Laurie Anderson, and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. I loved my OMD album and was captivated by the song Electricity. Towards the end of the song, they sing:
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