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Posted by Allison Bailes on August 12, 2015
Building Science Summer Camp was last week. That means I was in Massachusetts with 500 of my closest friends, staying up too late, talking building science out the wazoo, and attending some great presentations from leaders in the world of building science. My big takeaways from Summer Camp this...
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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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numbers math uncertainty building science
Posted by Allison Bailes on October 3, 2014
Numbers. We deal with them all the time. They come at us from all directions. We believe them. Or we don't. We throw them out and expect others to believe us. Those of us who work in the field of building science have a responsibility to understand them, to use them wisely, to share them...
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north american passive house conference phius 2014
Posted by Allison Bailes on September 24, 2014
The 9th annual North American Passive House Conference happened two weeks ago in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. The Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) has been holding this conference every year since 2006, and it just keeps getting better. I've been to the last three now, and it's one...
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Enrico Fermi estimate question problem
Posted by Allison Bailes on July 9, 2014
Enrico Fermi was famous for many things, as you might expect of one of the smartest physicists of the 20th century. Quantum theory,  statistical mechanics, and nuclear physics were his primary subjects, but what I appreciate most about him was what are called Fermi Problems. He had an amazing...
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air conditioner ducts outdoors
Posted by Allison Bailes on February 12, 2014
Three questions have been nagging at Rick Chitwood over the past 5 or 6 years. First, why is the HVAC industry in California, where he lives and works, so pathetic? Second, why have California’s strict energy standards, which have been in effect since 1978, not corrected the problem? Third, how is...
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dry climate forum yosemite question mark tribe
Posted by Allison Bailes on February 11, 2014
I'm in California this week at the Dry Climate Forum, hanging out with some of my favorite people in the home performance business. Gavin Healy, Dan Perunko,† Mike MacFarland, and Rick Chitwood are the ringleaders, but all 6 dozen of us here belong to the same tribe: the tribe of questioners.
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atlanta 2014 snow storm gridlock traffic nightmare
Posted by Allison Bailes on January 30, 2014
I was one of the lucky ones. I spent only two hours in my car when the big snow storm of 2014 hit Atlanta on Tuesday. We got only about 2" of snow in my part of the city, but I made the mistake of going out for lunch at a restaurant right next to Emory University and the CDC compound. It took...
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Possum Drop 2012 6 eyes afire
Posted by Allison Bailes on December 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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