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Posted by Allison Bailes on March 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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Posted by Allison Bailes on February 23, 2012
Because of this blog, I've sharpened my powers of observation by several orders of magnitude. I thought I was a pretty good observer before, with my background in physics, but writing as much as I have these past two years has changed me. I'm always looking at the things around me, stuff I see...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on January 3, 2012
It's 2012, and I'm excited about the potential of the new year. I went to Possum Drop to ring in this new year, and we burned another possum effigy, this one loaded with more fireworks than ever and dressed to represent the 1% of fat cat possums who dominate the 99%. Like the Phoenix, the Possum...
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Million dollar homes, cheapo HVAC systems
Posted by Allison Bailes on December 29, 2011
Keeping with my end of the year theme of different lists of the articles I've written over the past year, I now give you my Drives Me Crazy list for 2011, painstakingly narrowed down to my top 5. I may not have used that expression in all of the articles below, but I surely felt it.
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The obituary of Allison A. Bailes III, PhD, written prehumously
Posted by Allison Bailes on December 28, 2011
Most of my writing here in the Energy Vanguard blog is deadly serious. I write the articles with my brow deeply furrowed, fretting over all the energy that's wasted and comfort opportunities missed because of the problems with the way we build homes and install HVAC systems. But sometimes I just...
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Eccentric Lives, Peculiar Notions, & Building Science Absurdities
Posted by Allison Bailes on December 27, 2011
Wow! 2011 was a great year in the Energy Vanguard Blog, and part of it was due to our writing articles that generated controversy. Here's a list of the posts that stirred people up the most. Sometimes it showed in the number of comments, sometimes in the ferocity of comments. One is on the list...
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Guardian Building Products fiberglass batts proper installation
Posted by Allison Bailes on November 9, 2011
Yesterday I received an email and letter from Steve Ziessler, president and CEO of Guardian Building Products. In it, he apologized for their heavy-handed approach to expressing their displeasure with seeing their fiberglass batts pictured in an article on poor installation. From the email:
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Posted by Allison Bailes on November 7, 2011
See that photo? It's one of the reasons that I received a nasty letter from Guardian Building Products, a manufacturer of fiberglass batt insulation. They were upset that that I'd written an article about poor fiberglass batt installation and used photos showing their product with the name...
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Energy Vanguard and Energy Circle chiefs will present on internet marketing at the 2012 RESNET conference.
Posted by Allison Bailes on September 3, 2011
You can now vote for the sessions you'd like to see offered at the 2012 RESNET Building Performance Conference in Austin, Texas. This is the conference of the year for Home Energy Raters and one of the two most important conferences for those of us who spend our lives trying to assess and improve...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on August 29, 2011
Oh, man, how can I say there's a single book that I'd call "the best book I've ever read"? That's just not possible. But it's the topic of today's Let's Blogoff, so, as usual, I'll answer the question the way politicians answer questions. That is, I'll answer the question the way I want it to be...
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