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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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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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attic insulation to go polystyrene boxes 1b
Posted by Allison Bailes on October 7, 2014
Someone got creative with their attic insulation!
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curiosity passion love
Posted by Allison Bailes on May 19, 2014
I've been wrong all these years. Even 20+ years ago when I was teaching high school, I was giving out bad advice. Like so many others, I've been telling people to follow their passion. The problem is, that's like telling someone to build a house but giving them only a photo of the front elevation.
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What exactly is a low-load home?  (Architect Richard Levine stands in front of the low-load, solar home he designed and built in the 1970s. Photo by Energy Vanguard)
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 27, 2014
I've been in Lexington, Kentucky this week at the Midwest Residential Energy Conference. It was great! (And I played nice - I didn't mention in any of my talks that I'm a Florida Gator.) One of the many highlights for me was getting to visit Richard "Dick" Levine's 1970s passive solar house. It's...
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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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Posted by Allison Bailes on November 8, 2013
"Many years later, as he faced the firing squad, Colonel Aureliano Buendía was to remember that distant afternoon when his father took him to discover ice." Thus opens Gabriel García Márquez's classic work of literature, One Hundred Years of Solitude. It's the most memorable first sentence of any...
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business steve jobs creativity vision
Posted by Allison Bailes on October 5, 2011
The wave is spreading outward from Silicon Valley. Naturally, those of us mainlining Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn were the first to hear the news: Steve Jobs has died.
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golden-opportunity-for-architects-pile-of-gifts
Posted by EV Staff on November 19, 2010
As we approach Christmas, I am reminded of the days when my siblings and I would, one by one, make our way down to the Family Room on Christmas morning to count the number of gifts for each of us. Some years, that was at 4 am, and we'd realize it was way to early to get up. Our parents wouldn't be...
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Posted by EV Staff on July 1, 2010
"Making something beautiful is one of the most sustainable things you can do." - Sarah Susanka, Author of The Not So Big House.
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