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Posted by Allison Bailes on October 31, 2018
KERKLUNK! I instantly spring up in my bed at the loud noise. "What the heck was that?!" I don't know but it seemed to have come out of the heating vent on the wall above my dresser. I'd been lying quietly in bed on this chilly autumn night, half asleep yet still awake enough to know that was a...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on September 11, 2018
Everyone these days wants to be a building scientist. It's the second most popular branch of the sciences, after all (the most popular being physics, naturally). So today let's discuss how you can enhance your future in building science by learning how to talk like a building scientist. When I'm...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on August 10, 2018
Building Science Summer Camp, officially known as the Westford Symposium on Building Science, took place this week. I'll write more about it next week, but to give you a flavor of it, here are a few photos from the 2018 event. On Saturday afternoon, I sprouted a rainbow out of my head. That's...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on October 24, 2017
We live in this invisible stuff called air. (But of course you knew that.) We pump it into and out of our lungs. We exhaust it from our bathrooms and kitchens. We cycle it through our heating and air conditioning systems. If we're lucky, we live in a home that even brings outdoor air inside as part...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on October 6, 2017
Yesterday was Energy Efficiency Day. I saw a lot tweets on the topic, and the photo above, showing the movie poster for The Insulated Man, was in one of them. That, of course, got me thinking about other classic works of literature related to energy and building science. For example, have you read...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on August 8, 2017
One week ago I spoke at the Westford Symposium on Building Science. You may know it better as Building Science Summer Camp, since that's what everyone calls it. I wrote up a little summary of the whole conference last week but didn't say a lot about my presentation. Today I'll fill you in on what...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on June 10, 2017
Let's face it. The state of home building isn't good. Yes, we have building science and energy codes and green building programs out the wazoo. We have cool new products and home energy raters and even Joe Lstiburek. Despite all this, we still have wild ductopuses, holey air barriers, and insipid...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on September 26, 2016
Yesterday I returned home from the North American Passive House Conference. It was great, as it always is. Wait. No, this was the best one yet. On the 10th anniversary of the first conference, PHIUS put on an amazing conference. It was the biggest one ever, I believe. As I flew home I pondered some...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on July 29, 2016
In the beginning, there was passivhaus. That was way back in the 1990s. Then the Passive House Institute US, having been thrown out of the party for blasphemy, said, no, passive house started in North America in the 1970s and '80s. But wait, others said, a polar exploration ship from the 19th...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on July 18, 2016
I've got a record of 14 blower door tests on my condo. Many of them were during home energy rater classes, as we'd bring them here for the confirmed rating they needed to complete. The early ones were horrible! But I had a good reason. Our laundry room ceiling was half gone because of a water leak...
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