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Building Science Summer Camp
Posted by Allison Bailes on August 4, 2020
Ten years ago today, I published one of the most significant articles I've written here in the Energy Vanguard Blog.  Titled I Don't Need No Stinkin' Building Science Summer Camp!, this article got me invited to that invitation-only event where so many good things happen.  At the time, I knew a...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on April 1, 2020
Yes, it's April Fools' Day again.  With all that's happening in the world because of the coronavirus, it may have slipped your mind.  It didn't slip mine, but I'm not putting out a new April Fools' Day article this year.  The COVID-19 situation we find ourselves in this year is grim.  I won't go...
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A sparkly fire to ring in the new year of 2019
Posted by Allison Bailes on January 3, 2019
Welcome to another January, this time in the year 2019.  The month, of course, is named after the Roman god Janus, who has two faces, one looking backward, one forward.  Because, you know, to really know where you're going, you have to understand where you've been.  2019 may be a brand new year,...
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What's that noise I hear in there?
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 real...
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Dr. Bailes shows you how to talk like a building scientist
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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Building Science Summer Camp:  Monday morning
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 how...
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HVAC system blower
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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The Insulated Man movie poster
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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Flex duct presentation intro, 2017 Buildng Science Summer Camp
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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Things we should ban to improve home building in America
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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