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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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Posted by Allison Bailes on February 24, 2016
When Stephen Morrison of MoreSun Custom Woodworking sent me the photo below, my reaction was, Wow! Just wow! This duct retrofit is absolutely stunning. It's an elegant display of creativity unhindered by knowledge. Can you see what they've done?
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Posted by Allison Bailes on February 8, 2016
Every year on New Year's Eve, I head over to some friends' house here in the Atlanta area. They have the best party around—Possum Drop—and I've been going for nearly a decade now. As midnight approaches, the newly-crowned Possum Queen leads the countdown. The possum is lowered slowly onto the fire...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on February 3, 2016
I love me some good bad photos. You know, good photos of bad stuff. If you've been here a while, you've seen some of the doozies I've posted in the Energy Vanguard Blog. Take Stumpy, the duct amputee or Release the Kraken or the ice chest in the duct system or any of a number of building enclosure...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on January 18, 2016
I love the ACI National Home Performance Conference and Trade Show. It's one of my favorite events of the year. From the first time I attended in 2005, I knew this conference was special. It's a great place to learn what your peers are doing in other parts of the country. It's a great place to meet...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on December 4, 2015
I saw this portable toilet yesterday at a new home job site. I'd actually seen it a few days earlier from the road and thought maybe someone had backed into it with their truck. Yesterday I drove in to see if I could talk to the builder and found that the damage was of a different sort. And that...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on August 14, 2015
WARNING: This article contains graphic and disturbing images of a duct system that may upset anyone sensitive to low-quality air distribution. If you've ever experienced nausea, fainting spells, or outbursts of anger upon being exposed to such stimuli, I urge you to take this in small doses...or...
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