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This ductopus is not a result of good HVAC system design.
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 26, 2011
I haven't done a LetsBlogOff post in a while, but when I saw the topic for today's blogoff, I knew I wouldn't be able to resist, so here goes.
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RESNET jugglers association home energy juggler building science hers strategic alliance
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 1, 2011
RESNET, the Residential Energy Services Network, has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with IJA, the International Jugglers Association. The goal of the MOU with IJA is to promote the creation of new requirements, certifications, equipment sales, and training classes for HERS raters...
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The obituary of Allison A. Bailes III, PhD, written prehumously
Posted by Allison Bailes on January 4, 2011
Allison Arthur Bailes III, PhD, died on the morning of 4 January 2011. His wife found him slumped over the keyboard of his computer, where he collapsed after working on yet another blog article. Apparently the pressure to write, which he had just described in a post the day before, overwhelmed him...
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The Blower Door Man is Coming to Town!
Posted by Allison Bailes on December 23, 2010
Martin Holladay, the famous Energy Nerd from Green Building Advisor and one of my favorite building science geeks, outdid himself this year with his building science variations of famous Christmas carols. Our friends at Energy Circle, who are much more musically talented than I, accepted the...
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What?! Are you laughing?
Posted by Allison Bailes on November 2, 2010
Having written nearly 100 articles in this blog, I've covered a lot of topics related to how buildings work. Just in the past two weeks, for example, I've written about attic kneewalls, heat pump water heaters, why house wrap isn't usually an air barrier, and the scary things energy auditors see in...
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Dead rat in the attic
Posted by Allison Bailes on October 29, 2010
In my last article, I wrote about how I've learned so much by visiting the parts of houses that most people don't like to go into themselves. In that article, my focus was on the problems with the attic kneewall. Today, with Halloween upon us, let me show you some of the scarier stuff I've found in...
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