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spacetime curvature modeling experimental data
Posted by Allison Bailes on February 26, 2015
Energy modeling has gotten a bad reputation in the home performance world. One conference I've attended has gone so far as to say that it's "outside the sandbox" of topics presenters can cover. They want to see data, not modeled results. And they have good reason for that.
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trolls patent home inspection infrared camera thermal image 300
Posted by Allison Bailes on September 3, 2013
A year or two ago, I remember getting trapped in my car one evening listening to Ira Glass's show This American Life. It was an episode titled When Patents Attack, and I was riveted. They described how a seemingly small change in the US patent office's protocol led to the growth of an industry that...
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resnet conference 2013 energy avenger vs batman
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 10, 2013
Probably the biggest news I heard at the 2013 RESNET conference this year was that the Air Conditioning Contractors of America (ACCA) and 12 other organizations had asked the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to have the Building Performance Institute's (BPI) accreditation as a Standards...
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insulation outlaw ban tea party april fool day
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 1, 2013
Hidden deep within the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act, recently passed by Congress and signed into law by President Obama, is a provision that outlaws insulation in all new buildings. Citing its potential as both a cause of pandemics and an all-hazard, the bill's authors...
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snail slow business advice tips home energy pro
Posted by Allison Bailes on March 24, 2013
Every business has slow periods. New businesses often have plenty of non-billable time, when the owner(s) and employees can work on things that help ensure success but that are often difficult to find time for once the jobs start rolling in. How you use those slow periods can make the difference...
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hers home energy rater training hands on pressure testing practice building science
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 13, 2012
So, you're about to take a class to become a home energy rater or building analyst so you can go out and do energy audits. Maybe you've already taken a class and are out there trying to make a living at it now. You may be aware of this already, but here's a little secret: What you learned in your 5...
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ice dams caused by heat loss through ceiling higher fuel oil use
Posted by Allison Bailes on February 5, 2012
On Friday, the New York Times published an article about the Hartfords, an elderly couple in Dixfield, Maine who couldn't afford to pay for fuel oil for their leaky, inefficient home. I heard about it through social media from a couple of my friends up in Maine. Peter Troast of Energy Circle is one...
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blower door home energy rating savannah
Posted by Allison Bailes on January 13, 2012
I've made my living solely as a home energy pro since 2004, and I was building a high performance home for two years before that. For six of the past eight years, I've been running my own business, and Energy Vanguard is halfway through its fourth year now. It doesn't take a PhD in physics to be...
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The home energy videos on these sites will educate you on building science.
Posted by Allison Bailes on November 16, 2011
We've made a few videos here at Energy Vanguard and will be adding a lot more to our TheEnergyVanguard YouTube channel. Videos are great for learning about building science and home energy audits, so here are some of my favorite sources for home energy videos.
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RESNET ACI conference networking HERS BPI
Posted by Allison Bailes on February 12, 2011
Whether you're brand new in the community of home energy auditors, home energy raters, and home performance pros or have been in it for years, these two events are at the top of the heap for learning and networking.
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