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Posted by EV Staff on February 24, 2012
A few months back, I received the following email about payment to design the HVAC system for a new ENERGY STAR home. The author of the email is a home energy rater, and my client. The “HVAC guy” is the HVAC contractor who has hired the rater to get the HVAC Design completed for the job. 
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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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Home Energy Rater getting ready to test the duct leakage for a HERS rating.
Posted by Allison Bailes on January 6, 2012
Independent home energy auditors have always been a rare breed. In the past decade, though, an army of them has gone through RESNET or BPI training programs and hit the streets in search of homes to analyze. At first, these energy auditors were mainly of the RESNET variety—certified home energy (or...
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Home energy auditor training can be hit or miss, depending on how well the trainer understands adult education.
Posted by Allison Bailes on November 18, 2011
Let's take a look at this saying that some people take as truth: Those who can, do, and those who can't, teach. You know it's a lie, right? Not only does it show arrogance and complete misunderstanding of what teaching is all about, but it also seems to imply that if you're a doer, you'd naturally...
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Toronto hers rater class psychrometric chart activity
Posted by Allison Bailes on September 30, 2011
Today is the last day of the HERS rater class I'm teaching in Toronto. To date, there's just been a handful of people pushing home energy ratings in Canada and sadly, they lost one of the most passionate advocates this year - Bruce Gough, whom I met at my first RESNET conference in 2004.
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John Godden, Canada's Green Building Champion of the Year
Posted by Allison Bailes on September 29, 2011
Home builders and HERS raters in the US have been up in arms about the new changes with Version 3 of the ENERGY STAR new homes program. Guess what? Canada thinks we're wimps. Here's why:
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resnet building performance hers conference logo austin texas 2012
Posted by Allison Bailes on September 3, 2011
You can now vote for the sessions you'd like to see offered at the 2012 RESNET Building Performance Conference in Austin, Texas. This is the conference of the year for Home Energy Raters and one of the two most important conferences for those of us who spend our lives trying to assess and improve...
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hers home energy rater class blower door test field rating hands on
Posted by Allison Bailes on August 19, 2011
Energy Vanguard has been a Home Energy Rater Training Provider for one year now. We received our accreditation from RESNET in July 2010, and we just finished up our fourth class. As always right after a class, I'm both exhausted and exhilirated. I love teaching. I love homes. I love building...
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energy star version 3 new home hers index resnet
Posted by Allison Bailes on July 15, 2011
I'm not on the board or staff of RESNET or the EPA's ENERGY STAR new homes program, so I'm not privy to the discussions they've been having. It would be interesting to be a fly on the wall at the meetings where those two groups discuss what's happening during the rollout of and transition to ENERGY...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on May 27, 2011
I'm torn. Since I first dived into the ENERGY STAR Version 3 guidelines, the new HVAC requirements have pulled me in two directions. On the one hand, as someone who's been calling for change in the HVAC industry, I see them as a great way to move things forward. On the other hand, I'm a HERS rating...
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