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Posted by Allison Bailes on November 29, 2010
It just drives me crazy! When you see news stories in the media about improving your home's energy efficiency, they invariably tell you to caulk your windows and weatherstrip your doors. You know, there are enough home energy raters and auditors now that we oughta be able to cure them of foisting...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on November 23, 2010
Last week I got the new version of REM/Rate, the accredited home energy rating software that we use here at Energy Vanguard Energy Ratings, and it has the ENERGY STAR Version 2.5 and Version 3 requirements built in. I've checked a few files with it now, and it looks like the new requirements make a...
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SIP structural insulated panels laid out for assembly
Posted by Allison Bailes on November 19, 2010
Nine years it's been already. It's hard to believe it's been that long. In 2001, I was building a house out of structural insulated panels (SIPs) - and loving it!
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golden-opportunity-for-architects-pile-of-gifts
Posted by EV Staff on November 19, 2010
As we approach Christmas, I am reminded of the days when my siblings and I would, one by one, make our way down to the Family Room on Christmas morning to count the number of gifts for each of us. Some years, that was at 4 am, and we'd realize it was way to early to get up. Our parents wouldn't be...
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building science laws of thermodynamics homer simpson
Posted by Allison Bailes on November 17, 2010
"In this house, we obey the laws of thermodynamics!" Homer Simpson said that, and it's good advice for all of us. Actually, we don't really have a choice, you know. If, out of ignorance or dissent, we do things that go against the laws of thermodynamics or physics or building science, we don't...
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basement moisture problems entrance moldy smell 2
Posted by Allison Bailes on November 16, 2010
You open the door and are immediately assaulted by the damp, musty smell, even before taking a full step inside. If you're hyper-sensitive to these smells, you probably can't even go in without a respirator. If you're not that sensitive to it, you go in, glad in this case that the sense of smell...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on November 11, 2010
As I mentioned in my review of the first day of this special ENERGY STAR Version 3 training, it wasn’t really a train-the-trainer session, and they admitted as much at the beginning of day 1. What it became instead was a vetting session for the new Version 3 guidelines. We spent almost the entire...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on November 9, 2010
Last night I arrived here in Raleigh, North Carolina for a two-day train-the-trainer session on the ENERGY STAR Version 3 guidelines for new homes. This is the third of four that the guys from EPA's ENERGY STAR new homes program are doing around the country.
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Home Energy Pros social network short
Posted by Allison Bailes on November 5, 2010
Anyone who's been around me for a while knows that I love numbers. (If you need to know pi to 50 digits, just give me a call.) Well, this article is number 100 in the Energy Vanguard blog. Wow! Even though I prefer odd numbers, I do like the sound of that. It's taken only 2 days less than 8 months...
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habitat-for-humanity-goes-green-volunteers
Posted by EV Staff on November 3, 2010
The last time I volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, Icynene was not a household name, and many homeowners had never heard of a Blower Door and Duct Blaster. (Well, OK, you're right. They're not exactly household names now either, but a lot more people know about them.)
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