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Duct leakage can trump right-sizing in HVAC design.
Posted by Allison Bailes on May 18, 2010
I know, I know. If you've had a HERS rater class or any education in residential building science, the alarms are going off in your head right now - WAANNNHHHHH WAANNNHHHHH WAANNNHHHHH! Please, let me explain.
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Student in a HERS rater training class during an interminable  Powerpoint presentation.
Posted by Allison Bailes on May 15, 2010
What images come to mind for you when I say 'home energy rater class'? The word class (or classroom), as used here, usually evokes images of desks in neat rows, with students attentively looking at the teacher standing in the front of the room. It's also the kind of education most of us grew up...
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Posted by Allison Bailes on May 8, 2010
I love TED talks! Today I discovered this one, thanks to Gary Smith of Energy Rated Homes of Mississippi.
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What do pirates have to do with home energy audits?
Posted by Allison Bailes on May 4, 2010
Yesterday I bought a Flip Video UltraHD camcorder, so you'll be seeing some videos appear on the Energy Vanguard website soon. As a matter of fact, I'm heading out to Carrollton this morning to tape Jason Payne of Structured Energies doing a home energy rating for my friend Perry, who's buying a...
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The home energy videos on these sites will educate you on building science.
Posted by Allison Bailes on May 2, 2010
[7/30/10 See my update on the adoption of the new energy code.]
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EEM   perfect candidate
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 29, 2010
Today I visited my friend Perry, who's buying a hundred year old house and wanted some advice on what he could do to improve it. My first thought, of course, was that he should buy the house with an EEM (Energy Efficient Mortgage). That will allow him to roll the costs of the improvements into the...
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Heat pumps can heat a home by running the an air conditioner's refrigeration cycle in the opposite direction.
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 28, 2010
Last week in my role as a home energy rating provider, I had to disqualify a home for the ENERGY STAR label. I hated doing it because it was a nice home and, in every way but one, can be called a high performance home.
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Posted by Allison Bailes on April 23, 2010
I've just finished going over the newly released ENERGY STAR 2011 guidelines for new homes and, as you might expect, I'm happy about some of the new requirements and disappointed/perplexed about others. Overall, though, the program is moving in the right direction, which it must because building...
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What's this HERS rating thing I keep hearing about?
Posted by Allison Bailes on April 20, 2010
Whether you're a homeowner looking to get a home energy audit or you're interested in getting trained to become a home energy auditor, you should know that there are only two organizations that offer what you're looking for. One is RESNET, which stands for Residential Energy Services Network. The...
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