I typed out a long thank you to you and all others who bring what they can to this forum, I do sincerely appreciate it. Unfortunately I backed up to check my facts and it erased my three paragraphs. I should have known better, but it happens. Anyway, a simple thanks to all.
So where do we go from here? My first question to ee.doe.gov is now one week old and no response. Joan's webinar mentioned "individuals" but avoided the word independent as in Independent Energy Auditor, a distinction that many of us take seriously.
I encourage DOE to open up the communications so we can start to answer some of the many questions. If IEA's are not part of their plans, then say so, so we can move on. If we are to be included, define this partnership that was mentioned in the webinar.
Well, they replied:
There is new recorded Home Energy Score webinar on homeenergyscore.gov.
Please watch the 20-minute webinar and register for this Thursday’s live Q&A session (1:30 -2:30 EST PM Thursday, September 15).
To register for Thursday’s live Q&A webinar, please visit https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/806358648.
Home Energy Score
I'm half deaf as well. Conctruction business has done that as protective ear coverage was never heard of way back when. I'm curious why I do not hear back from the DOE as I have sent emails. This entire process of chasing everything is surely not efficient!
Well, I connected, but it did little good thanks to the fast talking and lack of closed caption. Grumble, grumble. But enough of my self pity, WHAT DID THEY SAY, please. I couldn't tell if they would follow with a script so I will have to rely on your feedback.
1. Will independent energy auditors be, A. openly accepted B. Accepted only when associated with one of their partners, or C. Under consideration. I left out "left out in the cold" as I don't think they dare say that.
2. Did I detect that only 4 of the 12 participating pilots participated in the webinar? Did they say why?
3. So what was their 2-step (dance)? Score the homes and try to sell them upgrades. Or just score the homes and provide them with a list of potential improvements? (ha, ha)
Well, off to save some ducks, DU dinner tonight, I'll check in later.
Bud, from what I understood
1) no, it didn't sound like they wanted independant auditors, only those assosiated with 'partners"
2) yes, only 3 or 4 of the pilot "teams" spoke, and they didn't say why
3) the intent it appears was to inform homeowners of how they rate and possible upgrades
They didn't address any of the questions I had written. Maybe they will by email, but still have yet to hear from them on other questions...I'm not that hopeful with the sounds of things. I was hoping to hear that they would be tieing their rating score in with realtors and the national DOE "Better Buildings" program. It sounds like this is a water down version of a real CHA to give homeowners a starting point. We'll see how it developes.
Thanks Gary, I needed that.
As for more questions, well, that kind of answers them all.
For the first time, the US has a national green building code. The International Green Construction Code (IgCC), approved last week after two years of development, applies to all new and renovated commercial buildings and residential buildings over three stories high. Although the final code won't be published until March 2012, many local and state governments have begun to officially adopt it.
This has nothing to do with SCORE and it has nothing to do with existing residential construction but I do like to see LEED on a cross with the ICC banging in the nails.
No news on SCORE?