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Why Is RESNET Limiting Its Options for Improvement?

In case you haven't heard, last year RESNET created a task force to look at ways to improve the consistency of results among certified home energy raters (aka HERS raters). In mid-August, executive director Steve Baden sent an email about the latest developments in the process. He also attached a document titled…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on October 2, 2014 at 2:34pm — No Comments

Oodles of Acronyms & Initials for Home Energy Pros

Acronyms and initials (let's call that AI, for short, not to be confused with the other AI, which stands for artificial intelligence, or AIA, which stands for…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on May 13, 2013 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

7 Reasons to Come to the RESNET Conference This Year

I've been going to the RESNET conference at the beginning of each year since 2009. I also went in 2004, and I can tell you that it's a great learning and networking opportunity if you're in the home energy industry. Are you on the fence about coming to the RESNET conference this year? Are you not on the fence but just haven't registered yet? Even if neither of those apply, see…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on January 25, 2013 at 3:22pm — No Comments

The Haunted House Energy Audit That Almost Killed Me

The most terrified I've ever been was was the time I got called to do a home energy audit of the haunted house-as-a-system down the street. I still shudder when I think of that night. Yes, it was nighttime. The caller who hired me, a woman with a sultry voice, said that was the only…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on November 12, 2012 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Words That Turn Home Energy Pros Into Building Science Dorks

"Ma'am, we've just tested your house and found your infiltration rate to be 16.7 ACH50, your R-values to be only 26% of the IECC…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on October 18, 2012 at 11:01am — 4 Comments

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about the HERS Index

A lot of home builders and homeowners are getting certified home energy ratings to find out how efficient their homes are. There's also a lot of buzz about HERS ratings, with builders looking at them…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on July 25, 2012 at 4:25pm — 2 Comments

A Home Energy Rater or Building Analyst Class Is Just the Beginning

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…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on April 19, 2012 at 2:55pm — 2 Comments

This Winter Is 37% Warmer than 2010-11 (by Heating Degree Days)

We celebrated Groundhog Day earlier this month. Naturally, that means we held our annual juggling festival here in Atlanta, but some people associate groundhogs with their weather forecasting ability. My question this year was, How can Punxatawney Phil (the weather predicting…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on February 13, 2012 at 11:00am — 6 Comments

11 Steps to Becoming a Successful Home Energy Pro

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…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on January 28, 2012 at 9:16am — 2 Comments

The Ductopus or the Centipede - Which HVAC Duct System Is Better?

I've been thinking lately that I might be in danger of losing all my friends in the HVAC business because I've been a bit heavy on showing examples of what they get wrong but not so good at showing what they do well. If you read my article… Continue

Added by Allison A. Bailes III on June 6, 2011 at 1:39pm — 3 Comments

How the Heck Does a Heat Pump Get Heat from Cold?!

It's been cold out this winter, so I've been talking a lot about heat. Invariably when I talk to people about how heat pumps can keep your home warm in winter, they get a look of bewilderment on their faces and ask how that's possible. No one ever tells me that they're confused about how a…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on February 13, 2011 at 10:42pm — 1 Comment

How to Talk to a Builder

Recently I was talking to one of our HERS raters who said that one of the reasons he prefers going after the existing home market is that he’s more comfortable talking with homeowners than with builders. He’s afraid that builders will see his lack of construction knowledge and send him packing.

What can you do to overcome this fear? Take heed of these points, and you’ll be fine:

  • Realize that you don’t need to know everything about building.
  • Let the builder know…
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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on January 20, 2011 at 10:07pm — 2 Comments

5 Reasons House Wrap Is Not an Air Barrier

It took me a while to figure out that a building is basically just a structural framework with control layers. Yeah, there's also electrical, plumbing, mechanical systems, and finishes, but the heart of a building is the stuff that holds it up and that moderates the flows of heat,…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on December 17, 2010 at 4:10pm — No Comments

Get Ready for a Lower HERS Index in ENERGY STAR Version 3!

ENERGY STAR Homes, Version 3

Last week I got the new version of REM/Rate, the accredited home energy rating software that we use here at Energy Vanguard Energy…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on November 23, 2010 at 3:16pm — 1 Comment

Home Energy Pros - A Unique Social Network

Home Energy Pros social network short

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 to get here, too.

Along the way, I've also learned a thing or two about social media. I've got more than 600 LinkedIn connections, 500+ Twitter followers, and 125 fans of…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on November 5, 2010 at 7:10am — 1 Comment

The Groundbreaking New Georgia State Energy Code

Georgia state energy code and the 2009 IECC Yesterday I went to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) for a meeting of the State Codes Advisory Committee (SCAC). Wait, wait, don't leave yet! I promise there's good stuff in here.

OK, let's try that again.

Yesterday I saw a bunch of guys sitting around a table make a groundbreaking decision that will alter the lives of home builders, energy raters, and utility customers. Yes, I'm talking about the great work done by the…

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Added by Allison A. Bailes III on October 26, 2010 at 12:00pm — 3 Comments

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