What Ballerinas and EPros Have in Common...

I'm pretty new to this whole industry... And by new I mean that the jumble of acronyms and terminology are still enough to leave me a bit dazed when some well meaning individual spurts off several in one sentence.  

Home efficiency is not a field I ever could have imagined being involved in.  By training, I'm an a ballerina.  I've danced since I was three, trained in NYC, graduated from a conservatory... the works. And yet here I am, working as the Event Planner for a home efficiency company.  It has been one of life's serendipitous happenings. 

Here is the strange thing... the two fields (dance and home efficiency) don't feel all that different.  Granted my new office has far fewer tutus and doesn't smell of pointe shoes, but  both professions are driven in a way that I think most are not.  Both have an abnormal level of dedication.  

In the dance world, dancers pour their time and energy into their profession, driven by devotion to the ideal of being living art.  The effort is completely worth it, because achieving excellence and beauty is what the dancer values.  What I've learned is that people in this field work incredibly hard too, and love it, because it lines up with what they value: doing all they can to preserve and protect the resources we have.    

The thing is, dancing is mostly selfish... we work hard to become better artists, for ourselves.  Building efficiency is anything but that.  The small improvements made in each home matter for each and every person who lives today, tomorrow or 100 years down the road.  The day to day tasks may be transient, but the effects quietly benefit our collective existence.  

So here is a humbled ballerina, realizing that the arts community may not have the market cornered on having the most passion for their field.  

I'd love to hear any advice on how newcomers can gain a deeper understanding about our industry... and memorize all of those acronyms.  Cheat sheet anyone? 

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Comment by Hannah Finch on June 10, 2014 at 6:37pm

Tom! Those lists are great!  Thank you very much.  So useful. 

Comment by Tom White on June 10, 2014 at 6:11pm

Hannah, welcome to Home Energy Pros.  I'm sure the home efficiency company you're working for will benefit from your energy.  Here are a few pointers to some energy acronym cheat sheets that should be of help:

http://www.energyvanguard.com/blog-building-science-HERS-BPI/bid/59...

http://www.energy.ca.gov/glossary/acronyms.html

Comment by Hannah Finch on June 10, 2014 at 1:38pm

Thank you Billy!  You welcome and advice is very appreciated.  Wonderful, helpful people such as yourself are what has made me so grateful to be a part of this industry.  

Comment by billy g pinnick jr on May 30, 2014 at 8:32am

I need to correct a previous statement, the BPI course referred to is NOT a CERTIFICATION  but a CERTIFICATE, the course is Building Science Principles.

Comment by billy g pinnick jr on May 30, 2014 at 8:21am

RELAX and take them as they come up in conversation. When somebody uses a acronym and your not sure what it stands for, ask. If they aren't willing to explain they're probably not worth talking to anyway. As the event planner you did your job you got them to the event. If the co. your working for feels it's important for you to know the terminology and acronyms, BPI (Building Performance Institute) has  a certification for the non-field people that basically gives you an understanding of the house as a system approach, that would be a good start. Good Luck and remember nobody was born knowing all the acronyms being used, they have learned them one at a time also.

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