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At 1:59pm on May 28, 2014, Martin Smith said…

Thank you for the welcome, Diane! Looking forward to connecting and making great use of this resource.

At 5:47am on May 28, 2014, Rocky Snider said…

Hey Just my thoughts on home energy. Alot of people want to create an house envelope that does not allow any air to get in or out. Sealed up tight as a drum. That is not the way to go in my humble experience. It depends way too much on mechanical refrigiration and not enough on passive heating and cooling. Check out Bio-memicary. I did not spell that right but it is the science of studying nature. look at a tree and how it works. Stand in the sun then stand under a tree. Look how the human body gets rid of heat. We have billions of pores that regulate our temperatures. Nature is the answer if we are to really become sustainable.

At 8:47pm on March 21, 2014, Marcus Camfferman said…

Diane,

           Thank you  - I am excited to be here.

                                                        Marcus

At 4:59pm on March 21, 2014, Matthew Levene said…

Diane, thank you for the warm welcome!

At 11:50am on February 19, 2014, Phil Luther said…

Thank you Diane!  I am looking forward to sharing and learning from the others here too.

Best Regards,

Phil Luther

At 10:47am on January 16, 2014, Jenn Saunders said…

Hey Diane,

Thanks for the welcome message!  I am happy to be a part of this awesome community.

Best,

Jenn

At 12:37pm on November 17, 2013, Andrew 'A.J' Levis said…

Any info on zero net energy schools?

At 6:15pm on November 6, 2013, Curtis Tongue said…

Thanks, Diane.

I've been working on a home energy management tool called Ohmconnect that coaches home owners on how to reduce and allows them to participate in demand response programs.

We just launched our beta; do you think your community's members would be interested in such a tool?

At 10:30am on October 21, 2013, Tony Ramirez said…

Thank you Diane.  Great site

At 1:34pm on September 30, 2013, Roy L. Miller said…

Help. Continually receiving an error when "adding my to the map".

At 6:25pm on August 15, 2013, John Smith said…

Hi, Diane, we'll do!

At 5:34pm on June 13, 2013, Tyler Gillette said…

Hi Diane,

Thanks for the salutations.

I like the board & thanks for having me.

Tyler

At 2:03am on February 13, 2013, George Chura said…

Hi Diane, I've add Salt Spring Island to the map. Thanks for the welcome! /George

At 10:07am on January 28, 2013, Emmanuel de Crepy said…

Hi Diane, Thank you for your review ! I've updated my profile with the location info in France ;) ... I'll check the energy efficiency threads - very keen about what is going on in the States !

Thanks !

At 6:42am on December 4, 2012, John Murphy said…

Hello Diane...

Thanks for the welcome.

At 12:03pm on December 2, 2012, Justin Lie said…

Thanks Diane for the welcome. This is such a great community and resource!

At 12:12am on November 12, 2012, Simon Craig said…

Thank you much Diane.. such a great online community. and thanks again for you kindly welcome.

At 12:10am on November 12, 2012, Selena Cowell said…

Thanks Diane.

At 3:07pm on November 11, 2012, Jean-Yves Milette said…

Thanks Diane,

I'm new to this site and I'm not computer savvy. I got a question for you.

A contractor just installed a sump pump with a french drain to waterproof an unfinished section of my basement. He used a waffle board along the walls to prevent any leak from the walls. I would like to finish this section of my basement but i"m not sure how to make my first floor joint air tight and at the same time ventilate the basement floor in case of radon gas. Where should I go for advises on this?

Thanks.

John

At 7:51pm on October 17, 2012, John Porterfield said…

Thx Diane,

Don’t know Sean Lintow of Best Practices, though I know Matthew Redmond.  I want to ask you the same question I asked Matt:

I fear EFFECTIVE is something that may be overlooked as people suppose BEST PRACTICES are sufficient (necessary, yes . . . sufficient, no).   Will EFFECTIVE get lost in Best Practices, especially as regards doing effective air seal and insulation?

Seems like insulators need a spot to share their solutions to problems, much as occurs at heatinghelp.com.  Wife Cheryl and I do lots of follow-up inspections & here’s how we see the “Real World of Install” :

In our audit and follow-up independent guidance, and more-so looking at work people have had done before we are on-site, we estimate that, on average, people get about 70% of what is being paid for in programs that include an audit and follow-up inspection, and less than 70% of what is being bought in private work, outside of programs.  It's hard to figure out a percentage since some work is completed as agreed  but done poorly, some partly done, and in some cases payment is made for work that is entirely missing.   From the installers view I think we'd venture the biggest problem of having something less, or different than what the installer bills for is simply reality: it’s difficult to "ace" air seal and insulation work. 

Also, I’m bizi & want to know what’s involved w/ a group.  Once started, what does the “starter” do?

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