I worked on the editorial staff of Home Energy magazine for nearly 7 years before I made the decision to leave in 2017 to pursue a freelance writing career. And now I’m back! Don’t worry, my freelance writing career is still happening but I’m also revisiting something I’ve greatly missed: the building performance industry.
When I first knew I wanted to be a writer I was in high school. There was something about writing, and eventually editing, that simply felt right. I’ve been writing and editing for various mediums for nearly two decades now. You name it, I’ve been involved in it: daily newspapers, community-funded newsletters, consumer magazines, trade magazines, children’s books, parenting books, online training, video scripts… the list goes on. My love of the written word doesn’t have a niche, but of all the people I’ve worked with over the years, the community and the industry that impressed me most was this one.
Building performance is filled with genuine, kind, intelligent people who all work hard to make a positive impact on our environment, our health, and our world. That’s incredible. All of this is to say that’s why I’m back. I reached out to the Building Performance Association (BPA) late last year and told them I’d read about their new publisher, Bob Krell, and a new direction for the magazine…and I wanted in. Luckily, they’ve given me the chance and I’m happy to be back as the Building Performance Journal’s Managing Editor.
If you’re not fully up to speed, Home Energy magazine has officially rebranded itself as the Building Performance Journal as of the first of this year. Hopefully you’ve also read Bob Krell’s blog, “A New Chapter Begins” as it explains in more detail about how the Journal will be different and what will stay the same. Of course, you can still expect credible, technical content, but we’ll also be doing some new things with media that we haven’t done before. Things like video interviews, real-time social media integration, and deepening our connection with our audience here on the Home Energy Pros Forum. This year we’ll be publishing quarterly—both in print and digitally—with these special media features added to our digital edition.
We’re also simplifying our focus as a membership-exclusive publication for the BPA. Every issue we’ll strive to cover six big topics:
We’ll also be represented at all of the BPA conferences, including the Northeast Regional Home Performance Conference & Trade Show happening in just a couple of weeks in Saratoga Springs, New York. If you have questions about membership, visit the BPA membership page here.
My job as Managing Editor will be to work with the rest of our editorial staff, our publisher, and the media team at the Building Performance Association to ensure we meet our goals. That includes ensuring that we’re covering all of the topics that most impact your job as a building performance professional. You’ll be hearing from me a lot on this blog too.
I’m thrilled to be back in this industry with all of you and I encourage you to reach out as we move into 2020 with a new plan, new ideas, and a new name.