Thought and gratitude and to think and feel. In business, we so often are compelled to focus on what’s needs fixing, what needs doing. We don’t stop nearly often enough to step off the merry-go-round and give thanks. I’d like to take this moment to give thanks for a few things.
I’m thankful for:
The incredible, passionate, thoughtful and engaged EnergyLogic staff
The gifts that I’ve been given in life that have allowed me to pursue my dreams
The health that I enjoy
The companionship of my friends
My beautiful (on the inside and outside) daughters
My wife, who is my muse, my North Star and my love
My hope for everyone is that even in the darkest moments you still have things that you are thankful for. We EnergyLogicians wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Are you a rater, auditor, or installer who is thinking of advancing your career by obtaining a new credential? It’s been said that our industry has caught a case of certificationitis. And it is true that there have been a lot of new certifications within the last year or so. So how do you make sense of it all? Read on.
I received a large envelope in the mail recently. It was from the Building Performance Institute, informing me that I have been awarded the new Quality Control Inspector certification. BPI does a really good job when they award certification- including a letter, a nice color certificate, ID card, and even some BPI patches if you want to create your own swag. So, you can imagine that I was feeling a little bit of pride. But then, someone asked me to explain in plain terms what this would allow me to do and how it would impact my job.
I thought for a minute. As I did so, the wind in my sails subsided. The short answer is, absolutely nothing. At least in the short term, I won’t be doing anything any different than I was already doing. There is no new work out there for me, no new program that I can participate in today that I couldn’t already participate in. So why did I bother to obtain this new certification? I’ll get to that. First, I thought it would be helpful to outline some of the new credentials out there, how you obtain them, and how to determine if they would benefit your…
In the existing homes energy auditing world there is always the question of how to get the right information in the right context to the homeowner. Ultimately, our goal is for them to take charge of improving the comfort and efficiency of their home. If we lose them in industry jargon and tech speak, they won’t have any idea where to start. If they are confused, they will become disinterested in the process as a whole. All of the hard work we’ve done to gather the information will be lost as nothing will get done.
What I have found while working for EnergyLogic is the importance of talking to most clients in plain English, withholding the urge to speak in technical terms. If we speak too technically, we can confuse the homeowner.
Of course, this isn’t true for every homeowner. Some are very educated in the efficiency world, and to these we can speak in a more technical manor. But beware of the homeowner who knows everything. In these cases, let them speak their minds while giving them thoughtful “suggestions” along the way. Try to steer them toward correct information and away from the ‘radiant barrier sales pitches’.
During an audit we need to decipher the level of efficiency education every individual client has. Then we cater our communication style to that person so that they better understand what is needed to improve their energy efficiency. Communication is the most important aspect of an auditor’s job. Without the correct level of communication, we’ve not done our jobs correctly.
Home Energy Auditor
EnergyLogic, Inc. – Wyoming
During the week-long 2013 Habitat Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, with Habitat For Humanity – Metro Denver, EnergyLogic committed to sending members of our staff to work in the Globeville neighborhood. The goal of the project was to complete 11 townhouses and rehabilitate 15 homes.
I was signed up for Wednesday, October 9th, which was the day that the Carters and honorary sponsors Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood were in Denver. I was assigned to existing house #7 at the home of Mario and Phyllis Mora. Our lively crew finished re-siding and painting the Mora’s garage that day.
I’ve been asked by many friends if I met the Carter’s. Well, we sort of did get to meet them. Mid-afternoon, we stopped work early to return to the park where we had met for the early morning devotional ‘lesson’ from Jimmy Carter, and lunch.
Each ‘house’ gathered in a group with the homeowners at the park and when the Carters and Garth Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood arrived, they went from group to group for pictures. Later, crossing the park, Garth Brooks said to me, “Take care.” I looked around to see if someone else was behind me! They were all personable and funny and friendly.
It was exciting to see our former president, and to meet the honorary sponsors. The biggest honor is to be a part of this project, and seeing that we all made a positive difference for the Mora Family, and for our community.
Thank you, EnergyLogic, for allowing me to be part of this event!
Have you ever done a blower door test on a windy day and the reading jumps around? Kinda spooky sometimes what pressures can do to a house.
Some of the typical workarounds were to use the time average function, or set the blower door in a door to the garage (with overhead door open) and do your best to guess which reading you should take.
Those days are over! Earlier this year RESNET released changes to Chapter 8 that requires 5 baseline readings with time average of 10 seconds each and no more than a 10 Pa range in order for a test to comply with single point procedures.
Everyone should take the time to download the appropriate software for their equipment. You are not required to use the software if your tests meet the criteria above and your elevation is less than 5000 feet, and the temperature difference between inside and outside is less than 30 degrees. Otherwise you are required to use a RESNET approved software program for adjustments to your results.
If you ever come across these scenarios it would benefit you to comply with RESNET and download the software to your computer and think about how this fits in your process. The following are the most commonly used programs approved for RESNET testing. If anyone has other suggestions please feel free to provide…
These programs will also have the ability to run the above single point test automatically and take the thinking out of doing the baseline readings. This will streamline your process and make sure you’re prepared for when the single point is not allowed due to windy conditions.
In the case that a home fails the single point criteria you have many options. Here are a couple:
You can run the multipoint test with an automated setup using your computer and various connections. A report is issued with an adjusted CFM50 based on the results.
If the automated test is not an option (for whatever reason), you can manually take the required CFM results at various pressure readings in accordance with the RESNET procedures. Then manually plug those readings into the software to get your adjusted reading.
Please see the attached 2 pager on this procedure from the RESNET standards HERE. I’d recommend printing this out and including it in your kit if you don’t have the right setup for automated multipoint.