Energy Auditing

Energy Retrofits Without Energy Audits

August 5, 2013
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    While some building folks have opined that energy audits are less than essential, I am admittedly biased. It is what I do. But it raises an interesting question: how could one do the work on a house and ensure air quality, warmth, comfort and moisture control without an audit? What minimum provisions would […]

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A Belated Energy Auditor New Year’s Resolution

May 20, 2013
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      The beauty of this title given my article backlog is that I can publish it any time, even next year. It’s multi-purpose. The folks at Maine Green Building Supply have been discussing the ‘Pretty Good House’ for several months now and I’ve had the chance to sit in on a few of […]

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The Worst House Ever Audited (Was Built in 2008) Part 3

March 11, 2013
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    To recap: Last post I started reviewing possibly the worst house I ever audited. The house had built in 2008, which hit one of my pet peeves: That new automatically means good. But to reiterate a buddy’s favorite saying, “a house built to code is the worst house you’re legally allowed to build.” […]

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The Worst House I Ever Audited (Was Built in 2008) Part 2

March 1, 2013
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    Last post I started reviewing possibly the worst house I ever audited. There have been others with a similar magnitude of issues. But this house had built in 2008, which some folks thinks signifies no worries. But to reiterate a buddy’s favorite saying, “a house built to code is the worst house you’re […]

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The Worst House I Ever Audited (Was Built in 2008) Part 1

February 27, 2013
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    OK, maybe THAT house wasn’t built in 2008. One thing apt to set my teeth on edge as an auditor is when folks casually assume that a new home won’t have energy problems or be inefficient. I was just discussing some marketing with a friend, who casually dropped that weatherization and efficiency work […]

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