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Tiny House, Tiny Energy? Part 1

Author: Kevin Beck
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July 08, 2017

This is part 1 of a two-part series on Tiny Houses. For those who are seeking to reduce their carbon footprint by living in a super energy-efficient house, the choices have been limited to a small ... [continue reading]

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Tiny House, Tiny Energy? Part II

Author: Kevin Beck
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August 30, 2017

This is part 2 of a two-part series on Tiny Houses. Another concern with building and living in a tiny house that could affect the health and safety of the occupants is the potential moisture generation ... [continue reading]

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Mentoring—The Importance and Necessity of Passing On Skills and Knowledge

Mentoring—The Importance and Necessity of Passing On Skills and Knowledge

Kevin Beck

When I was a 12-year-old-boy growing up in southern California I spent most of my free time working at the family-owned lumber and hardware store that my grandmother had started in 1920. While my friends were out riding their bikes or heading to the beach to flirt with girls under the warm So-Cal sun, I was driving a forklift unloading trucks and placing the units of lumber in neat stacks one atop the other in our ... [continue reading]

Build Light

Build Light

Kevin Beck

After I hung up my tool belt from contracting after 25 years, I had an itch to teach others what I knew and had learned—good and bad. I was eventually hired by a small but effective non-profit in San Francisco called Build It Green. They had a green building professional certification program for builders and industry professionals as well as a pretty darn good green labeling program. [continue reading]

Concoctions, Elixirs, and Potions, Oh My!

Concoctions, Elixirs, and Potions, Oh My!

Kevin Beck

When I first got into home performance contracting back in 2003 in the San Francisco Bay Area, we were one of two companies trained and certified on home performance diagnostics and remediation. We were out there trying to convince our clients that we had the tools, technology, and knowledge to help them make their homes more energy efficient, more comfortable, and safer to live in. It was as much a tough sell back then as it ... [continue reading]

Training is an Investment, not a Commodity

Training is an Investment, not a Commodity

Kevin Beck

When I first caught the home performance “bug” in 2003 I had to train myself how to do all this stuff. Sure, I had an advantage, being a contractor and home builder for the 30 years but, for this new industry, there were no mentors to turn to so that I could learn the proper techniques on how to remediate homes to make them more livable and energy efficient. [continue reading]

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