January 31, 2017
A version of this article appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
Eric Martin explains how, through systems integration, heat pump water heaters can be used to reduce space-conditioning energy while saving lots of water-heating energy. This year, Martin celebrates 20 years of employment at the University of Central Florida’s Florida Solar Energy Center. He says, “I never imagined reaching a 20-year milestone when I started at FSEC as a graduate student.”
What you didn’t know about him: “Outside of family and work, surfing continues to be my passion.”
Joseph Peterson tells us not to overlook window fenestration products when we do energy-efficient upgrades on older single-family homes. “In certain situations, it’s ideal to do work with differing retrofit technologies,” he says, “than to do a complete replacement of the primary window.”
What you didn’t know about him: “Before joining the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, I had no experience or interest in energy efficiency.”
For Scott Pigg, a principal researcher at Seventhwave, research comes as second nature. Of course, some projects are more memorable than others. Amusingly memorable for him is the day he spent measuring how much the temperature of the shower water drops between the showerhead and the drain—“field research in the buff!” he jokes. In this issue, Pigg explains how air sealing without mechanical ventilation can adversely effect indoor air quality.
What you didn’t know about him: “Before getting into energy efficiency, I spent four years building trail suspension bridges in the remote Himalayas of Nepal.”
Author Liz Robinson argues that the national Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) is the perfect vehicle to incorporate an ongoing “weatherization plus health” approach. “If we build the interface between building science and medical science to solve the housing problems that are literally making low-income occupants sick, we will produce deep energy savings and reduce health care costs into the bargain,” she says. What’s not to like?
What you didn’t know about her: “My first career idea was to be a jazz singer.”
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