Contributors: July/August 2014

July 02, 2014
July/August 2014
A version of this article appears in the July/August 2014 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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Amanda Hatherly

“Training in the 21st Century: From Sage on the Stage to Guide on the Side”— p. 6

Plenty of new techniques for becoming a more effective trainer in the 21st century are discussed in Hatherly’s article this month, but there are some techniques that can be prioritized. If you’re a trainer who is going to choose just one new tool to incorporate into your lessons, Hatherly recommends video. “Being able to record quick videos with either screen capture software like Jing or Camtasia, or using a smartphone to record in the field, is a wonderful skill to have.”

What you didn’t know about her:
“I wrote most of this month's article while walking on a treadmill desk—I probably walked about 6 miles.”



Elizabeth Grant

“Adventures in Radon and Moisture Mitigation” — p. 20


Grant’s article delves into her personal experience with radon. “Even after teaching air quality concepts to architecture students, I really hadn’t considered the consequences of installing the drainage system in my own house,” she says. She hopes that her experience encourages all building professionals to think more holistically when changing conditions at the building slab and foundation walls, especially where radon is prevalent.

What you didn’t know about her:
“I am trying, through my teaching and research, to expose this generation of architects to the importance of mastering basic building science concepts.”

Heshmat Aglan

“Impact of Oil-Contaminated Floodwater on Building Materials” — p. 26


If there’s one takeaway from Aglan’s article, it’s that not all building materials can be effectively cleaned after a flood. “Restoration of drywall, for example, may not be advisable, and instead it should be replaced, especially after extended water exposure,” he says. While writing his article, Aglan also came across something of a surprise: that floodproofing is a misnomer. When there’s a flood, “the water will find its way into a building envelope, regardless of how much sealing and floodproofing has been done,” he says.

What you didn’t know about him:
“I enjoy spending time outdoors and am an avid deer hunter.”

Theresa Gilbride

“DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home Case Study—It’s All in the (Envelope) Details”
— Online


You’ll learn a lot about DOE’s Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) in this month’s online-only article from Gilbride, but there are some basics you may not know. For example, did you know that the ZERH program is free to builders? Aside from any fee charged by the HERS Rater, it’s completely free. It’s also nationally recognized and ties together many programs builders are already complying with.

What you didn’t know about her: “When I was kid I organized a neighborhood fundraiser to buy building supplies for the best fort in town. It was an A-frame with skylights.”

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