Contributors: September/October 2014
While writing this month’s article, Elliott was reminded how very important it is to create business success in the construction of energy-efficient homes. “By creating success and accountability at the monetary level, we can encourage other builders to adopt better building techniques,” he says. While Elliott thinks it’s amazing to see how far home performance has come in the last 30-plus years, he also knows that we have to persevere in our quest to make the services we promote fully market viable.
What you didn’t know about him: “Each day I aim to be of service to something greater than myself. I have a daily routine that includes a morning meditation, and I don’t watch television.”
Tribal weatherization programs have come a long way, but there’s still a lot to be learned. “It’s taking a long time to break through the myths and get the word out about the whole-house approach,” says Herren. For the families that she’s seen receive weatherization benefits, it’s not just about being warmer—it’s about surviving and thriving. “Weatherization keeps on giving long after the work is done.”
What you didn’t know about her: “My first career goal was to become a cartographer. I still gather maps, study them, and plan trips. My parents said I was fascinated with maps because I was born in the backseat of a car. But that’s another story.”
No doubt about it: Home performance work can be messy, but with the right team, it can also be done in a noninvasive manner. While writing this month’s article about just that, Moore learned that big savings can still be achieved while keeping the home’s occupants in place.
Conducting noninvasive retrofits with a healthy payback is just one piece of home performance that’s evolving to incorporate homeowners.
Still to come? “More information on system performance overlaid with better controls and automation,” says Moore.
What you didn’t know about him: “I love exploring the mountains of Colorado.”
Bob Scott is the director of energy services for the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP), which made him the perfect author for this month’s look at our industry’s weatherization programs over the past 30 years.
Like most home performance programs, weatherization is often misunderstood. “The most common misconception is probably the degree of technical sophistication,” says Scott. “Few understand the whole-house and diagnostic approach until they see it.”
What you didn’t know about him: “My home brewing and home winemaking will soon be making a major resurgence.”
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