Advancing Home Performance House By House

January/February 2008
A version of this article appears in the January/February 2008 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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January 04, 2008
A small home performance company is growing by leaps and bounds by providing something of value to all it's customers - including an education in home performance.
As the new associate editor for Home Energy magazine, I was assigned to cover a blower door test at the home of the magazine’s managing editor, Jim Gunshinan, in Walnut Creek, California. Was this to be another case of the cobbler’s shoes, or would the results be unexciting? The house looked pretty sound from the outside, with its moderate size and modern doors and windows. I arrived by bicycle at the house, on a peaceful, tree-lined street, to find Advanced Home Energy’s well-stocked biodiesel truck in the driveway. Company President Ori Skloot was directing his two coworkers to prepare the house for a blower door test by using blue painting tape and cardboard to seal the registers and the attic door. All of them had removed their shoes out of respect for the home and this added a refreshing element of polite comfort. Meanwhile, Skloot explained all the steps of a home performance test process to me and answered my questions in lay language. I found the claim that’s made on the Advanced Home Energy Web site to be true: “We keep you thoroughly educated and informed every step of the ...

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