A. Tamasin Sterner posted a blog post
Consider turning attic fans on when checking for the worst case CAZ depressurization. The fan may be changing the pressure dynamics of the home in dangerous ways.While doing a comprehensive quality control visit, our Pure Energy final inspector…
May 8, 2017
A. Tamasin Sterner replied to Jim Tenhundfeld's discussion LED's and motion sensors
"Pure Energy has been installing LED bulbs for a while and have some experience with LED bulb brands and types, installation issues, customer acceptance, and bulbs that are the most successful with dimmer switches.  Pure Energy found LEDs are widely…"
Feb 5, 2017
A. Tamasin Sterner posted a discussion in Energy Auditing Equipment for Sale, Trade or to Purchase
Many of you knew Larry Armanda - A pioneer in the weatherization and home performance industry.  He recently made his transition into non-physical and I'm selling some of his tools and equipment for his wife.   Here is a brief list:  Flir E40bx…
Sep 14, 2016
A. Tamasin Sterner commented on Building Performance Journal's blog post The Real Women of Home Performance
"No worries, Susan!  Back in the days of Consciousness Raising groups, "women and woman" had many alternate spellings, including "wimmin", "womyn", "womon" and a few more. "
Jul 20, 2015
A. Tamasin Sterner commented on Building Performance Journal's blog post The Real Women of Home Performance
"So proud of you Amy!  Thank you"
Jul 20, 2015
A. Tamasin Sterner commented on Jim Gunshinan's blog post Let's Hear It for People Who Sweat and Get Dirty!
"The crusty Dutch man you worked with made me think of Groundskeeper Willie in The Simpsons.  Anyway, being one of those people who used to work more with my body in crawlspaces and attics, I agree with you - to some extent.  Many people treated me…"
Jan 31, 2014
A. Tamasin Sterner replied to Mike Kandel's discussion Did you know that changes have been made to BPI's BA certification upgrade criteria?
"We offer a course called Energy Retrofit Modeling and Work Scope Development to meet BPI's requirements of 6 CEUs in this topic toward the 30 CEUs for recertification and avoidance of exams.  BPI back pedaled and now allows 6 CEUs OR experience and…"
Jan 29, 2014
A. Tamasin Sterner commented on Allison A. Bailes III's blog post Words That Turn Home Energy Pros Into Building Science Dorks
"So right on, thanks for the reminder.  I also find this to be true:  Use "more" and "less" rather than "higher" and "lower" when talking about pressure or moisture or temperature.  And "fumes" when talking about combustion gasses.  And "separation"…"
Oct 22, 2012
A. Tamasin Sterner replied to Paul Raymer's discussion Protecting presentations in Trainers and Mentors
"Paul - We know what you mean.  Lately, our presentations are a mixed media show and PowerPoint is only part of the information/education.  So, it won't help anyone to see the slides without seeing the entire presentation.  In those cases, we say…"
Oct 9, 2012
A. Tamasin Sterner replied to Paul Raymer's discussion CO Testing for BPI in Tools of the Trade
"In the BA Standards under review.  You'll find what is planned.  These standards are not what folks are expected to know, follow, and test under however.  We're just looking ahead."
Feb 25, 2012
A. Tamasin Sterner replied to Patrick Michaelyan's discussion Insulating floors above basements with fuel-fired boilers\furnaces.
"In PA, where basements are rarely cooler than 55 degrees, insulating basement ceilings is typically a waste of money and time.  The Delta T is small.  Insulating the ceilings of ventilated crawl spaces makes sense."
Feb 14, 2012
A. Tamasin Sterner replied to Paul Raymer's discussion CO Testing for BPI in Tools of the Trade
"Paul,  Thank you for writing this clear description of the issue and the testing protocol.  Question:  What is the Action Level for CO-AF for natural draft appliances and gas ranges, and what is the recommended Action?  Thank you, Tamasin"
Feb 14, 2012
A. Tamasin Sterner posted a blog post
 I'm wanting to assess which tri-state BPI Affiliates are becoming BPI Testing Centers.  And, in order to not over flood the area with too many Testing Centers, I'm looking to pool resources. We have 25 test computers. This will keep costs down.  If…
Jan 15, 2012
A. Tamasin Sterner replied to Eric Sperline's discussion Residential ventilation levels
"A short and concise brief on this can be found at
http://www.waptac.org/data/files/Website_docs/Technical_Tools/PA%20...
 
as well as on our own website, www.PureEnergyCoach.com   Have fun!"
Dec 29, 2011
A. Tamasin Sterner replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Fixed Duct Leakage & now we have a dusty house? in Best Practices (Residential)
"I agree with Sean.  I'd test the entire distribution system again for leakiness, and then test return leakage and then supply leakage.  And, I'd check the pressure in each room with reference to the rest of the house or the outdoors to help figure…"
Dec 18, 2011
A. Tamasin Sterner posted a blog post
Does anyone know anyone who has had decreased health due to the installation of insulation materials?  I've been emailing back and forth with a man who had Atticat loose fill installed in two exterior walls.  He claims the odor is persisting and has…
Oct 11, 2011
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