Bud Poll replied to Mark Thomas's discussion Performing home energy audits in Rhode Island
"Well glad you are not one of the newbies (as I was) thinking they could provide a service to home owners and make a living doing so.  Our government decided that isn't what they wanted.  Unfortunately I have no information on RI, but in Maine I have…"
Aug 2, 2017
Bud Poll replied to Mark Thomas's discussion Performing home energy audits in Rhode Island
"Hi Mark,
I doubt you are going to like my answer but it is going to be really tough to crank up a profitable energy auditing business with the amount of competition already out there, and many of them have years of field experience.
First, this…"
Aug 1, 2017
Bud Poll replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model
"In most areas a stand alone energy auditing business cannot compete with companies who will give the audit away in hopes of getting the more profitable renovation work.  If they someday mandate 3rd party independent energy audits then perhaps we…"
Feb 2, 2017
Bud Poll replied to SolyMoly, Inc's discussion Online access to utility Bills - Before Energy Audits
"Hi Solymoly,
Utility bills are always added information that can be considered, but we can't rely on them as home owner activity and desired temperatures can vary widely. 
On a recent heat loss evaluation I asked the oil company if they could give…"
Jan 24, 2017
Bud Poll replied to Martin Newmark's discussion What were R-value requirements of various code versions?
"Hi Martin, that's a tough question.  It is tough enough to determine which of the more recent codes any jurisdiction is following.  Here in Maine they only recently adopted a state wide code program and even that has its exemptions.  I could…"
Dec 14, 2016
Bud Poll commented on Jan Green's blog post Attic sealing versus effective system balances
"In terms of traditional r-value Icynene is rated at r-4 per inch for open cell and r-4.9 per inch for closed cell, per their web page.
http://www.icynene.com/en-us/products/commercial/product-portfolio-USA
I checked InSEALator's web page and did not…"
Sep 12, 2016
Bud Poll commented on Jan Green's blog post Attic sealing versus effective system balances
"Are you combining the cellulose with the Icynene?  4" of Icynene doesn't add up to r-50, I don't think.
Bud"
Sep 12, 2016
Bud Poll commented on Jan Green's blog post Attic sealing versus effective system balances
"You are caught in the middle.  You will need to either move your total insulation to the bottom of the roof deck or go back to a ventilated attic.  Now again, I'm caught with my northern thinking, but leaving or a layer of insulation at the ceiling…"
Sep 12, 2016
Bud Poll commented on Jan Green's blog post Attic sealing versus effective system balances
"Hi Jan,
If the attic space was previously vented, then adding the spray foam to the bottom of the roof deck, plus probably sealing any venting, has now brought the attic and it's smells into the conditioned space.
I'm in a cold heating dominated…"
Sep 12, 2016
Bud Poll replied to tedkidd's discussion Dear DOE, PACE sucks - please fix or make it go away...
"Thanks Ted,
It has been awhile since they tried Pace in my community and it did not go very well.  I admit i haven't and will not need to review their program as it is being offered now, but what I saw was a lot of extra requirements for work that…"
Aug 22, 2016
Bud Poll replied to Larry Nissman's discussion Foam insulation on attic floor
"You have a BD, that's good.  IR would add another star.
@Larry "I would have to think they removed the existing insulation but you never know"
Looking at their foam job I wouldn't expect they did a lot of cleaning up.
I agree with the basement as a…"
Aug 5, 2016
Bud Poll replied to Larry Nissman's discussion Foam insulation on attic floor
"The contractor that did that should have his toys taken away.
To answer your general question, applying rigid or spray foam to an attic floor would follow the normal rules of ensuring any surface that can come in contact with humid air must always…"
Aug 5, 2016
Bud Poll replied to Larry Nissman's discussion Foam insulation on attic floor
"Hi Larry, what a mess.  Give us your climate zone so we know outside temp and humidity.
Did you do a blower door test to see how tight the building is,  I'm wondering where else he might have used that foam?
What is in the basement, dirt floor,…"
Aug 5, 2016
Bud Poll commented on Paul Scheckel's blog post Gas vs Induction Cooking Energy Comparison
"Hi Paul and thanks for the post.
I have been following induction cooking for awhile and may give it a try as you did.  One of my interests will be finding one with controls that allow me to set both temperature and time.  Hate to say it, but I do…"
Jun 14, 2016
Bud Poll replied to Diane Chojnowski's discussion Poll: What is you favorite or most important home performance diagnostic or measurement tool?
"Hi Diane,
I voted, but the most important diagnostic tool in my bag has always been my IR camera.  Part of what makes it valuable is the interpretation of what it sees.  Where there are many new low cost IR cameras coming out, they lack the training…"
Jun 14, 2016
Bud Poll replied to Diane Chojnowski's discussion Poll: How old is your blower door?
"Hi Diane, not a lot of action on the question at hand.  I would encourage others to vote and comment.
I had sold my original blower door and some of my equipment when health issues looked like I was out of business.  Health much improved so picked…"
May 15, 2016
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