Allison Bailes is the founder of Energy Vanguard and author of the Energy Vanguard Blog. His company is accredited by RESNET as a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) QA and training provider, and is also a BPI Test Center. He spent 9 years teaching before moving into the home performance field. His blog might be the most well-known energy blog in the world.
“Dr. Bailes is a well-known troublemaker and a general pain in the ***.”
~ Joseph Lstiburek, PhD, PE
7:30 am – 8:00 am: Sign in, breakfast provided
8:00 am – 10:00 am
- 61 things we should ban to improve homes
- Why did painters refuse to paint insulated houses in the 1930s?
- Tuning your home inspector goggles with building science
The Building Enclosure
- The building enclosure is the bathtub
- Air leakage – the oft-ignored problem
- An air barrier is not a product
- Don’t caulk the windows, and other winterizing myths
- A quick look at insulation types
10:00 am – 10:15 am: break
10:15 am – 12:00 pm:
- The importance of installation quality of insulation
- A grading system for insulation installation quality
- A fiberglass insulation manufacturer gets serious about installation
- Is compressed insulation really so bad?
- Understanding R-value – and the many ways it can be calculated
- Flat or lumpy – does it matter with insulation?
- The diminishing returns of adding more insulation
- Four pitfalls of spray foam insulation
- Does spray foam need a thermal or ignition barrier? And what’s the difference between them?
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Catered lunch provided
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Heating and Cooling
- The heating & cooling systems are the faucet
- An overview of heating & cooling – equipment plus distribution
- The fundamentals of good HVAC design
- When is a high-efficiency furnace not?
- What does a heat pump frost over?
- Does a gas furnace dry out the air?
- How do air conditioners and heat pumps work?
- Heat pumps in Minnesota? Sure!
- How NOT to use your heat pump thermostat
- Don’t set your air conditioner’s thermostat like this
- Do programmable thermostats save energy?
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: break
3:15 pm – 5:00 pm:
- Does the Nest learning thermostat save energy?
- Will shading an air conditioner save money?
- The duct that wasn’t, and other common problems in forced air duct systems
- Door undercuts, jumper ducts, and other ways of returning air to the system
- Does closing vents in unused rooms save money?
- A house doesn’t need to breathe – People do!
- The 3 whole-house ventilation strategies
- Do you really need to run the bath fan in winter?
- Common problems with ventilating a house in cold weather
- Don’t let that attic suck – the problem with powered attic ventilators
5:00 pm: End
June 2018: members-only meeting
Where: The Family Handyman, 2915 Commers Drive, Suite 700, Eagan
Topic: Plumbing vents, island vents, and a tour of the Family Handyman Studios
Speaker: Gary Wentz of The Family Handyman and Reuben Saltzman
July and August:
We don’t have these meetings dates scheduled yet, but we’re already looking for chapter members to present for the summer meetings. Attendance is typically lower during the summer, so we don’t invite guest speakers to come in. We’re looking for chapter members to volunteer to teach. If you have a topic you could present on, please get in contact with Reuben at email@example.com.