Optimizing Home Performance

Optimizing Home Performance!  

Thursday: Home Performance at the Seattle Renewable Energy Meet-Up

Home Performance Washington members David Bangs, Callie Ridolfi and Dan Wildenhaus are presenting at the Seattle Renewable Energy Meetup Group this Thursday.


What: Optimizing Home Performance
When: Thursday June 23rd, 7pm to 9pm
Where: First Presbyterian Church –[masked]th Ave in Seattle
How to find us: Corner of  Madison and 8th. One block SOUTH of Town Hall, downtown Seattle, WA.


Join three presenters on home energy efficiency and green job creation: David Bangs, Callie Ridolfi and Dan Wildenhaus.  David, Callie and Dan know that energy efficiency and renewable energy are both essential parts of a complete home energy solution, and will strive to make their presentations as interesting as possible to Renewal Energy experts and advocates.


David Bangs, president of the Home Performance Collaborative, will give an overview of the home performance process and current opportunities in the industry. He will share how Seattle Community Power Works initiative is at work in central and southeast Seattle.  This program combines new City Light Rebates,  Carbon Reduction Incentive Funds and an On-Bill financing program to incent home performance assessments and upgrades.  He will also discuss other industry opportunities, including home performance lending products and a new initiative to encourage remodelers to include energy upgrades with every project.

Callie Ridolfi, Managing Director of EcoFab (www.ecofab.net) will speak on green job creation /workforce development. Ecofab provides development and energy conservation services for sustainable homes and neighborhoods. It is a social enterprise providing technical assistance, project management and consultation for buildings designed to be durable and energy efficient homes. Ecofab supports skills training and workforce development in home performance and construction.

Dan Wildenhaus, Senior Building Scientist at Fluid Strategies, will  demonstrate some equipment and techniques, such as “Blower Door” diagnostics and Infrared Thermography.

Dan will also participate with David and Callie in a Q  & A session to ensure that all your questions about home performance and industry opportunities are answered.

Why all this conservation / energy efficiency talk when we are a Renewable Energy Group?  Here's why: After reducing your total energy usage through efficiency measures your  installed renewable energy system will now cover a larger portion of your total energy picture.


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  • Christybgi

    All three speakers acknowledged how rapidly the Building Analysts industry has formed. Now there are many small businesses, access to technical knowledge and a trade association!

    I learned that independent contractors selling a product (insulation, heating technology and windows) show only one point in a whole house system. On the other hand, Building Analysts (Energy Auditors) give your building a Home Performance or whole systems assessment looking at air quality to temperature comfort.

    EPA says that indoor air quality can be 5x more polluted that outdoor.
    HomeWise is a free weatherization program: http://www.seattle.gov/housing/homewise/
    EcoFab's mission is to create jobs for people that want to get into the field: http://www.ecofab.net/ (Call Heather @[masked] - she'll help a homeowner walk through their options)
    Home Performance Washington http://www.homeperformancewashington.org/
    SCL has REBATES!

    June 24, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sooo much information, and all good. We should repeat this in 6 months.

    June 24, 2011

  • Christybgi

    In just a few short years energy auditing has become an accepted efficiency practice. What caused this shift and how can you participate? Join us Thursday evening to hear from the new collaboration of energy auditors and how this industry is creating green jobs.

    June 20, 2011

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