Do you have a “sick” house?
Clarksville - Nashville, TN.
Well “Beck” just slammed the weatherization community by pointing out another one of our fantastic Obama appointments!
One of the chief personnel in the Department of Energy (who most energy auditors quote extensively) just stated that we need to attack the weatherization issue with SWAT teams across every neighborhood of the United States!
Sounds like some great marketing stuff that people propose around here?
Well it turns out that her husband is the number one (alleged) window manufacturing companies CEOs in the United States.
There’s no conflict of interest because she disclosed it at the bottom of a 27,000 page job application.
As we all don’t know, Windows do not cause most of the air infiltration or energy loss problems in our homes. It’s the old window framing and the building structure or that allows the most air infiltration into the house. Also, the HVAC air duct systems leak probably about 60% or better. The 30% that the Department of Energy claims is way below what I see on a daily basis.
So if you’re considering energy audit work, it doesn’t seem like it’s panning out very well. At least at the government level.
I decided to break down and “relearn” everything that I learned in a degree program in college and practiced for 41 years and attend a BPI course in Nashville Tennessee. Well guess what? Not enough interest and the course is canceled.
Another point of interest is I decided to take a wild hair endeavor and call the local low income housing people in my locale who are advertising “become an energy auditors/contractor” on the home inspection state licensing board website.
It turns out that they do not recognize any of the national education programs to be, “certified in the entire state of Tennessee” in regards to low income housing (which I really don’t want to go to without a sniper back up anyway)!
Turns out you must be TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) educated and certified. I was directed to their site. Upon arrival there is a notice that all classes have been completed and they will put me on a list if they need us in the future.
Another government contact indicated that they are not advertising the government programs because they would be overcome with requests and could not fulfill the obligation.
What!? So where is this government Bull Crap coming from for new jobs in the green industry fields?
There are 18 sub-controllers controllers for the money given to the state of TN for weatherization projects throughout the state. No jobs available!
So it looks like I will stand by my position and not be certified for any reason, mostly because I don’t need certification in the first place.
As you all know I do thermal imaging and the blower door and duct blaster facilitates diagnostic imaging well below the 20° temperature differential required to do normal testing. This equipment also overcomes the natural building pressures that prevent adequate identification of thermal anomalies to be identified during an IR only inspection…
Before you go out and spend all that money on equipment and training and expects a turnaround on your investment, as Peter Russell has already informed you, do your homework!
Things are not working out as predicted.
Oh Gee whiz, as if that’s news today?!