Thursday, December 23, 2010

Alaska Energy Rating with Kyle Lepping

We signed up with the State last May for an energy audit rebate.  The State will reimburse people with $325 for the audit and up to $10,000 more for implementing projects recommended in the audit.  Someone had recommended a good rater, but he said we had to get on the State list and there was a wait.  We were something like 1200th on the list. 

Well, in November we finally got on the list and Kyle Lepping's firm (the one that had been recommended) was notified and we set up a date.

I'm not sure what I was expecting, but I wasn't quite prepared for all that happened.  He brought all this equipment in.  I thought the telescopic ladder (next to the red case on the bottom right) was very cool.  He also had a smoke generator so he could see which way the draft was going.  the frame goes on the door way with a plastic cover, then he took a fan out of the red case and used it to depressurize the house so he could see where leaks came in - around windows, electrical sockets, etc. 

Here's Kyle in his vest of many pockets and gadgets, and his nifty head lamp checking in the garage.

Throughout he acted as though being middle of the clutter wars was perfectly normal. 

He had his BPI Patch on his shoulder.  Their website says:

We are a national standards development and credentialing organization for residential energy efficiency retrofit work – providing training through a network of training affiliate organizations, individual certifications, company accreditations and quality assurance programs. As an independent, not-for-profit organization, we bring together leading building science experts from across North America to develop our standards using a consensus-based methodology.
The result? Sustainable, green-collar jobs in local communities that improve the comfort, health, safety, durability and energy efficiency of America’s existing houses.

Kyle said there were only a few BPI certified contractors and raters in the state.  Federal energy loans which are coming up in the future will require certified contractors to do the work, but the State program doesn't.

Here he has the front door open and is using the frame to hold the plastic in place and the hole is where he's about to put the fan.

On the video he explains a bit what he's doing and then explains his report at the end.  I've left about five minutes of the report and then cut off the rest.   [I'm having trouble uploading the video.  I'll add it when it works later.]

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