Free Ridership

Free ridership is a theory that has taken the energy code universe by storm. Perhaps by stormtroopers would be a better analogy. Free ridership basically is a theory that doesn’t give credit to beyond minimum performance- essentially saying, “You ar… read more

Murder in Miami: RE166 Proposed Energy Code Change

Energy code changes lead to interesting relationships, full of histrionics, hyperbole, and drama. Lots and lots of drama. Particularly around proposed change RE166. Lobbyists of all sorts come out to play, some misleading (Trust me, the name of my grou… read more


ENERGY STAR HVAC design is not hard, really…all that needs to be done is a proper Manual J, select equipment using Manual S, and design the duct system according to Manual D. Yet…we are constantly finding “a failure to communicate” between Raters and… read more

A Good Trainer

A good trainer is a rare find because many Train the Trainer programs often focus on teaching the mechanics of how to do a certain task, or follow a prescriptive formula for a specific program. That’s not what Train the Trainer programs should be-… read more

Green Job Training: Tasks or Thinking?

Green job training programs often focus on teaching students how to do certain tasks related to sustainability. The goal is to fill the student’s mind with facts and memorized behavior- and after passing a standardized test, we have a certified worker… read more

HERS Rater Training: Comparison of Styles

HERS Rater Training programs typically come in three styles: Jam, Cram, Regurgitate Let’s Do Something! Think About What & Why Most HERS Rater training falls into the Jam, Cram, Regurgitate model. The trainer presents information, the student… read more

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