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2014 Habitat X Journal

Journal_cover_2015We publish the Habitat X Journal each year in conjunction with the Habitat X Conferences. This edition was released in July 2014 at the Summer National Conference at Chico Hot Springs, Montana.

Authors in this issue include Nate Adams, Ryan Boswell, Chris Dorsi, Seth Godin, Heather Higinbotham, Amory Lovings, Steve Malon, Casey Murphy, Joe Medosch, Jeffery Moore, Bill Spohn, Brad Turner, J West, Larry Zarker, and others.

You’ll find an wide-ranging set of articles here — academic reports describing research projects, editorial columns advocating for the most important industry initiatives, economic summaries penned by business owners, and technology updates from the people that design and build homes. What do these articles have in common? They all address topics that we believe could change how you approach your industry.

If you have expertise you’d like to share in the Journal, consider submitting a proposal here.

Southface, After All These Years

A report on the success of a highly effective industry player, by Brad Turner of Southface Energy Institute.

“Southface is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote sustainable homes, workplaces, and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. My efforts at Southface largely focus on the education pillar of our mission.

Among other projects, I manage the Southeast Weatherization and Energy Efficiency Training center (SWEET), a U.S. DOE Weatherization Training Center (WTC). We were the second WTC in the country to earn accreditation by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), and in January of this year we became one of only eight training centers in the country to have achieved IREC Accreditation for all four Home Energy Professional Training Programs: Energy Auditor, Retrofit Installer & Technician, Crew Leader, and Quality Control Inspector.”

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Southface, After All These Years

The New Nexus of Health and Energy

An industry vision statement and plan for action, by Larry Zarker of the Building Performance Institute.

The New Nexus of Health and Energy

A Regional Framework for Sustainable Development

A program update from community activist Heather Higinbotham of the Bozeman Climate Partners.

A Regional Framework for Sustainable Development

Big Data Offers Big Solutions

Habitat X faculty members Joe Medosch and J West explain why this group of new technologies is about to change the effectiveness of the home performance industry.

Big Data Offers Big Solutions

Excel at Advanced Diagnostics

Chris Dorsi and J West share a practical set of guidelines – won by hard experience – to help you keep your wits about you when the testing gets tough.

Excel at Advanced Diagnostics

YesHaus: Perhaps the Best Future of Housing

Visionary builder Duke Elliott tells about the success and challenge of building truly sustainable homes – pre-fab style – in Bozeman, Montana.

YesHaus: Perhaps the Best Future of Housing

Anatomy of an Analyzer

An engineer’s tour through the components of a common combustion analyzer, lead by Bill Spohn of TruTech Tools.

“It’s an odd relationship we have with technology. We regard each new invention with the awe it deserves, and then somewhere along the line we begin to regard the miracle as something normal, and we take it for granted…”

Anatomy of an Analyzer

To the Insulation and HVAC Industries

Chris Dorsi builds a case for why we’ll all benefit from greater cooperation among the building trades. Casey Murphy responds by showing us how EPA is helping move the entire country towards more honest-to-god quality installations with their Energy Saving Verified Installation (ESVI) program. And Steve Malon, of the High Performance Insulation Professionals, tells how his organization focuses on the ongoing education of tradesmen to move their industry towards better practices.

To the Insulation and HVAC Industries

How One Guy Sells Home Performance

A blog post with commentary, written for consumers by Nate Adams of Energy Smart Home Performance.

“You’re probably here because you’re trying to fix a problem with your home. And you’ve probably found a lot of confusing and conflicting stuff from all around the web.You may also have a healthy geek-streak in you, since you are, after all, reading a post called The Science Summary.

Your inner geek will be well fed here, and hopefully you’ll understand a little more about the science behind the problem you are trying to solve…”

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How One Guy Sells Home Performance

 

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