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A little over two years ago, I wrote a blog post about what it means to be a building scientist in the energy efficiency industry; a couple of months later, I blogged about trying to...
Last week in Antarctica, researchers spotted a rare, nearly all-white leucistic Chinstrap penguin. Although not nearly as adorable as this penguin, I have to say that I feel a special kinship with him.   You see, I work in PECI's Engineering & Technical Services group, which affords me the opportunity to work with a lot of incredibly smart engineering and technical people... lots of fellow "numbers" people like myself...
There is a village, once every two years, where you can not only see, but take a tour of, 20 of the world's most technologically advanced and energy efficient high-performance homes.  This village is not, as you might imagine, at Epcot Center (although who doesn't love a spin through Spaceship Earth) or at the highly-publicized World's Fairs.  This magical village appears on the National Mall in Washington, DC, for the US Department of Energy's biennial Solar Decathlon. Started in 2002, the Solar Decathlon was founded by the DOE to demonstrate the...
What is building science, anyway? I get this a lot. When I tell people that I’m a Technical Manager for Building Science at PECI, I’m usually met with confused looks and further inquisitions about what my job entails.  The words “building” and “scientist” are not exactly used together very often in practice, let alone in conversation.  Things get even more complicated when I explain that I have an architecture degree.  And when I’m talking to fellow architects, more blank stares… how exactly am I working with buildings but not designing them? First, let’s cover the basics. Building science,...