Allison A. Bailes III, PhD Founder of Energy Vanguard – Is Energy Efficiency Compatible with Good IAQ?

Air Date: 7-26-2013| Episode: 293


Dr. Allison Bailes has figured out how to put his PhD in Physics from the University of Florida to its best use. His is the founder of Energy Vanguard and his companies mission is to turn houses into high performance homes…

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Dr. Allison Bailes has figured out how to put his PhD in Physics from the University of Florida to its best use. His is the founder of Energy Vanguard and his companies mission is to turn houses into high performance homes. They do this by teaching building science to professionals and homeowners, helping energy raters succeed, designing high-performance heating and air conditioning systems and helping manufacturers, government agencies, and other businesses with building science research projects. He also writes the popular Energy Vanguard Blog.

Prior to starting Energy Vanguard Dr. Bailes started off on the traditional academic path but found that wasn’t enough for him. When he decided to build his own home in 2001 it was the start of a career that has taken him from performing energy rating and working on high performance homes to one of the premier energy efficiency and green building organizations in the country Southface Energy Institute. After working with Southface and sharpening his skills he went back to being an entrepreneur and started Energy Vanguard

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Allison Bailes III, PhD was our guest on today’s episode of IAQradio. Allison’s company mission is “to turn houses into high performance houses”. He’s in the top 1% of LinkedIn influencers.

Nuggets mined from today’s broadcast:
• Improving energy efficiency and improving indoor air quality need to be considered and done in tandem.
• Improving IAQ isn’t free, there are initial and ongoing costs attached to it.
• Opined that improvements in HVAC equipment is lagging behind other building materials and products.
• Home leakage testing determines the total size of the leakage area.
• A downside of building tighter living enclosures is the need to add supplemental dehumidification.
• Energy raters need to understand moisture management. Current training emphasizes training on health and combustion safety.
• Energy Efficient Mortgages require a good energy rating.
• ASHRAE 62.2 debate, according to Joe Lstiburek the problem isn’t the HVAC equipment it is the over ventilating. There are smart people in all fields who don’t agree. You need to decide who you trust.
• Energy Recovery Ventilators don’t provide dehumidification. Heat Recovery Ventilators can dry homes when it is cold outside because they bring in cold dry air and exhaust more humid indoor air. Desiccant wheels provide superior dehumidification performance.
• To achieve his top 1% profiles on LinkedIn, he posts good content that interested parties will respond to and participate actively in groups. Visit www.energyvanguard.com

Dieter, you need to consider how to best distribute the clean air for ventilation that is being drawn into the building.

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Today’s Music: “Ventilation Blues” by Rosie Flores

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