Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Conversations with Bryan 3/21/12, GET EVERYONE IN
PLEASE GET THEM ALL IN.
I keep running across Insulation and "air sealing" work that is visually appealing, it seems beautifully done. When I inspect the energy bills I scratch my head. Then when I run my fan and inspect the work these jobs are no longer visually appealing, the rim joists and attic crawls are leaky as heck. The boat is sinking faster than the Titanic.
We need a program where the incentive to participate is so great that everyone is IN. A program that spreads building science knowledge virally throughout the trades. A program that will teach these "I've got 30 years experience, I know what I'm doing" guys that the energy results tell a different story, that they've got 1 years experience 30 times. That when it comes to saving energy they are amateurs. We need everyone competing on results, or the cheap guys with ineffective but pretty looking work will win too often.
GET THEM ALL IN.
Instead of a program contractors want to avoid, one that corrupt program guidelines force them to game their one call sold jobs into "getting projects to pass," we need a program that tracks results so contractors understand how well or poorly they really are doing and rise or sink on results. A program that encourages solution sales thoughtful design rather than one call stuff down their throats product sales.
SIR 1.01 is an incredibly corrupting guideline. It forces everyone who wishes to run jobs through the program down a path of no return, particularly if they are using the one-call approach. This PSC requirement has had disastrous consequences, forcing CSG and contractors to go down the path of "just making small tweeks". Well, small tweeks eventually become malignant cancer.
Tracking my project results has proven to me that true TREAT models accurately project saving on comprehensive projects. CSG has so fully committed to the path of abandoning truth in TREAT that modelling no longer has any basis in reality. NYSERDA is somewhat complicit, with the "minimum number of projects" rule. Untrued or otherwise gamed models project savings that have no basis in reality.
I've been struggling to find any natural gas projects with SIR. We need a program that is not exclusionary. A program with energy savings based incentives, not SIR based. PSC wants to pay for energy savings, make the program energy savings based, not project cost based.
As I said all last year, bad modelling with be catastrophic as On-Bill progresses. Now we find ourselves at a crossroads of conscience. Very soon your opportunity to take a stand on this corruption will be behind you. At some point not taking a clear position against this evil will be the same as sanctioning it, something that can not be explained away.
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POST SUMMARY: Momentum for market transformation exists. Many contractors now understand how "sell a product" did not deliver, we've learned building science and can now "sell solutions" that deliver. Infrastructure to deliver accurate energy savings needs to go to the next step so we no longer have to sell a "blind buy" to the consumer. Transparency of realization rates.