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This week we launched a new course, “ASHRAE 62.2 Ventilation for Single-Family Dwellings”, for Fall 2015. To understand why this course is special, you need to meet the A+ team. Rick Karg has been on the ASRAE 62.2 committee since 2007 and heads the existing dwellings group. The Home Performance Coalition has been running the ACI Conferences since 1986 and  works with BPI to set data collection standards. Home Energy Magazine is a non-profit that takes a systems engineering approach to pumping out great content on residential comfort issues. We feel lucky this team wants to work with us. We’ll be putting in a lot of work this summer to make sure we deliver a great course starting in October.

Here’s a little more background on each of the partners involved with this course:

Home Performance Coalition – Ever Heard of the ACI Conference?

HPC_Logo_240x240The Home Performance Coalition was forged by the merger of Affordable Comfort, Inc. (ACI) and the National Home Performance Council (NHPC). I know the organization best for the ACI Conferences that happen annually at the national level, with several regional conferences happening throughout the year. The first Affordable Comfort conference was held in Pittsburgh in 1986, and was developed as a meeting to share ideas about making homes energy efficient, comfortable, and affordable without putting residents—or building structures—at risk. That gathering, which included utilities, weatherization and government agencies, and nonprofits, became an annual event and in 1992, ACI was officially incorporated as a nonprofit organization. In addition to the national conference, ACI recognized the need for regionally-focused educational content that addressed the unique home performance and weatherization challenges in the country’s varied climates and began presenting regional conferences in 1994.

Home Energy Magazine – Shoots Straight With No Hype

he_logo_taglineHome Energy Magazine’s mission is to disseminate objective and practical information on residential energy efficiency, performance, comfort, and affordability. It is the only magazine that thoroughly covers residential comfort issues from the only approach that really works, systems engineering. Most of Home Energy’s editorial content comes directly from the people researching and employing innovative design, building, and remodeling practices and products. They are the experts using the latest and best building techniques, with an emphasis on implementing sound building fundamentals and curing sick buildings. The organization remains a nonprofit company devoted to getting information out to the public.

Rick Karg, Residential Energy Dynamics – ASHRAE 62.2 is his game

RED logo roof and leaf only transparent backgroundResidential Energy Dynamics (RED) is at the forefront of building diagnostic procedures and calculations in North America. Hundreds of analysts have used their software for over twenty years; thousands have received their building diagnostic training.

Rick is the company’s President. He received his M.A. in economics from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio in 1972. He taught economics at New Hampshire College and spent ten years as a building contractor before beginning his long career in the residential energy field.

He has worked with the DOE low-income weatherization program on national and state levels, is a frequent presenter at national energy conferences, has worked with gas and electric utilities, writes curricula, standards, and codes. Rick has been on the ASHRAE 62.2 committee since 2007, and serves as an editorial adviser for Home Energy magazine. He has been developing and marketing software for residential energy analysts since 1995.

Rick has developed and sold the ZipTest Pro3 software package for residential building diagnostics since 1994 and developed the ResVent 62.2 app in 2010 for the implementation of ASHRAE 62.2 residential ventilation standard.