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E-M:/ Energy Home Seminar Series

Enviro-Mich message from "Molly K. Cole" <molly.cole@wmich.edu>

Energy-related Rehab Opportunities for Existing Homes
presented by Doug Ginn and Thom Knoll.
August 16, 6:30 - 8:30, room 1510 (Gallery room by the Tower entrance)
Kalamazoo Valley Community College on 6767 West O Ave in Texas Twp.
$6 at the door

Applying a "House as a System" approach, complex inter-relationships
between the house shell, mechanical systems and building occupants will
be introduced. Their experience with cost-effective insulation and
infiltration-reduction measures from US Department of Energy Low-Income
Weatherization Assistance will be highlighted. What was all the rage in
the early 1980's will be contrasted with current diagnostic practices,
sharing concerns about moisture, indoor air quality and how tight is
"too tight."

Materials and products available, and how to shop for them, will be
discussed. This will include insulation (cellulose vs. fiberglass),
sealing materials (caulk, weatherstrips, mastics), replacement windows
and doors (material, type, insulation, low-E, fenestration ratings and
installation methods), mechanical systems (furnace and boiler
efficiency, sizing, venting, make-up air, distribution system),
appliances (ratings, life-cycle costing, gas vs. electric DHW), etc

Information will be available on locally available products and
services, and how to obtain a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) audit,
and to achieve a Four Star Energy Rating.

Doug Ginn is a licensed mechanical contractor, and has performed
residential and commercial audits and home inspections throughout
southwest Michigan since 1980. A graduate of WMU's Environmental Studies
Program and Jordan Energy Institute, he is currently employed by
Kalamazoo County Human Development Bureau ( a Community Action Agency)
as Home Rehab Coordinator, involved in weatherization and residential
rehab. Thom Knoll is a licensed residential builder, and has been
involved with Michigan's Weatherization Assistance Program
intermittently since 1985. He is employed by Kalamazoo County Human
Services Department as Housing Development Manager.

For more information contact Molly Cole, WMU Environmental Institute at
(616) 387-2716 or <molly.cole@wmich.edu>

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