May 29, 2009
I’ve officially taken a seat on the New Green Economy bus. Ended several years as a self-employed carpenter/remodeler about a month ago, and I’ve gone to work for a company in the energy-efficient-building trade. The first step in this direction for me was late last year, with a bit of state-sponsored training that certified me as a ‘building analyst professional’ with the Building Performance Institute, a New York-based organization that has had the U.S. lead in this field for a few years. Now I’m crawling around in people’s attics & crawlspaces every day, examining HVAC & related equipment as if I knew all about it (a lot to learn in this dept.), informing folks that here, here, & here — surprise! — their houses are blowing a lot of the heating & cooling dollars they spend into the outdoors, and developing a new intimacy with expanding foam sealants.
So far, enjoying it all thoroughly. Blogging, though — with reading & what creative exercise there was, generally — has suffered more than I’d like. Hoping to recover something here before long.