Photo credit: BARA
By Christina Koch
I spent seven years in publishing for the green-building industry before joining the staff of Qualified Remodeler in 2010. During my green-building days, I had interviewed Steve Easley of Steve Easley & Associates, a building-science consulting firm, about the Not So Big Showhouse he was building with Sarah Susanka for the 2005 International Builders’ Show.
Easley and I got reacquainted when I joined QR, and he suggested we partner again on publicizing another show house that could be toured during the 2012 IBS. This time, the house would be a remodel and the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Department of Energy’s Building America team, the Building America Retrofit Alliance, would be involved.
Easley; the BARA team; Rob Heselbarth, QR’s editorial director; and I held several meetings to discuss how best to publicize the cost-effective energy-efficiency retrofit strategies taking place in the traditional home located in Windermere, Fla. We decided to kick off our partnership with an article about the retrofit strategies in the December issue of QR, page 42, which also appears here. Then, we wanted to use the web to our advantage by compiling videos, short introductions to Building America and BARA, and a pre-recorded webinar on this dedicated web page.
The show house opens for tours during IBS, Feb. 8-11, 2012. Watch for tour times here. In the meantime, we’ll be updating this page with more content so you can watch this energy-efficiency remodel take place and integrate some of its strategies into the way you do business.