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LETTERS 1250 Addison Street, Suite 211B, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510)524-5405 contact@homeenergy.org www.homeenergy.org ________________ IN MEMORIAM Bion Howard had been the Home Energy “Software Guru” and wrote regular columns about the use of software in home perfor-mance and renewable energy for close to ten years (see, for example, “Solar-Design Tools for Green Building” Solar and Effi ciency Special Issue ’07, p. 36). News of Bion’s passing saddened us but also gives us a chance to celebrate his contributions to the home performance community. Here are some tributes from some of the many people he touched: “I worked with Bion in 1997 on a project for the Alliance to Save Energy to build what was likely the fi rst online home energy audit. Bion was the engineer and developed a complex spreadsheet to estimate energy usage and savings from simple homeowner inputs. We then took these and put together a web application called Home Energy Checkup. To my great delight and a testament to the value of what Bion created, the ap-plication is still online (http://livingeffi ciently.org/resources/ home-energy-checkup-tool). Personally, the experience of working with Bion shaped my career in energy effi ciency. The tools and techniques we used to collaboratively transform an engineering analysis into a tool accessible to a homeowner are ones I use to this day. The Home Energy Checkup project led me down a road to do similar work with clients such as the World Resources Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and Al Gore and informs my work at Performance Systems Development." Eric Woods Chief Architect Performance Systems Development Senior Executive Editor Executive Editor Editor Assistant Editor Design & Production Manager Design Associate Technical Editors Alan Meier Iain Walker Jim Gunshinan Macie Melendez Kate Henke Leanne Maxwell Henry Gifford Steve Greenberg Chris Stratton Contributing Editor Steve Mann Copyeditor Irene Elmer Writers This Issue Chris Baker, Lee Chilcote, Ron Conner, Rick Mayes, Kathy Price-Robinson, Paul Raymer, Lisa Rinkus, Ted Shoemaker, Matt Schwoegler, Jacob Talbot, Bill Taylor Publisher Advertising & Marketing Manager Marketing Intern Controller Office Manager Fulfillment Manager O ffice Assistant Tom White Carol A. Markell Mark Barroll Jan Elkington Maggie Forti Alana Shindler Toni White Advertising Home Energy requires all advertisers to provide documentation to support any claims of product effi ciency and performance contained in ads. We welcome companies involved in residential conservation to join this select group. It includes manufacturers of conservation materials, tools, instrumentation, computer software, and effi cient appliances, and providers of technical services, training, and labor. For advertising rates, contact: Carol A. Markell, Home Energy , 1250 Addison Street, Suite 211B, Berkeley, CA 94702. Tel: (510)524-5405, e-mail: CAMarkell@homeenergy.org. 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Performance Systems Development ACI Scientifi c Certifi cation Systems Building Performance Institute Editorial Advisory Board “Bion stayed on the cutting edge. I would get somewhere and there would be Bion. He was supporting the early development of energy ratings. He was supporting the early development of the Energy Star new homes program. He was supporting the early development of green building standards. He brought to these endeavors a rigor that was important at these early stages when the vocabulary we use today was still mostly undefi ned. His infl u-ence was very broad by being at so many of these beginnings. And I was happy to get to see an old friend again and again.” Greg Thomas CEO Performance Systems Development Home Energy (ISSN 0896-9442) is a bimonthly publication of Energy Auditor and Retrofitter, Incorporated, 1250 Addison Street, Suite 211B, Berkeley, CA 94702. 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LETTERS

Eric Woods

<br /> IN MEMORIAM<br /> <br /> Bion Howard had been the Home Energy “Software Guru” and wrote regular columns about the use of software in home performance and renewable energy for close to ten years (see, for example, “Solar-Design Tools for Green Building” Solar and Efficiency Special Issue ’07, p. 36). News of Bion’s passing saddened us but also gives us a chance to celebrate his contributions to the home performance community. Here are some tributes from some of the many people he touched:<br /> <br /> “I worked with Bion in 1997 on a project for the Alliance to Save Energy to build what was likely the first online home energy audit. Bion was the engineer and developed a complex spreadsheet to estimate energy usage and savings from simple homeowner inputs. We then took these and put together a web application called Home Energy Checkup. To my great delight and a testament to the value of what Bion created, the application is still online (http://livingefficiently.org/resources/ home-energy-checkup-tool).<br /> <br /> Personally, the experience of working with Bion shaped my career in energy efficiency. The tools and techniques we used to collaboratively transform an engineering analysis into a tool accessible to a homeowner are ones I use to this day. The Home Energy Checkup project led me down a road to do similar work with clients such as the World Resources Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and Al Gore and informs my work at Performance Systems Development."

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