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LETTERS 1250 Addison Street, Suite 211B, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510)524-5405 ________________ TRANSITION FOR A HERO OF WEATHERIZATION As many of you are aware, Eunice Herren retired from the Washing-ton State Department of Commerce after 12 years with the agency at the end of October 2012. Eunice became the fi rst tribal liaison for the weatherization program six years ago. Eunice’s personal experience with Native American culture proved invaluable as we explored ways to increase service delivery to Native American households, especially those living in Indian Country. Eunice brought passion and commitment to the position, as well as a calm determination to guide and facilitate both tribal entities and local agencies for better coordination and collaboration. She developed our fi rst tribal weatherization program, coordinated innovative competitive proposals, built a strong foundation for serving Native American house-holds, and provided technical assistance and quality improvements along the way. (See “Taking Weatherization to Native Americans in Washington State,” p. 40.) We are pleased to announce that Donn Falconer has been working with Eunice and transitioning into the weatherization tribal liaison po-sition after Eunice’s retirement. Donn has been with the Department of Commerce for three years in our Compliance Monitoring section. Donn was chosen for this role based on his experience working with the tribes, our local weatherization agencies, and his techni-cal expertise. Please join us in thanking Eunice for her invaluable contributions to statewide weatherization services and welcome Donn to his new role. Steven Payne Managing Director Housing Improvements and Preservation State of Washington Department of Commerce 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 David Bailey, Francisco DeVries, Mike Duclos, Paul Eldrenkamp, Eunice Herren, Kelley McKanna, Cynthia Ojczyk, Paul Raymer, Brent Stephens Publisher Marketing Intern Controller Office & Advertising Manager Fulfillment Manager O ffice Assistant Tom White 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. 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Performance Systems Development ACI Energy & Materials Consultant Building Performance Institute Editorial Advisory Board READER QUESTIONS COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF WEATHER STRIPPING Energy savings based on engineering models do not have a good track record for accuracy, tending to overestimate savings in real buildings. While the authors don’t explain how their savings numbers were derived, other information in the article suggests these savings are not measured, but are based on some sort of engineering model (see “Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip,” Sept/Oct ’12, p. 38). One might question some of the assumptions used in this study. The authors acknowledge that their estimate of HDD (heating degree-days) for Ithaca might be on the high side and I agree, but the more important assumption, which I suspect many will take issue with, is their cost of natural gas—$1.50 per therm. Gas prices were headed in that direction a few years back, but now, with Comparison of the two types of weather strip that were used. Institute Home Energy (ISSN 0896-9442) is a bimonthly publication of Energy Auditor and Retrofitter, Incorporated, 1250 Addison Street, Suite 211B, Berkeley, CA 94702. EA&R is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the dissemination of objective information on residential energy conservation. Yearly subscription rate: $75 for six issues. Canada and other foreign countries U.S. $90, payable by U.S. money order only. Subscribe on our web site at Periodical postage paid at Berkeley, California, and additional mailing office. postmaster: Send address changes to Home Energy, 1250 Addison Street, Suite 211B, Berkeley, CA 94702. Return undeliverable Canada addresses to: Station A, PO Box 54, Windsor ON N9A 6J5, e-mail: Energy Auditor and Retrofitter, Incorporated, gratefully accepts contributions from institutions and firms interested in promoting energy conservation. © Copyright 2013, Energy Auditor and Retrofitter, Incorporated. Energy Auditor and Retrofitter, Incorporated, grants authorization to photocopy material from Home Energy for internal or personal use under circumstances that do not violate the fair use provisions of the copyright act. For permission to reprint, write to the above address. Printed on recycled paper markets being fl ooded with gas from shale fracking, that assumed cost is less defensible. While these factors are important and raise serious questions as to the cost-effectiveness of this weatherization measure, they miss the main point—the big lesson learned over the last 30 years that prompts me to write this letter. www. 3

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