Heating a home can be a troublesome
and costly endeavor during the winter months, especially if a home isn’t built
to conserve energy. Luke Howard is a building science specialist from the
Washington State University Energy Program and spoke on KMXT’s Talk of the Rock
yesterday about his upcoming presentation in Kodiak. He was joined by Sun’aq
(shoo-naq) Tribe of Kodiak’s Resource Conservation Manager, Tom Lance.
was hired by Sun’aq to conduct an energy audit of its tribal offices and help develop
conservation strategies for the building. During his time in Kodiak, Howard
decided to also provide two workshops for home and building owners to learn
more about making those spaces more energy efficient.
-- (Energy Conserve 1 :42 “We’re going to focus on teaching … can
be quite extreme.”)
said the main way to measure a space’s efficiency is by conducting an energy
audit. He said the audit can vary based on the energy rater performing it. Some
require more elaborate equipment than others, but all will involve a walk
through by the rater.
-- (Energy Conserve 2 :49 “Well,
you do a lot of physical ... in the bathrooms.”)
advanced equipment includes infrared light cameras, which show where heat is
concentrating, or escaping in a home. In general, Howard said there are a few
things people can do to make a space more energy efficient without hiring an
energy rater to audit their home.
-- (Energy Conserve 3 :37 “Well I think probably the
most … from coming in.”)
will discuss energy conservation and indoor air quality for building industry
professionals at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning at the Sun’aq Tribal Center’s large
conference room. The three hour presentation is free and open to anyone
interested in learning more. He will also host a second presentation for home
owners at 7 p.m. tomorrow night in the board room of the Koniag Building
on Near Island. That presentation is also free and open to the public.