BuildingEnergy 2014: Stump the Energy Nerd, Part 1

Stump the Energy Nerd: In his presentation at NESEA's Building Energy 14 conference, Martin Holladay combined entertainment with education

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Recorded at the demonstration stage at NESEANorth East Sustainable Energy Association. A regional membership organization promoting sustainable energy solutions. NESEA is committed to advancing three core elements: sustainable solutions, proven results and cutting-edge development in the field. States included in this region stretch from Maine to Maryland.'s Building Energy 14 conference in Boston on March 5, 2014, Martin Holladay answers questions from the audience at an event called “Stump the Energy Nerd.”

Martin responds to questions about:

  • solar thermal systems,
  • PVPhotovoltaics. Generation of electricity directly from sunlight. A photovoltaic (PV) cell has no moving parts; electrons are energized by sunlight and result in current flow. systems,
  • net-metering contracts,
  • insulating old buildings with load-bearing brick walls,
  • insulating old buildings with clapboard siding,
  • the cost to build low-energy buildings,
  • condensation in double-stud walls, and
  • window replacement.

Apr 21, 2014 8:42 AM ET

Response to Greg Smith
by Martin Holladay

I have no plans at this time to visit the Midwest. My next public speaking engagement is scheduled for Friday April 25, 2014, in Montreal, Quebec. I will be speaking in French.

In most cases, my speaking engagements are announced ahead of time on GBA (either in a news story or as a post on the Q&A pages). So if you read GBA regularly, you should hear about these events.

Apr 21, 2014 8:18 AM ET

by Greg Smith

Thanks Martin.

Would there be anyway to find out if you are going to be in the local area ahead of time?

Apr 19, 2014 9:28 AM ET

Response to Greg Smith
by Martin Holladay

I'm glad that you found that the video was fun. Here is a link to one of the sessions from last year: Stump the Energy Nerd 2013, Part 1.

Q. "Do you ever travel to the northern middle part of the country for these types of Q&A?"

A. I am occasionally invited to speak at conferences related to green construction or energy efficiency. When my schedule permits, I accept such invitations -- usually two or three times a year.

Apr 19, 2014 8:30 AM ET

Martin, Thanks for sharing,
by Greg Smith


Thanks for sharing, that was fun and informative.

Do you ever travel to the northern middle part of the country for these types of Q&A?

Apr 18, 2014 10:03 PM ET

by George Hawirko

We all know that OSB s not a good choice, it's a cheap choice. In western Canada we know that OSB on northern exposure walls may not last very long, and maybe a bit longer on other exposures. But if you don't value money health, and time, ignore what I just said.

On the Windows quality, its the glass sealed units that I see failing the most. Fiber Glass and Aluminum frames can last the longest without much maintenance. If you need to paint a quality Acrylic pain will last the longest, often after 20 years they look brand new.

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