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From EFI’s About Page:
EFI was incorporated May 25th, 1982 by six non-profit energy organizations with the purposes of helping those member groups and other organizations economically purchase quality conservation products and assisting the public in using energy resources efficiently. EFI’s office was in downtown Framingham, Massachusetts, shared with the social service agency South Middlesex Opportunity Council. Inventory was stored in a small basement room. Initial customers consisted of EFI’s member groups and low-income weatherization programs primarily funded with U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Weatherization Program Assistance (WAP) dollars. Bradley Steele, the Executive Director of People’s Energy Resource Cooperative (PERC), one of the member organizations, was appointed President. In 1983 EFI organized its first successful coordinated bid for a state-funded weatherization program involving its six member organizations and another fifteen community action agencies, and EFI hired its first part-time employee, Janice Scoppa, in 1984.
In 1985 some of EFI’s member organizations collaborated and won a bid to operate a Department of Energy (DOE) approved Residential Conservation Service (RCS) energy audit program for Boston Edison. The audit program was unique in that it was the first RCS program in the country to include the direct installation of products in people’s homes during the audit, and to provide contractor arranging for customers wishing to undertake major measures. In 1986 EFI designed a mail order materials program service for the households that received one of these Boston Edison energy audits. The success of this mail order materials program led to it being mandated by the Massachusetts State Energy Office for all RCS audit programs in Massachusetts, and in 1988 EFI designed the first residential lighting mail order catalog program in the country, promoting compact fluorescent light bulbs and fixtures.
From 1988 to 1990 Bradley Steele and other members of EFI’s Board of Directors were involved in regulatory proceedings that led to the adoption of least cost planning, or integrated resource management (IRM), for electric utilities in New England. This process, labeled the Collaborative Approach, and the program design that came out of it, became the model for many demand-side management (DSM) programs that have been implemented across the United States.
EFI has since grown to become one of the leading promoters of residential energy efficiency-related products in the United States, distributing products directly through our Consumer and Wholesale Divisions, and administrating high-quality utility-sponsored rebate programs through our Incentive Processing Division.
Hi – I’ve read much of what you said and would really like to hire you- would you do a consulting job in Cleveland Ohio?
I had to remove all of the ductwork in my attic and all of the insulation, all of the insulation into crawlspaces remediate for mold, remediation for rodent damage. I’m exhausted and dealing with close cell foam Offgassing issues. I’m tired of making mistakes I really want to do the rest of what I do correctly.
I have two furnaces one in the attic one in the basement. The basement system needs to be replaced. The attic system is having all new ductwork put in. Then insulation to follow. And I am very concerned about the venting of the attic spaces of which there are three different unique spaces. And, the crawlspaces have all been foam sealed. Without any outside air added and we are having health issues already. I contacted a representative of the foam manufacture to test whether the foam was properly installed. Replacement of the basement HVAC system with proper outside air should be done as well and I want to plan that properly. The foam was installed April 14,2018 and the New ductwork and blown in cellulose has not yet been installed in the attic spaces .
Thank you for the offer, but I no longer take clients. I’d be happy to help you find someone in your area.
Really sorry to hear about the issues you’ve encountered. Foam is usually great but there have been instances where the chemical mixture has been wrong leading to improper curing and offgassing issues. I hope your contractor is at least going to do right by you on getting that fixed.
Your concerns about proper ventilation are well founded, especially in a foamed home. Foam is extremely effective at air sealing so ensuring adequate fresh air for your home is very important. In our area, it’s a requirement for insulation contractors to test how air-tight the home is after doing jobs like this and ensure proper ventilation.
If you had mold issues in the attic, and you removed the insulation, this is definitely the time to air seal the space. This should alleviate future moisture related issues in the attic. Definitely needs to be done before blowing in cellulose because after that it will be next to impossible to do the air sealing.
I’ve done a little research for companies in your area that look promising for this type of consulting. Explain your situation and say you’re looking for a company that can provide consulting services to guide you through this difficult situation. I’m always a little leery of companies selling other services (like HVAC, insulation etc.) however some full service companies are worth talking to. I hope this helps.
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