People don't know what they don't know. Those who have some knowledge need to train others.
Chatsworth, CA (PRWEB) April 27, 2012
Progressive hosted the monthly meeting of NARI Los Angeles recently at the Progressive Learning Center in Chatsworth. Aryn Siebers of CSI: Construction Services & Inspections spoke of the benefits of whole house performance to the NARI members gathered.
One of the guiding principles of whole house performance is the first step of reducing excess energy usage before determining how much energy needs to be produced for the house. This in keeping with the California PUC’s goal of all new homes producing as much energy as they use for a zero energy environment. The PUC hopes to accomplish this goal by 2020 with advanced insulation systems being the number one component.
Seibers also noted that every contractor needs to be involved in the process of educating consumers to the need for reducing excess energy use through whole house performance. Educated homeowners become wise purchasers of remodeling services.
Steve Anderson, President of Progressive, pointed to the great changes that are taking place in the building and remodeling industry, mostly mandated by state building code. Being required to do things differently doesn’t mean that either the contractor or homeowner thinks about why we are doing it differently. It is the responsibility of those who know to educate those who do not know.
Even though consumers tend to be price driven, when they see the connection of whole house performance to significant factors like health concerns or energy efficiency, they are usually willing to consider the story behind the connection. For example, it is helpful to know that the medical field actually prescribes home upgrades as a means of combating poor air quality in the home.
A growing group of respiratory therapists understand that poor indoor air quality contributes to asthma, allergies and other respiratory issues. Some homes have indoor air quality that is from three to five times worse than outside air. Those homes are like thermos containers holding in the worst elements to create a very low quality of living-space air, which can aggravate health problems.
The concepts of energy efficiency from whole house performance are new. Many are still trying to grasp the whole. That makes education the most important job. One of the compelling truisms that Anderson shares is, “People don’t know what they don’t know.” That means that those who have some knowledge about whole house performance need to take the time to train others, from partner contractors to residential homeowners, to see a different perspective.
Contractors and Partners interested in using the Progressive Learning Center for continuing education may call Progressive at 818.709.0988. Convenient location, parking and accessibility make the center an excellent resource for educational or organizational training.
The National Association of the Remodeling Industry is the voice of the Professional Remodeling Industry and the only nonprofit trade association specifically dedicated to the professional remodeling industry. NARI has 58 chapters nationwide and has enjoyed a sizeable growth period during the past decade. In 2000, NARI moved its national headquarters from Alexandria, Virginia, to Des Plaines, Illinois, and as the Voice of the Remodeling IndustryTM, continues to prosper.
About CSI:Construction Services & Inspections
Construction Services & Inspections (CSI) is a creative group of professionals dedicated to striking a sensible balance between economic and environmental payback that justifies energy retrofitting and green building solutions in the rapidly growing building performance industry.
About Progressive Insulation & Windows
Progressive Insulation & Windows is an Energy Upgrade California Participating Contractor and services Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura & Riverside Counties. Taking the lead in whole house performance and energy efficiency, Progressive has provided best in class service to hundreds of satisfied customers for the past 34 years. Check our reviews on Angie’s List. For more information on home performance visit http://www.ProgressiveIW.com or call 800-500-6200.