The Energy Audit-Energy Costs

Most of the energy audits and assessments I conduct are because of a high bill complaint.  Some homes have heating related issue, some have specific equipment adding to costs, some, the homeowner just needs a little education.  When looking to decrease energy costs,  where are the best places save?  The Department of Energy has categorized and estimated the energy used by the typical American home…

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Mechanicals-Heating fuels

There are many fuel options to choose from for heating a home.  Natural gas, if available, is currently one of the cheapest.  I’ve also seen fuel oil, propane, electric, wood, and even city produced steam systems heating homes in Northern Minnesota.  They all have advantages and disadvantages.  Today, I am going to discuss heating fuel costs and heat outputs. Continue reading “Mechanicals-Heating fuels”

Building Science-“Breathe”

In this blog, I’m going to discuss building tightness and the code dealing with air leakage.  The 2012 International Residential Code for One and Two-Family Dwellings is the current code in force for the state of Minnesota at the time of this blog.  Chapter 11 deals with energy conservation, what most in the building industry call the energy code.  The code on building air leakage states: Continue reading “Building Science-“Breathe””

Northern Built – An Introduction

Hi, my name is Randy Williams, welcome to my first ever blog.

I spend a lot of my time thinking about and working in the construction industry. I started in 1996 as an apprentice electrician working for my brother before becoming a state licensed journeyman electrician in 2000. In the late 1990’s, I helped my dad, who had built several homes and commercial buildings for himself, started a new home for his sister. In 2005, my dad, brother and I started a company called Willcon Inc, short for Williams Construction. We officially became a licensed building contractor. I learned a lot about the construction industry in those first few years.

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