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Job Posting – We’re Hiring!

Position: Certified Energy Advisors

Job Locations (Ontario): Ottawa, Perth, Belleville/Prince Edward County, Peterborough, Orillia, Deep River, North Bay, Sudbury, Manitoulin, Sault Ste. Marie.

Are you passionate about helping builders, designers, renovators and homeowners to reduce their carbon footprint and save energy? Are you ready for a long-term career with a company dedicated to making a real difference through healthier, more comfortable, affordable and sustainable homes?

Homesol Building Solutions has openings for Certified Energy Advisors to help deliver both new and existing home energy efficiency consulting services, including EnerGuide Rating System (v.15), ENERGY STAR, R-2000, LEED, Passive House and Net Zero Homes.

Applicants ideally already have a valid NRCan Certified Energy Advisor number qualified to deliver EnerGuide Rating System v.15, and have submitted at least 10 house files to NRCan in the past 2 years (or equivalent experience), OR must be able pass the new NRCan Foundations and Energy Advisor exams within 60 days of being hired (training materials provided, your exam fees will be refunded if you pass). Competencies to be successful in this job include:

•Site Safety
•Client Communications, Report Writing and Computer Skills (HOT2000, Outlook, Word, Excel, SketchUp)
•Geometry and Numeracy
•Building Envelope Assemblies (Air Barriers, Insulation, Windows, etc.)
•Basics of House Construction and Renovation Methods, incl. current building codes
•Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems
•Building Science and the “House as a System” Approach
•Blower Door Testing
•The EnerGuide Rating System v.15
•HOT2000 Modeling in v.11 including Upgrade Recommendations
•Homesol’s Code of Ethics, Employee Handbook & Quality Assurance Procedures

Previous HOT2K energy modeling, blower door testing experience and familiarity with energy conservation and green building principles preferred. Applicants should be physically fit, able to climb ladders and carry equipment. Must have good English oral and written communication skills and interact well with builders, designers, trades and homeowners. Own cell phone, reliable vehicle, good driving record, proof of car insurance and criminal record check are required, willing to travel regularly to jobsites within 120 kms. of home. Trustworthy and able to work independently, yet not an independent subcontractor. Candidates should possess high standards, good time management and deliver accurate results.

No “self-employed” subcontracting, no on-call piecework, we’re simply not that kind of company. Unlike our competitors, Homesol is committed to meeting the Employment Standards Act and beyond, providing fair wages, predictable hours, income security, vacation and holiday pay, EI coverage, employee group benefits and insurance package, equipment, training, and vehicle allowance; we don’t expect our Energy Advisors to have to pay their own expenses or carry any of our cost of doing business. As a Certified B Corp we believe in being an ethical employer.

Initial job responsibilities include:

  • Conduct residential energy evaluations
  • Prepare and provide reports and labels to clients
  • Organize, update and submit electronic file documentation

This is an entry-level position involving lots of site visits and blower door tests. Additional training, continual professional development and long-term employment prospects will be provided to successful candidates.

Ninety-day training and probationary training period. Base salary after 3 months depends on demonstrated experience, competencies and qualifications. Substantial room for career advancement.

We can change the world, one house at a time. Join our team, fight climate change, reduce energy poverty (including in First Nations communities), and help deliver advanced new and existing homes built with respect for seven generations.


How to apply:

Please send your CV stating your aptitude, related qualifications and relevant work experience, with a Cover Letter outlining why you feel you’re a good fit for being part of Homesol’s team, to:

Ross Elliott, President

e-mail: relliott mask homesol.ca

or mail to: Homesol Building Solutions Inc., 53 Herriott Street, Suite 202-B, Perth, ON K7H 1T5

Find us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HomesolBuildingSolutions

Training materials link:   https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ce03ihm4ygsvo7r/AAAxNP0he3VpFMqTKV_DcyO-a?dl=0

Exam scheduling link: https://nrcan.ysasecure.com/

Homesol is an NRCan Licenced Service Organization and an equal opportunity employer.

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Sustainability: It Doesn’t Cost the Earth

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Done right, sustainable building choices will save you money, help the environment and add value to your home. Why on Earth settle for less?

Residential, commercial and institutional buildings can easily enjoy fresh, clean air and comfortable temperatures year-round, with a substantial reduction in energy use over standard construction, while addressing water use, indoor air quality and environmentally-preferable materials.

Minimizing energy use is the key to reducing carbon emissions, and forms the foundation of green building and ecological design. It’s also one of the few upgrades that actually pays for itself and always grows in value over time. But how do you know how far to go, and how, and what results to expect in the end?

Homesol’s energy modeling, verification and certification services help make the invisible, valuable. We’re a local building consulting team with an international reputation, outstanding qualifications and over three decades of hands-on construction experience. If you are a builder, designer, homeowner or policymaker, we have solutions for you. Give us a call.

We don’t design, build, sell, install or endorse any products or services, nor do we receive funding from other sources, we simply deliver precision building science and stringent quality assurance as your  unbiased third-party advisors, looking out for your best interests and the success of your projects.

We help YOU to design and build energy-conserving buildings. Nobody does it better.

  • ENERGY STAR, LEED, R-2000, Net-Zero. Passive House
  • Blower door testing, verification, labeling & certifications
  • Residential energy modeling & ratings
  • Green building assemblies, products and equipment specs
  • HVAC and hot water systems design & selection
  • Hygrothermal & thermal bridge analysis
  • Energy or Ventilation Design Summaries & F-280-12 heat loss / gain reports
  • Building-science-based professional advice & training
  • Home Energy Assessments

Homesol provides better building solutions for today’s more sustainable and energy-efficient homes.

For your best value in green building and energy conservation consulting,  contact Homesol Building Solutions today.

At Homesol, we’re committed to changing the world by transforming how we build and renovate homes. Read more about Why Homesol is your best choice.

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Soap Bubble Insulated & Shaded Greenhouses

The LivelyUp soap bubble greenhouse uses a dynamic foam insulation and shading system for a cold-climate permaculture solar greenhouse in McDonalds Corners, Ontario, growing organic produce year-round without fossil fuels. The world’s first successful hoophouse prototype was constructed by Ross & Kathryn Elliott of Homesol Building Solutions on Sept. 11, 2001, and operated continuously for over 5 years, to as low as -39C. The current 2,000 SF double-layer commercial greenhouse uses 30” – 60” of liquid bubbles, integrated with “Flying Concrete” end walls and rainwater collection for automatic drip irrigation of the compost / soil raised beds. A solar chimney provides no-power summer ventilation, with heat-recovery air exchange in winter. Future PV solar modules will make this growing environment self-sustaining, resilient, and net-zero energy.

Ross was involved in the construction of a “sola roof” bubble glazing research facility for Richard Nelson in 1985 in Montreal, based on previous work including an expired patent by Swedish inventor Zelon (US No. 3672184, June, 1972) for insulating shop windows with soap bubble foam. Professor John Groh at University of Arizona measured R3 per inch for soap bubble greenhouse insulation in 1968, while AHRAE research by Shamim & McDonald in 1995 measured R1 per inch. In 1995, Bill Sturm built a 12,000 SF tomato greenhouse with a soap bubble insulated roof in Calgary, Alberta and measured an 84% energy savings at -20 F. Research in 2006 by Ruth and Andy Lera in the Yukon demonstrated the economic superiority of this technology for northern climates. Freezing (liquid phase change) enhances thermal performance, overheating is eliminated, and natural lighting is unaffected, ensuring optimal year-round plant growth.

A presentation by Ross Elliott at the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) in Victoria, BC on August 23, 2002 put this technology firmly into the public domain, and all materials and equipment needed to build your own are available off-the-shelf. DIY plans, foam concentrate & bubble greenhouse design consulting are available from Homesol.

Transforming Northern Greenhouses

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Radon, silent killer?

Radon detector showing high levelsIt was a quiet beeping, sort of like a watch alarm, and at first I couldn’t quite place where it was coming from. The sound led me to my radon detector, which was showing a truly alarming 1,456 Becquerels of radioactive gas in my basement!

In Canada, the government has set 200 Becquerels as the maximum “safe” level of radon, so my house was positively glowing with radiation, at more than seven times over the danger limit. But my radon monitor had never shown such high numbers, what had changed to make my house so radioactive? The answer was easy and I’ll get to that soon, but let’s talk about why I have a radon monitor in my basement in the first place.

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Code Update: Fully Insulated Basements Are Coming Soon

Best Practices for Insulating Slabs & Footings

By Stephen Magneron, CPHC, Advanced Housing Specialist

Insulation under the slab is one of the most overlooked strategies in most homes built today. Not only does it help create a warm, dry, comfortable basement, but it will also save on heating bills.

Slabs can be from 10% to 30% of the heat loss surface area of a home, with townhomes on the lower end to sprawling bungalows on the higher end. Admittedly, the heat loss is less than that of the roof or the above grade walls that experience higher temperature difference between the indoors and outdoors. However, the ground’s constant temperature is around 10oC in the Ottawa area. Imagine if the temperature outside was 10oC all year round, 24/7, and your house was uninsulated. You would be either very uncomfortable or paying 24/7 to keep the indoor temperature at a cozy 20oC. It truly makes little sense that we’ve been upgrading all our other thermal assemblies yet commonly leave such a large portion of our building envelope completely uninsulated!

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ESNH Builders: Are ES furnace changes affecting your new homes?

By Abbie Coates, Building Performance Specialist

It’s recently come to our attention that some furnace manufactures have discontinued having their units ENERGY STAR-qualified. This poses some concern for homes enrolled in the ENERGY STAR for New Homes (ESNH) program, as an ENERGY STAR-qualified furnace may be required for certification.

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Combo/Space water systems in Energy Star homes

 

The new CSA P.9-11 Combo System Testing…what you need to know

What is it?

Third party testing of combo space/water heating systems accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (CSA). The performance metric resulting from the testing is known as the Thermal Performance Factor (TPF).

Which types of systems are tested?

The scope of CSA P.9-11 states that it applies to:

  • Forced-air or radiant packaged combo (heating and hot water combined) systems; and
  • Combo designs/configurations with heat inputs up to and including 87.9 kW (300,000 Btu/h) for boiler-based systems, and a maximum input up to and including 73.2 kW (250,000 Btu/h) for water-heater-based systems, that are intended for field assembly.

How does this affect ENERGY STAR Homes?

By September 30, 2014, all ENERGY STAR Homes using Combo heating systems must use products tested and listed as meeting CSA P.9-11

How do I know if my current system has been tested?

All qualified systems will be listed on NRCan’s website.