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What's a Spohn Home?

Bill & Marilyn Spohn built a high-performance modular home just outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Comfort, superb Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and a healthy living space were their leading goals.

In this episode of Building Better with Karen, via Offsite Dirt, Bill shares their experience of creating their "forever home" affectionately known as SunnyField. Many design elements resemble those used in a Passive House, and SunnyField is close to NetZero with onsite solar PV. Bill shares highlights of the journey - from finding a design team and local builder who understood how to meet their performance expectations, to working with a modular factory to execute the details, and now their ongoing data collection to evaluate the home's performance.

As an HVAC measurement and building performance expert, Bill was able to leverage his industry partnerships to incorporate advanced technologies into the home's features. He provides an overview of these systems, as well as the tools he is using for ongoing monitoring.

We wrap up our interview with a sneak peek into an exciting startup on the horizon, introducing a technology solution for contractors to provide better customer service related to electrification and overall better home performance features. I recommend listing their blog: #buildingbetterwithkaren #offsitedirt #spohnhome #highperformance #offsiteconstruction

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Great episode, Karen & Bill - good work!

Seems like it would be good to offer the "home energy data shark" service via some of the energy dashboards like Emporia View. I have done that kind of energy data review manually before, and enjoyed it. it also seems like an experienced energy data reviewer could partner with someone to train an AI to do routine monthly data checks. Need to set baseline parameters for each house and then be able to identify anomalies.

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