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ON THE COV ER : Rob Minnick, owner of Minnick's HVAC, Plumbing, & Insulation, stands proud in his company's state-of-the- ar t HVAC training facility in Maryland. Credit: Minnick's HVAC, Plumbing, & Insulation w w w. b u i l d i n g - p e r f o r m a n c e . o r g / j o u r n a l 1 24 Cold-Climate Heat Pump Dos & Don'ts An industry expert explains the common mistakes to avoid so that cold-climate heat pumps can achieve their potential. by Jon Harrod 30 Alterna ve Paths to Net-Zero Energy Homes Here is an idea: Let's make it possible for many more families to enjoy living in net-zero energy homes. by Bruce Eugene Davis 38 Notes from the Field: On-the-Fly Changes (aka As Built) A pro shares her experience with on-the-fly decisions and how they impact projects—for good and bad. by Karin Haerter 42 Gas and Oil Furnace Input—What is it Really? Furnace input may var y more than you think, and its accuracy can be especially useful. by Norman Bair 46 Using Surface Temperatures to Calculate Effec ve Insula on Levels Learn how three simple air and sur face temperature measurements can document insulation per formance in terms anyone can understand. by Tom Wilson features 2 EDITORIAL The Advent of the Post-COVID-19 Virtual Age 4 BPA NEWS Virtual Conference Roundup 6 SPONSORED CONTENT: HEAT PUMPS: GAINING GROUND IN COLD CLIMATES Xcel Energy 8 BUILDING PERFORMANCE TALK Guest Ellen Tohn, Principal, Tohn Environmental Strategies 10 DIGITAL NEWSROOM 12 BUILDING PERORMANCE COMMUNITY 14 CALENDAR front ma er 16 HVAC Quality Installation by Rob Minnick 20 COVID-19 and the Clean Energy Economy by Bob Keefe 22 The COVID Pandemic & Hope For Homes by Kara Saul-Rinaldi trends 53 BUILDING PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP Practicing Home Performance in Paradise with Grace and Corbett Lunsford 55 IN CASE YOU MISSED IT DOE Weatherization Assistance Program Update 56 CONTRIBUTORS back ma er contents S U M M E R 2 0 2 0 D i g i t a l E d i t i o n V o l . 3 7 N o. 2 buildingperformancejournal @BPAJournal

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