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From Construction to Making Homes More Livable

July 21, 2010 - 3:14pm

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Barry Moir has seen the ebb and flow of the construction business. After working nine years in museum construction, he lost his job and started the challenging process of finding work.

With a background that also included rehabilitating homes, Moir found an opportunity as a building performance specialist with weatherization service provider ACTION, Inc., in Gloucester, Mass.

Compared to his previous work, Moir says, "[ACTION] is much more satisfying. We can do a much more thorough job where we don’t have to leave things undone due to funding."

Moir was one of two new hires with the nonprofit which has weatherized than 230 homes through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. In total, Massachusetts received $122 million from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Weatherization Assistance program through the Recovery Act.

Auditing satisfaction

In any given week, Moir usually audits three to four homes and currently has 60 projects in various stages of weatherization. He follows a detailed check list and uses specialized equipment to determine home’s insulation and various other needs. His work allows the agency’s weatherization technicians to determine energy inefficiencies, some of which are due to old wiring and out-of-date heating systems.

Even with his construction background, ACTION provided Moir with additional training on weatherization techniques and equipment, including a combustion analyzer which determines carbon monoxide levels in a house. 

"There is a real satisfaction in helping people and making them not afraid of their heating bills," Moir says. "To know you can help make that home more comfortable, it’s really a wonderful feeling."

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