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Many of you know Mike Resech from Residential Science Resources. Mike, a Colfax Wisconsin native, is the New Homes Program Manager for RSR. RSR is a full service energy consulting company serving utility companies, builders, and homeowners.
Q: Where did you get your training?
A: I attended the University of Minnesota and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from the University’s College of Design. I then went on to focus on the technical aspects of buildings and materials, working with a company called Architectural Testing, where I managed an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) testing lab calculating the thermal performance of windows and doors.
Q: As RSR’s New Homes Manager, what are your responsibilities?
A: I manage utility-sponsored new homes programs with CenterPoint Energy, Minnesota Energy Resources, and Xcel. Energy savings from each house receiving rebates from these utilities must be calculated, recorded, and reported to the utilities. I assist with designing programs for the utilities and maintain the overall health of these programs. In addition, I meet and confer with builders who want to build more energy efficient homes and homeowners who have questions about high performance homes and rebates.
Q: Tell is about your involvement with BATC
A: I am on the MN Green Path Committee. My background in architecture, knowledge of the building process, and experience in designing energy programs have been helpful as MN Green Path continues to evolve. I find being involved with BATC is beneficial to me both professionally and personally.
Q: When you are not finding ways to save energy, what can we find you doing?
A: I have spent the last year remodeling my home, which was built in 1965. It was in pretty rough shape when I got it, but structurally it was sound. Inside, we gutted and remodeled the lower bathroom and just this summer remodeled the kitchen and main bathroom. I’ve tried to install energy efficient measures wherever possible, including all ENERGY STAR appliances and windows as well as ERV bath fans. We made sure to air-seal and increase the insulation levels when we opened up the kitchen and bath, we even spray foamed where we could. Next on the list is updating the mechanicals. I worked with my HVAC contractor to design a combi system with a high efficiency boiler and indirect side arm tank.
Q: You are also physically very active, evidenced by when you rode your bicycle from RSR’s office in Eagan to a meeting at BATC in Roseville. Tell us more.
A: Two of my favorite pastimes are running and mountain biking. I ran the Medtronic Marathon last year finishing in 3 hours and 33 min. I’m considering doing an ultra marathon next year … we’ll see how that plays out. I also participate in the Lutsen 99er mountain bike race each summer.