Fishhawk Lake Stories

Fishhawk Lake Local Energy Consultant and Artist!

January 24th, 2016

Glenn Waer was a homeowner at Fishhawk Lake who not only had built his own cabin with his wife, using reclaimed wood and interior pieces from such buildings as the old Galleria (a downtown Portland shopping mall),

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but he also does energy consulting to make your home be the best in saving energy as possible.


Here was his “bio” in his own words:

After getting out of the Air Force I attended a Tech School in Florida for Air Conditioning and Refrigeration systems. I worked in that arena for several years and returned to the Northwest where I learned sheet metal fabrication and installation of HVAC duct work.

I worked for a low income weatherization organization in Idaho and learned how to perform energy audits on existing homes and became theprogram manager between 1982 & 1989.

I then moved to Eugene in 1989 and worked for an Electric Utility in their energy efficient office tending to energy needs of the utility’s customers whether it was energy audits, houseinspections, high bill complaints or new construction of homes being built in our territory.

In 2000, I moved up to Portland and worked at PGE in their newly formed Earth Advantage department which certified new homes being built to sustainable and energy efficient standards.   I was the first inspector for the program and as it grew I became the “working manager” and over 10 years we certified close to 11,000 homes with the Earth Advantage & Energy Star certification.

In 2012, I started my own business, Glenn Waer Energy Consulting, dba Willowaer LLC, performing energy inspections for new homes, mostly in the Portland Metro area but I have worked at the coast, Bend, Pendleton, Eugene and even Roseburg. I work as a 3rd party inspector/verifier for contractors who are building to the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Energy Performance Score. The contractor builds to higher energy standards (compared to a code built house) which will generate a certificate that basically tells how much energy consumption the house will use under normal living conditions, and its carbon foot print. I also perform diagnostic air testing on heating systems and for whole house infiltration.

Here is a great example of what Glenn did for home energy testing:

Heating / cooling systems air duct test

This test is performed to see how much air flowing through you furnace system’s air duct is actually making it to your floor or ceiling registers and heating your home. The Northwest Energy Star New Homes protocol specifies that if a duct system has less than 6% air leakage then its considered energy efficient. The 6% is a calculation of the size of your home (square footage) times .06, which gives you a cubic foot per minute (cfm) measurement.

Example: If your house is 2000 sq ft then the most air loss your duct system can have and still be considered energy efficient is 120 cfm.     2000 X .06 = 120

The key element to making your duct system air tight is making sure that any seams, joints, and/or connections that make up your system are properly sealed. The best product for this is called “duct mastic” which is a water based pliable sealant that comes in a bucket and is painted on with a heavy brush or small trowel. Duct tape is NOT allowed on any Energy Star system as it loses its adhesive and sealant strength over years of exposure to the outside elements around the ducting.   Duct mastic however stays solid and together once it dries.

The test is completed as follows:

All the air registers in the house, both for supply and return air, are plugged up (the system is turned off for this). Through one of the registers air is pumped into the duct system. A hand held air flow meter that is connected to the fan pumping air inside the ducting measures the pressure difference inside the ducts with respect to outside of them. Air is pumped into the ducts until the pressure reaches a pressure difference of 50 Pascal’s. A Pascal is an accurate pressure measurement used in most air diagnostic testing’s. This meter is also is measuring the amount of air (cfm) going into the duct at a constant rate. This rate going in the ducting means that the air is leaking out of the ducting in unwanted areas. It is this rate that we compare to the 6% calculation already determined as we talked previously in this report. If the rate (cfm) is at 6% or lower your system is real tight. If not then careful inspection of the ducting must be done to determine where the air leaks are, and they must be sealed.

Glenn is also an artist who works with curly willow as his muse of choice in building tables, bookcases, and whatever you can come up with for him! 

Here is a collage of some of his art, “Willowaer” that Glenn did, who had a passion for working with nature!

Willowaer curly willow furniture

Sadly, we have just lost our dear friend and  neighbor, Glenn. Your love of nature, your artistic beauties will grace our homes and our community for many many years. We will miss you so, Glenn!! 

 Years ago I created a Facebook group called Fishhawk Lake Folks .  It is a private group for those who own property here at Fishhawk Lake. We have 400 members and growing! It’s a great way to get connected with the locals, and I enjoy introducing and spotlighting some of  our Fishhawk Lake Folks!!

Original content found on ActiveRain. Gayle Rich-Boxman 2016

Buyer builds rowboat in Bedroom at Fishhawk Lake!

April 6th, 2015

Fishhawk Lake-Building a Boat in Your Bedroom-Not for the Faint of Art

See, there’s this GUY. And he and his wife bought a  lakefront cabin. On  Fishhawk LakeFrom me. Not a big cabin mind you, but one with two small bedrooms and a converted garage. Which became their master. But not for long. He put two kayaks on the wall in there. Two that he built in six weeks while on sabbatical. Great looking wall art!

But, that wasn’t enough.

He had to build a rowboat, a Wineglass Wherry (called such because of its shape). And the sucker’s pretty dang big. So–the master bedroom has now become a B&B…a Bed&Boat room!

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Pygmy RowBoat in the beginning stages

Pygmy RowBoat in the beginning stages

It’s looking beautiful and he talks about it as if it’s a new love affair…he caresses her gently, explaining what he’s done so far to shape her up for the upcoming spring and summer when she will be gliding along the shorelines of Fishhawk Lake in all of her glory.


Knowing nothing about building boats, he is a patient teacher, explaining the steps and the missteps (the wrong formula for a sealer and a call to Pygmy Boats who are only too happy to help!)

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He is only somewhat proud of building two kayaks in six weeks, as this one will take longer, but from what he is saying, he will spend the time to perfect the boat-building process


Rowing Skiff


from what he’s learned by building those.

Me, I’m just thrilled to know that he has a lakefront cabin big enough to build a row boat in, and that his accomodating wife is willing to sleep somewhere else until it’s completed–not for the “faint of art”!


Mike took it on its maiden voyage and I was invited to be there for it.

First day on Fishhawk Lake with Mike's newly bulit rowboat!

First day on Fishhawk Lake with Mike’s newly bulit rowboat!

Originally posted on ActiveRain 2015 by Gayle Rich-Boxman.