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If you think ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 is hard...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Laumer-Giddens Mar 24, 2011. 2 Replies

At the RESNET conference earlier this month, Sam Rashkin talked to a room full of attendees about the new 'Concept Home' available in the ENERGY STAR Homes program. Essentially, it's Version 3.5,…Continue

Tags: Version, 3, Homes, for, STAR

EcoSmart Fireplaces...are they really a smart choice?

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What is your experience and/or thoughts on the EcoSmart fireboxes/fireplaces that are burning denatured ethanol? Are they any better or worse than the dreaded ventless gas fireplaces in a tight…Continue

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Building with Rocks, Rocks. Check out the Drying Potential

Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check out the Drying Potential.Check this out! This 24" x 48" x 2" thick piece of rigid stone wool insulation was left out overnight (on purpose) on the High Performance Tiny House project site, to see how it handles a deluge of rain, which we knew was coming. One of the many …See More
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Building with Rocks, Rocks. Check out the Drying Potential

Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check out the Drying Potential.Check this out! This 24" x 48" x 2" thick piece of rigid stone wool insulation was left out overnight (on purpose) on the High Performance Tiny House project site, to see how it handles a deluge of rain, which we knew was coming. One of the many …See More
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Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Well-Built Dumb Home
"So true, Danny. Style definitely draws a higher demand and more emotion from the homeowner than CFM50 and HERS. I happen to be a weirdo and get equally emotional about both, and I'm not waiting for any of it to become widespread. Everything…"
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Well-Built Dumb HomeOne of the smartest things ever said about building a new home, was about something dumb:"A Well-Built Dumb Home beats the Smart…See More
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Well-Built Dumb HomeOne of the smartest things ever said about building a new home, was about something dumb:"A Well-Built Dumb Home beats the Smart…See More
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A Solution for Fresh and Make-Up Air Happiness

A Solution for Fresh and Make-Up Air HappinessMost of us are happy inside our homes, when the air we breath is fresh, and without the nastiness that can make us sick, or that is just plain stinky. As soon as it's not fresh, we try to get rid of it. Some of us open a window or two.…See More
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A Solution for Fresh and Make-Up Air Happiness

A Solution for Fresh and Make-Up Air HappinessMost of us are happy inside our homes, when the air we breath is fresh, and without the nastiness that can make us sick, or that is just plain stinky. As soon as it's not fresh, we try to get rid of it. Some of us open a window or two.…See More
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Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta
"Steven Lefler: For ground temperatures, check out the link that Graham Irwin posted,  http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Cooling/EarthTemperatures.htm. These are reasonable assumptions of the varying temperatures across the country. In…"
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Building with Rocks, Rocks. Check out the Drying Potential

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Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check out the Drying Potential.

Check this out! This 24" x 48" x 2" thick piece of rigid stone wool insulation was left out overnight (on purpose) on the High Performance Tiny House project site, to see how it handles a deluge of rain, which we knew was coming. One of the many …

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Well-Built Dumb Home

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Well-Built Dumb Home

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Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta

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Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta

Why in the world are we insulating a slab-on-grade in Hotlanta?

Reason #1: Atlanta is not, I repeat, NOT a cooling dominated climate. Wait...What?!?!?

Yes, it gets plenty hot here in the Summer, but it also gets downright cold. Which is why it's one of the more difficult climates to design and build in. We get both extremes.

I'm not saying we know what cold is, like all y'all do up yonder in them…

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At 3:57am on April 10, 2012, Paul Bowman said…

Hey Chris, checked you out on LinkedIn. I like your positive take on things in this topsy-turvy field. Thanks very much for adding me.

— pdb

At 7:50am on May 10, 2011, John Poole said…

Hi Chris,

I think that's a great idea! Yes, we should do that. Want to try to talk about it a little later this week? I am extremely busy until tomorrow evening, but should be relatively free Thursday or Friday. If you have some preferred time, let me know, and I can give you call. And I really liked your Cart Before The Horse article, BTW, just haven't had a chance to comment yet. Have a good one!

~John

At 10:35am on May 9, 2011, John Poole said…
Congratulations of being featured, Chris (and for a second time, no less!)
At 5:46am on March 22, 2011, John Poole said…
Hi Chris, Agreed on all that. Review board issues are yet another problem area we could possibly draft some general solutions for. Also, I wanted let you know that my good friend Juliana Inman from Napa, CA, a highly experienced preservation architect, has also joined HEP and our group. She's been through much of what you're descrbing and will be a great asset to the group. Regarding the presentation, I doubt there'd be any recording, but I will definitely get you a copy of the presenation slides. Have a good one!
At 2:49pm on March 21, 2011, John Poole said…

Thanks Chris! 

 

And I'm glad you're excited about the Historic Home group. I am too. Wasn't aware of your preservation background, but I think it's great that you're in a position to combine preservation knowledge with energy efficiency. I think these are very important areas that need to be unified. I am in the process of compiling some detailed discussion topics to post to the group about the difficulties of retrofitting older homes and buildings. If you don't mind, I will run them by you for your input before posting. I think between you, me, Allison, and Sean, we can make this a very successful HEP group.

 

Also, just so you know, in two weeks, I am giving a presentation on three ancient homes that I am in the process of surveying, at the Timber Framers Guild spring meeting. I am using SketchUp to build timber frame models, along with some Ruby extensions that support the creation of timber components (developed by another Guild member). That's why I like SketchUp so much. Its application is almost unlimited.

 

Have a good one, Chirs! 

At 2:01pm on March 21, 2011, John Poole said…
Hey, Chris, Congratulations on being featured! I Just got tagged myself. A great honor!
 
 
 

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