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

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

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

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

Tags: denatured-ethanol, ventless-fireplace, ecosmart

Started Nov 30, 2010

 

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William B. Ramsey commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky, Especially their Capacity
"Excellent post, thank you!I live in a humid climate and the mini-split heat pump I have will not dehumidify the home adequately during the hot humid days of summer.  It does a great job of maintaining the temperature however.  These…"
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Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky, Especially their Capacity

Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky and Still EffectiveThe name "mini-splits" generally refers to heat pump systems with one outdoor unit and one or several smaller capacity air handlers. The efficiency of their operation comes via the inverter compressor and variable refrigerant flow technology, and they are available for single- and multi-family homes, as well as commercial buildings of…See More
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Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky, Especially their Capacity

Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky and Still EffectiveThe name "mini-splits" generally refers to heat pump systems with one outdoor unit and one or several smaller capacity air handlers. The efficiency of their operation comes via the inverter compressor and variable refrigerant flow technology, and they are available for single- and multi-family homes, as well as commercial buildings of…See More
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Bpb Farmer commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"I also agree with you on the "Ceramic Paint" it is with out a doubt a rip off just like foil or bubble wrap attic insulation. "
Jun 24
Bpb Farmer commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"The reason I am not open to anything else is stated below, but I forgot to mention that foam WILL pay for itself with energy cost saving's. As the inevitable price increases occur the saving's will only increase. Compared to fiber glass or…"
Jun 24
Bpb Farmer commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"well, if a better product comes along I will seriously check it out. As for saving your breath, get foam installed in your home. That may really save your breath. Have a good day."
Jun 18
Craig Bird commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"Let's remember that some byproducts that off-gas are odorless. As for the rest, it is obvious you are not open to anything but foam, so we will just have to save our breath. I actually got into the same cycle with a guy selling…"
Jun 18
Bpb Farmer commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"A quality foam job seals every size and shape of hole with out question. Quality foam adheres to the structural framing members. The foam I spray has little to no odor issues. Have had customers with in 20 ft of actual spraying and they were not…"
Jun 18
Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"Bob: We spend a lot of time with builders to develop assemblies and installation processes that ensure a continuous air barrier on the exterior of the building enclosure. As Craig says, the post points out that this house is no exception. This is…"
Jun 18
Craig Bird commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"I put the direct quote in here because the NTP is the only one stating that some fiberglass could be carcinogenic and still never been shown to be in humans. Now add to that all the rest of the other regulatory agencies that have…"
Jun 17
Bpb Farmer commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"“Not all glass wool fibers cause cancer – only certain ones that enter the respiratory tract (inhalable), and remain in the lungs for long periods of time (biopersistent), are likely to cause cancer in humans” the above are your…"
Jun 17
Craig Bird commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"Farmer - Are you still trying to ride that horse with carcinogens? Its been put out to pasture. I assume you hang your hat on the NTP. All you have to do is read further into the report to know it does not apply to home insulation: “Not all…"
Jun 17
Bpb Farmer commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"Oh, did I mention that rock wool and fiber glass are considered carcinogens?? "
Jun 17
Bpb Farmer commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"You can see gaps in the wool in two of the above photos. Plus the wool does not seal around the wall cavity as foam does."
Jun 17
Bpb Farmer commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"Sorry to say but you totally missed the boat by not using foam insulation. Wool creates allergy and asthma problems. Wool does not stop air permeation, Rodents and insects love the stuff for nesting. I do historic homes both here in Huntsville Al.…"
Jun 17
Jan Green commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post 1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine
"What an awesome project!  Having lived in the south, I'm betting that humidity and rainwater run off were a consideration.  It's wonderful that they are able to keep the home in their family, moving it twice in the process.…"
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Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky, Especially their Capacity

Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky and Still Effective

The name "mini-splits" generally refers to heat pump systems with one outdoor unit and one or several smaller capacity air handlers. The efficiency of their operation comes via the inverter compressor and variable refrigerant…

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Posted on September 17, 2014 at 1:32pm — 1 Comment

1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model - Remodeling Magazine

Recently, Jodi and I sat down with freelance journalist, Scott Sowers, to discuss the design challenges of the Historic Molette House in Molettes Bend, Alabama. Below is…

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Posted on June 11, 2014 at 4:58am — 13 Comments

What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?

The most recognizable and commonly used mini-split system is the wall-mounted ductless system. They’re seen all over the world and are starting to become noticed and used here in North America, particularly in homes with small heating and…

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Posted on July 31, 2013 at 5:18am — 10 Comments

0.72 ach50 Before Drywall - This Home is already 90% Tighter than Energy Code

Before drywall was installed, I tested the infiltration (air leakage) at the Proud Green Home (PGH) at Serenbe,…

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Posted on April 15, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

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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.

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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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