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Does adding drill-and-fill insulation to uninsulated exterior walls without re-cladding lead to moisture issues in the wall cavities?
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Are you hesitant to add insulation to exterior walls of existing homes without also adding an exterior vapor barrier? -OR-Have you been doing this for years and noticed no ill effects from…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jesse Erbel Oct 4, 2013.

 

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Chris Stratton replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Weigh in - Honorable Mention? 2nd Base? Half-Way There? 50% Better? On the Path? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"I think Options A and B are great the way they are. My qualm is with the implicit, unspoken unit conveyed in the phrase "above average". In this case "below average" is better. I think "50% reduction" is better than…"
Jul 14
Chris Stratton replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Weigh in - Honorable Mention? 2nd Base? Half-Way There? 50% Better? On the Path? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"No immediate solution comes to mind, but I do have some reactions to the proposed labels. The technical nitpicker in me [in nasal-ly voice saying "er, um, excuse me, but I don't think that's quite right..."] chafes at "well…"
Jul 13
Chris Stratton replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Weigh in - Honorable Mention? 2nd Base? Half-Way There? 50% Better? On the Path? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"I like that idea. Giving people as many options to engage as possible (without overwhelming them) seems worthwhile. Some people probably find the spreadsheet intimidating."
Jun 30
Chris Stratton replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Weigh in - Honorable Mention? 2nd Base? Half-Way There? 50% Better? On the Path? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Hi Linda, I'd vote transitioning the verification spreadsheet to a website would help streamline the process. I realize this is a substantial and expensive proposition. Chris"
Jun 29
Chris Stratton replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Weigh in - Honorable Mention? 2nd Base? Half-Way There? 50% Better? On the Path? in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Ted: This is a diversion. Nevertheless, back-of-envelope calcs: THC threshold for your place: ~ 17500 kWh/year (all energy (including gas) included as kWh) Assuming that's 30% of average, 50% of average would be: ~ 29000 kWh/year Your numbers…"
Jun 29
Chris Stratton replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Congrats Ceniceros Household! 26th Project to Officially Meet 1000 Home Challenge in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"Congrats Bruce and family! Welcome to the club! "
Mar 19
Chris Stratton replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Thanks for the clarification, Graham, about the absence of a vented hood being the problem, rather than the presence of an unvented hood. As for whether or not the ERV boost approach provides the same ventilation rate as 100 cfm intermittent...I…"
May 1, 2014
Chris Stratton replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"George, Recirculating range hoods are in fact in violation of CA state code, but I've seen a lot of them. In fact, even vented microwave range hoods are in violation of state code because none of them meet ASHRAE 62.2's HVI-rated sound…"
May 1, 2014
Chris Stratton commented on Chris Stratton's blog post We're Not Paying Enough Attention to Kitchen Ventilation
"Graham, great points. I'm a fan of induction. If a full induction range is infeasible, a portable single burner induction cooktop can be an affordable and versatile replacement or complement for a gas or electric resistance range.  "
Apr 7, 2014
Graham Irwin commented on Chris Stratton's blog post We're Not Paying Enough Attention to Kitchen Ventilation
"Good idea to stop burning gas inside, induction cooktops eliminate combustion and deliver far more of the heat to the cookware, an additional benefit during cooling season."
Apr 3, 2014
Chris Stratton commented on Chris Stratton's blog post We're Not Paying Enough Attention to Kitchen Ventilation
"Bob, I agree. Vented to the outside is a great place to start. Next on the priority list for me would be the noise level."
Apr 2, 2014
Bob Blanchette commented on Chris Stratton's blog post We're Not Paying Enough Attention to Kitchen Ventilation
"The first thing that could be done is get rid of those recirculating range hoods that 90% of new homes use. Require all range hoods to be vented to the OUTSIDE."
Mar 30, 2014
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We're Not Paying Enough Attention to Kitchen Ventilation

Exposure to kitchen pollutants is a significant and overlooked health hazard in homes. The home performance industry pays great attention to protecting against exposures to combustion pollutants from water heaters and furnaces, but very little attention to an unvented combustion device that is used nearly every day: the kitchen range.…See More
Mar 29, 2014
Chris Stratton posted a blog post

We're Not Paying Enough Attention to Kitchen Ventilation

Exposure to kitchen pollutants is a significant and overlooked health hazard in homes. The home performance industry pays great attention to protecting against exposures to combustion pollutants from water heaters and furnaces, but very little attention to an unvented combustion device that is used nearly every day: the kitchen range.…See More
Mar 27, 2014
Chris Stratton replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Actual Energy Use - 20 Thousand Home Challenge Projects & 20th Project to Meet 1000 Home Challenge in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"The Option B criteria themselves do an excellent (heroic, beautiful, gold-standard -- what other superlatives can I think of?) job at controlling for all the factors you cite, normalizing the difficulty for homes having different occupancies,…"
Nov 11, 2013
Chris Stratton replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Actual Energy Use - 20 Thousand Home Challenge Projects & 20th Project to Meet 1000 Home Challenge in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"You can do it, Chie!  What's your yearly kWh THC threshold?  Unless it's really low, it sounds like you're on track."
Nov 8, 2013

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We're Not Paying Enough Attention to Kitchen Ventilation

Exposure to kitchen pollutants is a significant and overlooked health hazard in homes. The home performance industry pays great attention to protecting against exposures to combustion pollutants from water heaters and furnaces, but very little attention to an unvented combustion device that is used nearly every day: the…

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At 3:53pm on October 18, 2013, David Eggleton said…

Welcome to the Considering Permaculture group, Chris.  Maybe I can meet you in CA next spring.

At 5:39am on January 12, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Chris,

Welcome to Home Energy Pros! Feel free to join the conversation in the Forum and Groups. And share your energy efficiency photos, videos andupcoming events. If you're blogging about home performance, this is the place for you!

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