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Leveraging other trades to get EE
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There's a really well produced online magazine called ThisIsCarpentry (http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/) that promotes the craft of trim carpentry --…Continue

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Craig Savage replied to Craig Savage's discussion Leveraging other trades to get EE
"Good feedback David, which is the point, after all.  And your last tip about sealing when wall-to-wall carpeting is being removed/replaced is precisely what I was trying to provoke. . And interestingly, you allude to another "target of…"
Jun 5
David Eakin replied to Craig Savage's discussion Leveraging other trades to get EE
"Craig, This will never work with finish carpenters as they have different criteria to judge their work. For an example - check out the This Is Carpentry instruction on installing baseboard trim and inside/outside miters. It is sometimes necessary to…"
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Leveraging other trades to get EE

There's a really well produced online magazine called ThisIsCarpentry (http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/) that promotes the craft of trim carpentry -- "Honor Your Craft."  The website's opening carousel featured a photo of baseboard being installed, and it struck me that a trim carpenter might be in a position to make a difference -- from an air sealing point of view -- if they took the time to carefully apply caulk or sealant in the gap between floor…See More
May 28
Maria Lacey replied to Craig Savage's discussion Leveraging other trades to get EE
"I think it's not a waste of labor, it just represents a new way of looking at the work for some. Look at the potential return on investment over the life of the home in reduced energy use, reduced carbon footprint, and non-energy…"
May 23
Craig Savage replied to Craig Savage's discussion Leveraging other trades to get EE
"Hi Rocky Thanks for the feedback. I guess I was thinking the trim carpenter (what I did in another lifetime and for a LOT less hourly wage) would apply caulk/sealant behind the trim, not where a painter typically does at the edge/interface. Of…"
May 23
Rocky Snider replied to Craig Savage's discussion Leveraging other trades to get EE
"It would help in various ways such as energy and keeping out insects. The thing is who will pay for the extra time and materials. Say on an 1800 sq/ft ranch, it could easily cost $1,800 to do a aforementioned caulking job. Also, it is the painter…"
May 23
Maria Lacey replied to Craig Savage's discussion Leveraging other trades to get EE
"On windows, entry doors, exterior walls, and interior walls which house a thermal bypass, what would a person stand to lose by sealing or caulking before doing the trim work?"
May 22
Rocky Snider replied to Craig Savage's discussion Leveraging other trades to get EE
"It is what ever the builder or owner will pay for. "
May 22
Craig Savage replied to Craig Savage's discussion Leveraging other trades to get EE
"Hi Sean If it's at the trim carpentry stage, the carpenter could be working to a finished wood floor, or directly to a subfloor or underlayment. And you are correct, in those cases you wouldn't know if air sealing had been done prior.…"
May 18
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Craig Savage's discussion Leveraging other trades to get EE
"I am actually curious by what you mean from the floor to the wall - if they can see that the bottom plate wasn't caulked to the subfloor, then yes as long as they don't impeded the expansion or contraction of the flooring materials (esp.…"
May 17
Craig Savage replied to Craig Savage's discussion Leveraging other trades to get EE
"Good point. It might take a time and motion study to determine if it's faster for the trim carpenter to apply a bead, or to have the "laborer" do it. Then there'd be the issue of the hardened bead itself causing headaches for the…"
May 16
Bud Poll replied to Craig Savage's discussion Leveraging other trades to get EE
"Hi Craig, Somebody has to do it.  Whether it is the specialists, the trim carpenter, or a bottom of the line laborer who hopefully does a decent job, that is the choice.  Not demeaning the laborers, but some workers cost more than…"
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Leveraging other trades to get EE

There's a really well produced online magazine called ThisIsCarpentry (http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/) that promotes the craft of trim carpentry -- "Honor Your Craft."  The website's opening carousel featured a photo of baseboard being installed, and it struck me that a trim carpenter might be in a position to make a difference -- from an air sealing point of view -- if they took the time to carefully apply caulk or sealant in the gap between floor…See More
May 16
Craig Savage commented on Greg Labbe's blog post New Air Tightness Record in Ontario (Dare I say Canada?)
"Contests foster creative solutions. Think Indy 500, Solar Decathlon, XPrize... So if an air tightness contest leads to simpler, cheaper, better ways for builders to get lower ACH, I think the effort is worth it. And if it raises public awareness…"
May 8
Craig Savage commented on Greg Labbe's blog post New Air Tightness Record in Ontario (Dare I say Canada?)
"Turning Air-tightness into a contest is a great way to bring EE concepts to the average home buyer.  "
May 8

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At 8:32am on July 16, 2014, Better Buildings Support said…

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