David Eakin
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David Eakin commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Learning Applied Building Science is Still Hard to Do
"Alan, The perceived lack of building science training is a "red herring" promoted by those whose interest is in sustaining their business model of providing training courses. There is actually a fairly large number of building science…"
Aug 11
David Eakin replied to Tom Conlon's discussion Whole House Fans - Love 'Em or Not?
"Roderick, Sorry - no photos. But it was similar to many other projects easily found. I used multiple, overlapping layers of 2" polyisocyanurate (2 on the sides, 3 on the top) glued together with urethane construction adhesive (I also used duct…"
Aug 5
David Eakin replied to Tom Conlon's discussion Whole House Fans - Love 'Em or Not?
"My parents built a split-level house in the '60s that had a large, belt-driven whole house fan with louvers in the ceiling of the 2nd floor. It was right beside the pull-down attic stairs. In the '80s they had AC installed (in the attic)…"
Aug 5
David Eakin replied to Jamie Kaye's discussion Flickering LED lights
"I think the comments by Maria and Dennis have some merit for my own situation. I originally used very low-priced LED bulbs from a big box store and 1 unit did not work after 1/2 hour of use. I happened to purchase a 3-pack so I replaced the…"
Aug 1
David Eakin replied to Jamie Kaye's discussion Flickering LED lights
"I also thought that, but I tried to put a CFL in the A-19 outside fixture at my daughter/son-in-law's house and it did not work - at all. Tried it in a table lamp and it worked fine. Put an incandescent bulb in the outside fixture and it worked…"
Jul 31
David Eakin commented on Scott Mellberg's blog post Lessons from Energy Efficiency Advisors: Getting Homeowners Onboard with Home Performance
"Ted, I'm coming at this issue from a national perspective. If the USA were leading the world in energy efficiency and housing comfort then I might agree with you. But a couple improvement projects here, a couple gut/rehabs there, while millions…"
Jul 29
David Eakin commented on Scott Mellberg's blog post Lessons from Energy Efficiency Advisors: Getting Homeowners Onboard with Home Performance
""I believe it is our job to educate the consumer, understand the problems, help them develop a budget for solving problems, and develop designs that leverage their budget and EE opportunity into the most comprehensive and well tailored…"
Jul 28
David Eakin commented on Scott Mellberg's blog post Lessons from Energy Efficiency Advisors: Getting Homeowners Onboard with Home Performance
"Consultation and education are all well and good, but we have found that the "cost-effective" point of remedial recommendations needs to have a 5-year ROI. Anything longer and the customer loses interest. And education will not reverse the…"
Jul 28
David Eakin commented on Rick Karg's video
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Controlling Airflow in Existing Dwellings

"You did not add the (other) expected yearly running costs for the ventilation unit (additional air conditioning costs for heat/coll/dehumidify, any replacement parts/service, etc.) in the initial SIR computation; you only talk to the fan electrical…"
Jun 26
David Eakin commented on Brett Little's blog post Despite record breaking cold winter our MI GreenStar Certified home saved 50% Energy!
"Brett, PA (like most states I presume) is a hodgepodge of compliance. All depends on what the local building codes require. One nearby township still does not require duct testing for new construction. Most have adopted most/all of the IECC 2009 but…"
Jun 6
David Eakin commented on Brett Little's blog post Despite record breaking cold winter our MI GreenStar Certified home saved 50% Energy!
"Brett, Good work! I know it's frustrating that you put so much work into your home and it now only tests out as "average" (not even "code"). Not knowing all the particulars I can see some areas you might want to address to…"
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…"
Jun 5
David Eakin replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Eric, Yes - you and I are in agreement. My response was more for Kaushal; doing a renovation for energy savings is not easy nor often a good payback. My brother and sister-in-law live outside Oakland in a '50s ranch that has had little thermal…"
Apr 21
David Eakin replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Eric, OK - but what about the most common air/thermal leakage point in the CA homes I've seen: the completely open crawlspace (often with suspended return ducts)? Or the ceiling perforations (access hatch, recessed lights, attic supply duct…"
Apr 21
David Eakin replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"More food for thought on this subject - read this (fairly) recent blog by one of the most respected authors today about deep energy retrofits: Green Building Advisor - Deep Energy Retrofits"
Apr 19
David Eakin replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"I mis-spoke - I was referring to the Midori House in Santa Cruz. Have an in-depth discussion with the owners to see what their total cost-per-square-foot ended up. There is the cost of deconstruction (labor, alternative residence costs,…"
Apr 18

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