David Eakin
  • Middletown, PA
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David Eakin replied to Don Hynek's discussion Superinsulation retrofit is Complete!
"Don - thanks for the additional detail and design info. I do understand cost decisions (there is a current blog on Fine Homebuilding that speaks directly to that decision) and also wonder if ANY current mechanical devices have the longevity desired.…"
Feb 29
David Eakin replied to Don Hynek's discussion Superinsulation retrofit is Complete!
"Don - Good work! Can you add more detail to what windows/doors you used? Maybe one of the reasons you did not test out as tight as expected was the use of double-hung windows (I see nine in the above photo which is just 2 sides) versus…"
Feb 26
David Eakin commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"@Ted - unfortunately I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about this issue and all the variables leading up to it as well as ramifications of different variations on the status quo. The durability and energy efficiency of buildings…"
Jan 27
David Eakin commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"@ Nate and Tony: what you are attempting to do is replace the run-of-the-mill "code" builders and remodelers with yourselves as the customers' agents (again, as per my previous comments). This is not a recipe for a whole-scale demand…"
Jan 27
David Eakin commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"@ Nate Adams - "Is there a way to change this to a demand side solution so consumers drive the change?" Short answer - no. Not enough buying experience (either by individuals or their social networks) to differentiate between any quality…"
Jan 26
David Eakin replied to Pat Dundon's discussion David Bowie & Home Performance
"This concept might make much more sense in a multi-unit situation like a condo/apartment complex where the individual homeowners have already lost much of their autonomy to the home owners' association. The greater number of units participating…"
Jan 15
David Eakin commented on Tom White's video
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"I had seen this episode on TV but did not remember the external roller shades. Even with triple-panes, I cannot help but think that whole sliding/fixed-glass wall is around R-4 (max) so they would definitely need extra insulation to make the whole…"
Dec 7, 2015
David Eakin replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Airsealing an old basement ceiling
"Are you also going to seal/insulate the stair walls and treads? What about the mechanical connections (plumbing, HVAC, electrical)? It's just too hard and I have not yet seen a basement that is truly separate from the "conditioned…"
Oct 23, 2015
David Eakin replied to Kevin Jordan's discussion partitioning open basement area with retractable curtain
"A vertical curtain will not separate the upstairs from the downstairs. There is a whole horizontal plane at the ceiling that needs to be addressed. And then you need to address the stairs... Given the cost/complexity, it is usually far easier to…"
Aug 12, 2015
David Eakin replied to Jonathan Ballew's discussion lifespan of air sealing materials
"If I were you, I'd look at the liquid-applied and peel-and-stick products (e.g., Siga Wigluv) coming into more common use rather than single-component foam."
Aug 12, 2015
David Eakin replied to Blake Shurtz's discussion Ventilating Attics- Rafter Vents
"It goes back to the project management axiom: Do you want good, quick, or cheap? Pick one. If you just want to provide some venting with the existing situation, get the bendable foam air channels and live with the marginal insulation at the top…"
Aug 12, 2015
David Eakin replied to Mike Hartnett's discussion cooling vests
"These type vests have been used by motorcycle riders for many years. Consensus is that they work well in low humidity conditions; less so in high humidity conditions, but always need airflow to create the evaporative cooling. Not sure how this would…"
May 15, 2015
David Eakin commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Revisiting Electrification
"Alan, it's not the source of the energy that's important - it's the amount of energy used that matters. If you reduce your energy loads (whatever they may be) you will be generating less carbon emissions (wherever they may be…"
May 5, 2015
David Eakin commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post What's Reasonable Versus What's Heroic
"Ann, I assume one of your advisers did a blower door test (preferably also with IR camera) prior to the work. It would be real interesting to see before/after readings and images. You may also have much more leakage at non-ceiling locations than you…"
Jan 19, 2015
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, 2014
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, 2014

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Ed Minch replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Airsealing an old basement ceiling
"Luis Think of it as a part of the house that is not being used, but part of the house none the…"
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Luis Hernandez replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Searching for a multifamily study book in the group Energy Auditing Equipment for Sale, Trade or to Purchase
"Hey Craig!  Well, let's get serious and keep asking all our friends in the Home…"
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Luis Hernandez replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Airsealing an old basement ceiling
"Hey there Ed,      I appreciate you comments... this is an interesting case because…"
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"bit.ly/ESHPhabitat1 our habitat project -mostly dirt floor..."
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Bryan Gabriel replied to Luis Hernandez's discussion Airsealing an old basement ceiling
"Luis, thanks for being open to sharing your experiences and photos of your project. What is the…"
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Craig McManus replied to Craig McManus's discussion Inventions that save energy, licensing to a US manufacturer?
"Yes happily."
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Michael D'Arcy replied to Michael D'Arcy's discussion Small video we created to promote Home Performance
"Thank you so much. Feel free to share that and anything you may find that we do with your network…"
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