I am an electrical engineer, creating sensors for data collection and "possibly internet of things"; I do believe many people, promoters and companies are going over board. That came up multiple times at last…"
"The observation about rot is important. I agree.
One of my complaints with some of the proposed insulated vinyl sidings - is the suggest simply putting it over the top of the existing siding. I believe BSC and one of the national…"
"If you are using Hardie on a building, James Hardie recently released a note that says in the near future new installations using their product WILL require at least a 3/8 air gap for the drainage plane."
"Interesting, in that I had a "heated" discussion at the Seattle Home Show about a week ago with a distributor of a vinyl siding product that had insulation. While I personally would avoid the product, he did make a valid point…"
"My issue is that American Architecture is dumbed down to think you can be net-zero and not collect thermal energy, that's storing heat in winter, cold in summer at the right time of day or night."
Perhaps you need to visit the…"
"The energy that you can get from a wind turbine is proportional to the swept area. If you can get ten times more energy from a small wind turbine by changes to the generator - then you could get ten times more energy from those massive wind…"
"Tom, there is a significant efficiency loss when you look at the energy used with batteries on site by each windmill. I'd fallen into that trap before and it just doesn't pan out. In most cases you would be taking the AC…"
"John, you and met after one of your presentations in Chicago last week.
One of the very obvious errors - is to assume that houses built under title 24 with the codes and regulations remain code complaint and will perform as designed over time.…"
"There are also reports looking at the impact of grey water recycling and using it for the outdoor landscaping which show it may not always be the most efficient. In Las Vegas for example, the water that is returned to the sewers is…"
"Hand dish washing can actually be more energy intensive than the modern most efficient dishwashers. There are conditions of course... but often had dish washing involves using far more than the 2 gallons total water that might be used in one…"
"One of the obvious mistakes in the Elsevier article is:
"And fourth, the five other states with the lowest per-capita growth in residential electricity use, also depicted in Fig. 2, are California’s western neighbors: Nevada,…"
"Agreed, that is in part why benchmarking of commercial buildings including apartments, multi-family residential buildings has been adopted in many of the larger cities... and over the next 20 - 30 years it may be pushed down to smaller…"
"I routinely measured the flue temps of my old furnace multiple times over the years before it was replaced. It was a Payne Plus 90, the flue temps never were above 100F, they were down in the 80-90's... and it was perhaps 92%…"
"Solar panels can be insured just against hail damage, just like the roof.
Most panels can handle hail better than 20 year old roofs. The panels from Silicon Energy - might be able to handle a large 2+ or 3+ inch hail stone. The…"
"The big gas lines are pretty high pressure and serve a lot of different industries. The cost of moving the gas through the high pressure lines is actually pretty low... and it is generally a different company than your local gas company.…"
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