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New Construction: Easing Builders into High Performance Construction
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I've started a short video series to explain my work in high performance wall systems.Some quick background - my colleague Scott Hedges and I have spent some time studying home building practices in…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Greg La Vardera Jul 11, 2012.

 

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Greg La Vardera commented on Allison A. Bailes III's video
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Lumpy Spray Foam Insulation in an Attic

"Sorry to say, but I've seen much worse sprayfoam installs. "
Sep 19, 2013
Greg La Vardera commented on Melissa Baldridge's blog post Zero to 60 - Scores of Green Appraisers Hit the Streets Overnight in Colorado
"Yes. Is the world ready to follow my lead?"
Jul 8, 2013
Greg La Vardera commented on Melissa Baldridge's blog post Zero to 60 - Scores of Green Appraisers Hit the Streets Overnight in Colorado
"The golf analogy is fine for a general point, pointless for those three criteria. Valuating energy performance takes data on local energy costs, and an energy rating for the performance of the house, and a baseline for comparison. The rest is simple…"
Jul 8, 2013
Greg La Vardera commented on Melissa Baldridge's blog post Zero to 60 - Scores of Green Appraisers Hit the Streets Overnight in Colorado
"I don't disagree with the situation, I disagree about accepting it. Appraisers evaluate based on insightful observations. They lack insight on energy and this needs to be fixed. Appraiser's need to become more competent - this s what the…"
Jul 8, 2013
Greg La Vardera commented on Melissa Baldridge's blog post Zero to 60 - Scores of Green Appraisers Hit the Streets Overnight in Colorado
"Ted, what you just wrote explains why the existing method is broken. You are stating that value rests solely with what is apparent at the surface to an untrained eye, a system based on the lowest common denominator of competency. Appraisers are…"
Jul 8, 2013
Greg La Vardera commented on Melissa Baldridge's blog post Zero to 60 - Scores of Green Appraisers Hit the Streets Overnight in Colorado
"My question was about the Bill, yes, described at the Resnet article linked in my original post. ted, I don't find let the market decide a compelling argument. Do appraisers currently let the market decide? Or do they interfere with the ability…"
Jul 8, 2013
Greg La Vardera commented on Melissa Baldridge's blog post Zero to 60 - Scores of Green Appraisers Hit the Streets Overnight in Colorado
"Well, it is referred to as a "Bill" in the article. I don't mean to get into semantics here, but a Bill becomes an Act or a Law when its is approved/signed by all due parties. I'm not sure what you mean when you say it is not…"
Jul 8, 2013
Greg La Vardera commented on Melissa Baldridge's blog post Zero to 60 - Scores of Green Appraisers Hit the Streets Overnight in Colorado
"How will this legislation affect the availability of better "green" appraisals? http://www.resnet.us/blog/energy-performance-mortgage-loan/"
Jul 8, 2013
Greg La Vardera replied to James McGarvey's discussion Energy Efficient Design for the not so rich in the group Energy Efficient Design
"Well it looks great - must be so satisfying as well. Hope to do the same some day. Keep us posted as you settle in and go through a few seasons!"
Apr 11, 2013
Greg La Vardera replied to James McGarvey's discussion Energy Efficient Design for the not so rich in the group Energy Efficient Design
"I understand what you are saying - your poles are inboard of the exterior walls, so yes, you don't have temperature gradient across the diameter of the pole, but no, you have a gradient over the length of the pole which at the exterior…"
Apr 11, 2013
Greg La Vardera replied to James McGarvey's discussion Energy Efficient Design for the not so rich in the group Energy Efficient Design
"Pole foundations are affordable, but I have to wonder if you would have been better off stopping them at the floor. We put so much effort into isolating the thermal bridges created from studs, and here you have these large diameter poles passing…"
Apr 11, 2013
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Apr 11, 2013
Greg La Vardera commented on Lenka Rihova's blog post PassivHaus – Is it the Future of Home Building?
"Tom, I think I've clearly agreed with your description. In fact I don't think anybody here has disagreed with that. There is no argument about that, at least not here. If these facts were enough to convince people to build this way they…"
Mar 1, 2013
Greg La Vardera commented on Lenka Rihova's blog post PassivHaus – Is it the Future of Home Building?
"David, you mis-understand my posts. You are reacting to my comments about the fictional spray foam. We do have everything we need to build high performance houses today, and yes they cost somewhat more, and yes energy savings pay for that…"
Feb 27, 2013
Greg La Vardera commented on Lenka Rihova's blog post PassivHaus – Is it the Future of Home Building?
"If there was such an insulation, it would be expensive - because it was doing something that other insulations could not. And the manufacturer would know it, and they would price it accordingly. That is the way the world works, unless you want to…"
Feb 27, 2013
Greg La Vardera commented on Lenka Rihova's blog post PassivHaus – Is it the Future of Home Building?
"I find that to be a pretty meager improvement over 40 years. And Code does not provide for retrofitting of the vast body of existing houses which are the ones using all the energy. Building codes are just not the way to make a difference. You need…"
Feb 27, 2013

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At 7:29pm on February 6, 2012, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi Greg,

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


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