John Nicholas
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  • Derby, KS
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John Nicholas commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Energy Fit: Engaging Consumer Experiences That Lead to Better Energy Habits
"Great idea!  So we add some technology and change the way people work.  I'd rather add some insulation and change some way the house works. We have a lot of folks that like the idea of going to the Dr. getting a pill or 20 and that is…"
Apr 11
John Nicholas replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Thank You Tom for some sanity!  It is a precautionary practice.  Given the cost of mitigation $700 for my home in 2013. That is not much compared to the total cost of my home. The science or lack of science behind the issue at this point…"
Mar 16
John Nicholas replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Ted  You always start with independent data. That is necessarily not actual but lab tested.  Then you move to a model.  Then you take actual usage and compare to the model.  Then you find the reasons for atypical deviation from…"
Feb 3
John Nicholas replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Nate   The AHRI Certificates on most of the green speed units show 5 -800 kWh per year usage. The math still applies. Indoor air quality is first improved by eliminating sources or at least controlling them. Then you provide adequate…"
Feb 3
John Nicholas replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Typical AH fans are 3/4 hp.  1725 watts to 1 HP so 1293 watts.  1293x24x365 = 11,326 KWH for the year. Subtract regular usage assume 50% time so 5663 KWH.  FTC uses 12.7 cents per KWH as a national rate for those yellow energy guide…"
Feb 3
John Nicholas replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Ted,   I can't speak to the industry.  I can speak to Kansas.  All systems are tested after install.  Ks has a program that is separate from the EPA program, also a separate lead abatement program from the EPA program. My…"
Jan 29
Eric Kjelshus replied to John Nicholas's discussion ZERH to Begin Construction in the group News & Announcements
"IN Kansas City there is maybe 260 super sealed - Solar - net "0" I have worked on in, seen in 20 yr.   This summer I saw proto type R-20  U of .05 openable type window.   I put a ERV system in 4000' sf home that's…"
Oct 30, 2015
David Berg replied to John Nicholas's discussion ZERH to Begin Construction in the group News & Announcements
"I worked on a ZERH home in 2012 and 2013, and it was a new 2x6 framed structure on an existing foundation.  The home was built in Cape May NJ.   The insulation levels were R21 Fiberglass in the wall cavities with a 1/2 inch foam…"
Oct 30, 2015
John Nicholas added a discussion to the group News & Announcements

ZERH to Begin Construction

The final adjustments are being made to the plans for the first ZERH home in South Central Kansas, and probably the first ZERH in Kansas.  If anyone is aware of a ZERH in the metro KC area of Kansas, I would appreciate a comment.This home will be built in Derby, KS. a Wichita suburb. The builder is Tru-Building and I will be doing the verification.  It is a 3,700 sf 5 bedroom home.  It is being built as a spec home.Since this area has no adopted Energy Code, the features of this home are heavy…See More
Oct 22, 2015
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Share your news and announcements with the community in this group.To post news or an announcement, please start a new discussion. See More
Oct 22, 2015
John Nicholas replied to Stephen Wierzbicki's discussion Mold on a ceiling diffuser
"Stephen,    The mold is in one place.  That means moisture is in that place.  Until you have discovered why the moisture is present where the mold is, you are not any closer to a solution. Yes,  You need to fix the entrance…"
Aug 20, 2015
John Nicholas replied to Blake Shurtz's discussion Ventilating Attics- Rafter Vents
"You should go high and low on the roof as Glen suggested.  That would be simple.  You can do turtle type vents low and high.  You can do eyebrows low.  Or you can install a simple horizontal low vent.  From the inside of the…"
Aug 7, 2015
John Nicholas replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Duct Testing - is a change in order? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"In day to day operation, the blower is the source of pressure in the supply system and relatively depressurized return.  The Static is slightly higher near the source of pressure then at the far end. Hooking the test fan to the blower…"
Aug 5, 2015
John Nicholas replied to Sean Lintow Sr's discussion Duct Testing - is a change in order? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"Yes,  I was connected to the AH cabinet.  I find it easier in this area, given the common mechanical set ups.  Where I've tried going into a return, I usually have gravity to fight. <GRIN> I did a guarded Blower Door Test…"
Aug 3, 2015
John Nicholas replied to Kirsten Richnavsky's discussion Crawl spaces and attics: OSHA to implement new rule on confined spaces
"I listened to a webinar sponsored by NAHB with one of the OSHA staff members that was on the team that wrote this.  90% of the rule applies to enclosed spaces that someone can climb *down* into.  They also have a hazardous atmosphere, such…"
Jul 9, 2015
John Nicholas replied to Elizabeth Guinn's discussion ERV in need of backflow preventer.
"First,  What is the 24/7 CFM requirement for your house?   Second,  What is the CFM rating for the unit? The most efficient ERVs run closest to 60 minutes out of each hour.  Buying a unit that moves 70 CFM is less capital outlay…"
May 29, 2015

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GeoSpring HPHWH from GE

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 6:58am 0 Comments

Most homes in this area have a gas fired natural draft hot water heater. They come complete with a draft diverter.  The purpose of the draft diverter is to send the exhaust gasses (containing Carbon Monoxide, Sulphur Dioxide etc) into the home if the chimney or flue doesn't allow them to go up. Left is a picture of a properly installed heater with a draft diverter. Note the space between the tank and the flue. That is the design that allow the noxious gasses to back draft into the…


Energy Auditors Rock! They Depressurize!

Posted on January 22, 2012 at 6:00am 0 Comments

You’ve been in the attic, the crawl spaces or basement, climbed up and down any stairs several times. There have been some questions from the home owner and perhaps from the kids in the house. If you are like me, you’ve bumped your head a few times on low hanging fruit. It has been a fun, rewarding and perhaps a little stressful.

The thing I do to relieve this stress, is to depressurize. Yes, let all that built up stress just…



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