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Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
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We have a small 1940s single level house (1005sqf) in Berkeley, California that is in need of a deep energy upgrade. Our plans include making the envelope air-tight, increase insulation, make use of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Alice La Pierre 2 hours ago.

 

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Alice La Pierre replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Hello Kaushal, While it's true I did some of the finish work myself, I also acted as my own Project Manager, thus saving that expense.  I had the benefit, if you can call it that, of being home for 4 months on medical leave after having…"
2 hours ago
Kaushal Bharath Raju replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Thank you Linda for your response; and your generosity in sharing your suggestion and hope. I appreciate it deeply! I love the idea of getting a group of interested homeowners and sharing the resources. I am just not sure how to get that…"
2 hours ago
Kaushal Bharath Raju replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Wow...thank you so much for your response Alice! I really appreciate it. It is simply amazing all that you were able to do in your renovation. It's also quite interesting to leave the current exterior wall and put one on top of the other one.…"
2 hours ago
Linda Wigington replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Kaushal I just spent more than an hour on a detailed response and lost when I decided to check the most recent comment. Here is the short version! I suggest you check out these two attachments. They are also posted under the Resources page…"
3 hours ago
Alice La Pierre replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Hello Kaushal, I understand your predicament, as I also have a house in Berkeley that I wanted to do some deeper energy upgrades to, and had a somewhat limited budget.   There is a small, small amount of money via Energy Upgrade California,…"
3 hours ago
Kaushal Bharath Raju replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Thanks Graham for that. It was also my belief that the cost difference between remodeling and doing a passive house retrofit wouldn't be that great. It is good to hear that from someone with experience."
5 hours ago
Kaushal Bharath Raju replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Thanks Jim! I'll be sure to check that out."
5 hours ago
Jim Gunshinan replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Kaushal, My wife and I are doing something similar to our house in Walnut Creek (1951, 1,200 sf) through the Energy Upgrade California program. I've been writing about it here in Home Energy Pros. Feel free to check it out and let me know if…"
5 hours ago
Graham Irwin replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"I've been involved with a number of Passive House retrofits in California, including the first one in the state (the O'Neill residence in Sonoma) and Kurt & Chie's home in Santa Cruz, and I would say, #1, "Don't fix what…"
7 hours ago
Tom Mallard replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"After seeing the cost estimates by Glenn, my addition of insulation board under the siding on a 2k-sf home 32'x64' if you did the work yourself is about $1,500 and triples the wall thermal resistance, you can up the sealing by calking the…"
Tuesday
Glen Gallo replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"The Passive House standard of.6 ACH @ 50 will be pretty hard to accomplish without stripping down to studs and starting completely over. Even then no easy task.  I am not sure that affordable and Passivehus are compatible. The system of…"
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Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.

We have a small 1940s single level house (1005sqf) in Berkeley, California that is in need of a deep energy upgrade. Our plans include making the envelope air-tight, increase insulation, make use of solar orientation by changing the interior layout and exterior glazing. The kitchen and bathroom also need to be upgraded, along with the electric wiring and plumbing. Yet, the foundation is good and so is the roof. We like the location, which allows us to walk everywhere and enjoy the mixed use…See More
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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…"
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eric anderson replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"David you are right of course-  that is why I made no claims as to the accuracy, I called it a half assed plan.  I don’t know Cali- at all.  I have not set foot in the state in 28 years.  From what I remembered  it was…"
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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…"
Monday
eric anderson replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"This is my no calculations half assed energy based  renovation suggestions- First off, Berkeley is a mild climate, If I lived there I might not even bother with heating.   For a small house a Minisplit heat pump system is a no brainer…"
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At 1:16pm on January 23, 2014, Diane Chojnowski said…

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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At 12:20pm on January 17, 2014, Chie Kawahara said…

Hi Kaushal,

We're happy to share our learning on passive house.  By any chance are you a member of Passive House California?  Monthly meetings are usually held in Berkeley on the 4th Sunday of the month and they have a wealth of information.  You're welcome to visit our house in Santa Cruz as well.

Cheers,

Chie

 
 
 

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Alice La Pierre replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Hello Kaushal, While it's true I did some of the finish work myself, I also acted as my own…"
2 hours ago
Kaushal Bharath Raju replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Thank you Linda for your response; and your generosity in sharing your suggestion and hope. I…"
2 hours ago
Kaushal Bharath Raju replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Wow...thank you so much for your response Alice! I really appreciate it. It is simply amazing all…"
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Linda Wigington replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Kaushal I just spent more than an hour on a detailed response and lost when I decided to check the…"
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Alice La Pierre replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Hello Kaushal, I understand your predicament, as I also have a house in Berkeley that I wanted to…"
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Kaushal Bharath Raju replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Thanks Graham for that. It was also my belief that the cost difference between remodeling and doing…"
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Kaushal Bharath Raju replied to Kaushal Bharath Raju's discussion Affordability & Deep Energy Upgrade/Passive House Retrofit in Berkeley, California.
"Thanks Jim! I'll be sure to check that out."
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