Nathan Christensen
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The Next Big Leap

“So what can we do to keep homes improving from an energy efficiency standpoint?”For a long time, answers such as “improve insulation” or “designed better HVAC” systems would have likely been what first came to mind. However, with new building guidelines, standards, and especially with the emergence of…See More
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A Little Green Goes A Long Way

Yesterday I received an email forwarded to me from a co-worker. The email itself was a request from a journalist seeking information on a variety of topics related to eco-friendly housing from both an owner and builder perspective. Some of the questions of interest to me included “Does a small budget limit going green or can a little go a long way?” and “Where is the overlap…See More
Feb 22, 2011
A. Tamasin Sterner commented on Nathan Christensen's blog post Energy Auditing Ourselves
"We often talk about the study done where 10 identical houses were built in the same neighborhood.  They housed identical appliances and HVAC.  The only thing different were the families who lived in the houses.  There was a 10 to 1…"
Feb 10, 2011
Dennis McCarthy commented on Nathan Christensen's blog post Energy Auditing Ourselves
"Nathan  I wholeheartedly agree that everyone should analysize their own usage- I was able to halve my kWh consumption and almost anyone  else can- and should! Our family's consumption of about 8 or 9 thousand watts daily happens…"
Feb 6, 2011
Leo Klisch commented on Nathan Christensen's blog post The Next Big Leap
"The idea of geothermal seasonal heat storage has been played with in Europe and the US for sometime now. I found a 60 unit single family housing development in Alberta Canada that installed a system that they feel will provide 90% of space heating…"
Jan 29, 2011
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Nathan Christensen's blog post was featured

Energy Auditing Ourselves

A short while ago I was in a meeting that centered on creating a flexible winter weatherization plan that would have a wide degree of application.  While such plans are not uncommon in the least, I was surprised to hear that we, as inhabitants, came up as a serious aspect of energy inefficiency.As someone who works with material and energy inefficiencies, I often hear blame…See More
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Nathan Christensen and David Eggleton are now friends
Jan 18, 2011
David Eggleton commented on Nathan Christensen's blog post Energy Auditing Ourselves
"These days, factors involved in irresponsible passivity include so much more than laziness, ignorance and indifference directly attributable to your neighbors.  Even if that were not true, you'd be advised to act more…"
Jan 17, 2011
Nathan Christensen commented on Nathan Christensen's blog post Energy Auditing Ourselves
"I agree with you wholeheartedly Jon.  Although its more unfortunate that still, even with them becoming part of the code, there is still a human element that will need to take the time to program them and make them work effectively in each…"
Jan 17, 2011
Jon LaMonte commented on Nathan Christensen's blog post Energy Auditing Ourselves
"Why do you think that programmable thermostats are now being added to the code?  Because people are to lazy, ignorant, or indifferent when it comes to doing something and simple as moving the needle on the thermastat."
Jan 17, 2011
Nathan Christensen posted a blog post

Energy Auditing Ourselves

A short while ago I was in a meeting that centered on creating a flexible winter weatherization plan that would have a wide degree of application.  While such plans are not uncommon in the least, I was surprised to hear that we, as inhabitants, came up as a serious aspect of energy inefficiency.As someone who works with material and energy inefficiencies, I often hear blame…See More
Jan 17, 2011
David Eggleton commented on Nathan Christensen's blog post The Next Big Leap
"Changing window types (some fixed/inoperable) and sizes - larger on the southern side(s), smaller on the northern side(s) - when updating windows. Solar task heating. Changing the building orientation for more solar gain and adding…"
Jan 13, 2011
Nathan Christensen's blog post was featured

The Next Big Leap

“So what can we do to keep homes improving from an energy efficiency standpoint?”For a long time, answers such as “improve insulation” or “designed better HVAC” systems would have likely been what first came to mind. However, with new building guidelines, standards, and especially with the emergence of…See More
Jan 11, 2011

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HMS Companies Inc.
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BS Environmental Science, AAS Comuter Aided Design
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Energy Conservation
Green Building
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A Little Green Goes A Long Way

Yesterday I received an email forwarded to me from a co-worker. The email itself was a request from a journalist seeking information on a variety of topics related to eco-friendly housing from both an owner and builder perspective. Some of the questions of interest to me included “Does a small budget limit going green or can a little go a long way?” and “Where is… Continue

Posted on February 22, 2011 at 8:57am

Energy Auditing Ourselves

A short while ago I was in a meeting that centered on creating a flexible winter weatherization plan that would have a wide degree of application.  While such plans are not uncommon in the least, I was surprised to hear that we, as inhabitants, came up as a serious aspect of energy inefficiency.

As someone who works with material and energy inefficiencies,…

Continue

Posted on January 17, 2011 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments

The Next Big Leap

“So what can we do to keep homes improving from an energy efficiency standpoint?”

For a long time, answers such as “improve insulation” or “designed better HVAC” systems would have likely been what first came to mind. However, with new building guidelines,…

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Posted on January 5, 2011 at 7:03am — 3 Comments

The Many Shades Of One Color: Part 2

To continue on from our last conversation, I would first like to offer a definition as to what I personally believe a “green product” should strive to do.

A green product can generally be defined as a product that, from raw material extraction, to end-of-life disposal, lessens its impact on the environment as thoroughly as possible.

While being mindful of the previously stated definition, I would like to ask each of you to look around right now, where ever you location, and…

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Posted on December 17, 2010 at 9:02am

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