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R Higgins replied to Mike Rogers's discussion Where do you fall in the "staged" versus "gotta be all at once" discussion?
"Thanks for the info.  Looked it up, very nice.  Every state should have an organization as good as NYSERDA to champion energy programs.  I have to admit my last contact with a NYSERDA provider was in 2010.  However, for a…"
Apr 6
R Higgins replied to Mike Rogers's discussion Where do you fall in the "staged" versus "gotta be all at once" discussion?
"In the fullness of time homeowners, representing the more well heeled, will go for all at once, rental property of all types will be staged. Why? I can't imagine that with the price of homes what it is in at least major markets, cash strapped…"
Apr 5
R Higgins replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion 'Shielding insulation'
"It does not ring a bell. Wait...it does, an alarm bell. Anything, insulation, equipment, material that does give stats in industry standards, in this case, R, U, or even "equals --- inches of fiberglass", up front,…"
Apr 5
R Higgins replied to Jose Macho's discussion Google Nest Acquisition- Where the Home Energy Market is Going
"NEST, for all it's faults, certainly has real appeal, and what it tells us about the controls building inhabitants REALLY want is invaluable. Simplicity and feedback. For residential, it's a little alarming to see the simple, yet…"
Jan 29
R Higgins commented on Greg Labbe's blog post No Title
"Thanks Greg, three more things to add to my litney against foam "......very wet wood. Spray foam doesn’t stick to wet cold substrates well and when the wood dries it shrinks.....delaminating at the interface between foam and wood.…"
Oct 30, 2013
R Higgins commented on Greg Labbe's blog post Spot the Design Weakness - For Northern Climates
"Won't matter how energy efficent or not a house is, if water proofing and condensation isn't the first priority.  Bigger problem for the entire building is the stucco finish. In a Northern (freeze / thaw) they crack, and it…"
Oct 30, 2013
R Higgins commented on Melissa Baldridge's blog post Green Stamps - Real Estate Investor Sells "Green-and-Flips" for More
"See, we can all do good while doing well.  Even real estate investors!  I hope Kassi can someday document more about what works for her projects, maybe with convincing hard numbers investors need before they commit to spend more for…"
Oct 23, 2013
R Higgins replied to Craig Bird's discussion Easy Tests for HVAC during audit
"Craig Thanks for asking. Some great info here I can easily use."
Aug 11, 2013
R Higgins replied to Tom Conlon's discussion Are Energy Pros the OB-GYNs of the Real Estate Industry?
"I'll take flak on this from other architects but Architects have been dealing with errors and omissions a very long time, some say a couple of thousand years.  At the least, now a days we have legally mandated PERSONAL liability that…"
Aug 11, 2013
R Higgins commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Elder Star
"That you can't find energy stats for elder care which is quite frankly, sad.  In this age of gov't cut backs, it's hard to imagine private industry stepping up to the plate to do this basic research, nor a university (what…"
Jul 16, 2013
R Higgins commented on Robert D York Jr's blog post Not getting it
"Your story is very much the norm.  Few care to spend any money upfront, and many can't, despite end savings.  As another poster noted, start your own company, but first check into governmental programs that you could tap into as your…"
Jul 6, 2013
R Higgins commented on Elisa Wood's blog post Momentum builds for energy efficiency...but is the wolf at the door?
"Quick look at the comments, and can't see an obvious...       Absolutely, Energy Efficency - Way to Go! Of couse, this isn't "news". What is news is that the gov't is starting to ensure that those…"
Jul 1, 2013
Diane Chojnowski left a comment for R Higgins
"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! Don't…"
Jun 10, 2013
R Higgins commented on Tom Delconte's blog post Robert Shiller Says Retrofits Are Never Worth It!
"A follow up to Dennis Heidner :  Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac actually squashed public efforts to create low interest loan pools that would have made energy improvements accessible to the bulk of homeowners who don't have spare cash laying…"
May 11, 2013
R Higgins replied to Doug Horgan's discussion Geothermal real-world performance
"I'll share what I've found struggling to get a geo system to justify a geo system at my place: 1.  You need the right distribution system in place already, low temp hydronic or high volume low pressure well insulated ducted air…"
Apr 12, 2013
R Higgins replied to George Whiting's discussion Retrofit insulation on the roof over cathedral ceiling
"Definitely anytime the roof is on its last legs work rip it off and work from the top.  Otherwise, Instead of removing the exisitng GB below the ceilinig you just leave it and work on top of it - (working on the assumption there's…"
Mar 25, 2013

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