All Blog Posts Tagged 'high' (15)

Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home, Air Tight Ceiling

Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home, Making it Super Air Tight!

The AIR Barrier at the ceiling plane, that is....

At LG Squared, we have experimented with many ways to design and build a roof assembly for a home. Without question, we have found the ventilated attic to be THE most effective.…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on September 16, 2016 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Building with Rocks, Rocks. Check out the Drying Potential

Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check out the Drying Potential.

Check this out! This 24" x 48" x 2" thick piece of rigid stone wool insulation was left out overnight (on purpose) on the High Performance Tiny House project site, to see how it handles a deluge of rain, which we knew was coming. One of the many …


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on July 26, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

Home Energy Efficiency, Meet Real Estate: A 2015 Year in Review and a Forecast for the Future

A lot is happening at the intersection of residential energy efficiency and real estate.

First, let us set the scene. Elevate Energy and others have long recognized a specific challenge: When homeowners invest in improving the energy efficiency of their home and property, these measures are often…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on February 25, 2016 at 10:05am — 1 Comment

Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta

Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta

Why in the world are we insulating a slab-on-grade in Hotlanta?

Reason #1: Atlanta is not, I repeat, NOT a cooling dominated climate. Wait...What?!?!?

Yes, it gets plenty hot here in the Summer, but it also gets downright cold. Which is why it's one of the more difficult climates to design and build in. We get both extremes.

I'm not saying we know what cold is, like all y'all do up yonder in them…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 1, 2016 at 4:03am — 9 Comments

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home!

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home

This is the home.


This is the hole that Sparky (electrician) "innocently" made to feed a wire to the light on the front porch of the High Performance Bungalow. I discovered it a day or two after our home performance diagnostics team, Carl Seville and Abe Kruger, of SK…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on November 24, 2015 at 6:08am — 4 Comments

Enter HeatSpring's Leaders in High Performance Building Giveaway!

This winter, we’re celebrating innovative builders and designers who work to improve the overall quality and performance of public and residential buildings with a course giveaway! If you’ve helped plan, design, construct, and/or operate a high performance building, enter our Leaders in High Performance Building…


Added by Gabrielle Rossetti on November 2, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Air Sealing and Insulation Joins the Cost Versus Value Study

It’s really nice when hard work pays off.

As part of the collaborative efforts of the Value for High Performance Homes Campaign, we were able to get an energy efficiency measure – air sealing and insulation – added to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost versus Value study. This matters because it legitimizes a valuable, low-cost, and manageable home improvement project which home…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 17, 2015 at 9:38am — No Comments

This Might Be the Most Water-Efficient Shower Head Ever Invented

Residents of California are feeling firsthand what life is like with a limited water supply as they face the current drought. But the resource crisis extends far beyond one state: according to, a child dies every minute due to a water-related disease and a staggering 750 million people (or the equivalent of two and a half times the U.S. population) lack access to clean water. It’s no wonder that plumbing-fixture manufacturers are continuing to research how to make products that…


Added by Helen Best on August 18, 2015 at 3:50pm — No Comments

With record high heat/humidity come xtreme door sticking.

Living in Missouri, the combination of record high temperatures and extreme humidity are really becoming evident with all our house doors sticking. Doors we've never seen stick before. This record weather is also pointing out some deficiencies in our HVAC with condensation. (If you see water dripping, check duct work…


Added by Don Fitchett on July 27, 2015 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

How to Help Appraisers Fairly Value Home Energy Efficiency Improvements

In 2013, we published a blueprint with the National Home Performance Council that outlines a seven-step…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on March 6, 2014 at 9:49am — 10 Comments

Designing A Perfect Residential Wall - Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia has a reputation for getting pretty darn hot, but it can also get pretty dang cold (No snickering from you Northerners, please!). Believe it or not, Atlantans use more energy to heat their homes than they do to cool them. The design temperature set by …


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on March 6, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments

14 Design Don’ts for High Performance Homes

There are a lot of ways to design a home. Designing one for high…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 14, 2013 at 7:30am — 8 Comments

Part II: Designing for High Performance, Controlling Heat Flow in Slab-On-Grade

In Part I of this series on designing for high performance, we discussed the control…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on August 15, 2012 at 3:15am — No Comments

Designing for High Performance: Slab-On-Grade, Part I – Controlling Moisture Flow

We’re just a few weeks away from a computer generated, self-guided interactive virtual tour of the Serenbe Residence near Atlanta, Georgia (Climate Zone 3a). We’re using REVIT software to generate the 3D model, then  …


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on August 13, 2012 at 4:00am — 6 Comments

Housing Bale-Out - Boulder Architect Streamlines Green Building


Straw-bale houses have come a long way since Midwestern homesteaders used to stack sod on the Great Plains and call it home.  More recently, 20th century straw-bale builders were either crunchy, granola types hand-crafting their own über-green homes, or affluent greenies seeking to create off-grid trophy houses, budgets be damned.  In all cases, though, straw-bale has been the preserve of the one-off – designed and built one at a time.  Until now.




Added by Melissa Baldridge on September 14, 2011 at 10:51am — 1 Comment

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