A homeowner was referred to me as someone who might be able to help him solve a serious moisture problem in his home here in Central New York. The caller’s home started out in the 1950s as what we near the Adirondacks refer to as a “camp,” but it had been greatly expanded and improved over the years, and such places are often really lovely.
He mentioned that the moisture problem is so severe that he has a commercial dehumidifier going 24/7/365 (366 in leap year), and he…Continue
"Ellie." "Ellie who?" "The Elephant in the living room."
The elephant in our room is NOx, and elephants eat a lot. Then they poop. A lot. We need to watch where we step.
As technicians following the BPI Standards, we test for CO in the flue as well as in the ambient air as part of any audit where there are combustion appliances. Imagine my surprise when my new…Continue
No, I’m not thinking of your grandfather’s hand saw . . . the one that cuts on the push stroke instead of on the pull stroke like the excellent Japanese hand saws.
Nor am I thinking of the beautiful (cast aluminum?) circular saws made by Rockwell right here in Syracuse for many years, but long since largely replaced by inexpensive tools made out of plastic and chewing gum.
(There are of course plenty of…Continue
Can anyone convince me that this picture shows anything other than the fact that the ventilation provided here is effective only in the first five inches down from the ridge? And yes, there is continuous soffit venting that is baffled and open to the…Continue
This blog is cross-posted with Remodeling Magazine with the kind permission of the editor.
Let me recommend an excellent, well-written blog indeed. Melissa Baldridge goes well beyond the nuts-and-bolts conversations in which we so often engage, and she presents ideas from a broader perspective. At the point where remodeling meets building performance, the industry necessarily concerns…Continue
Once a month or so Marie and I have dinner with a group of old friends, all of whom happen to be particularly interested in theater and other creative arts. The subject of architecture in general and Frank Lloyd Wright in particular popped up during one such recent gathering over Indian food. Our friends burbled enthusiastically about their past visits to various Wright buildings and how beautiful they are.
I got into trouble when…Continue
My company, Building Efficiency Resources (www.TheBER.com) is--among other things--a HERS providership. We see a tremendous opportunity now and into the future for Raters on the retrofit side, and we are devoting considerable effort to exploring and developing ways for our Raters to seize that opportunity. We bring to that task a clear understanding that not all Certified Raters are highly knowledgeable about existing homes, and that the farther back we…Continue
Check out my revised blog over on Remodeling Magazine. It's an interesting story about learning from sloppy thinking . . . my own! Still, it turns out to be an interesting lesson.
Added by Ed Voytovich on April 20, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Building Efficiency Resources is offering Energy Star v3 training online and in 2-hour sessions that are presented outside regular working hours. This approach saves travel expenses, preserves your work day, and allows you to absorb the material in manageable segments.…Continue
Added by Ed Voytovich on March 15, 2011 at 5:51pm — No Comments
Here's a real harbinger of spring in Syracuse:
R-49 attic insulation is recommended for this climate, and I spec R-60 for most attic floors because…Continue
While browsing the daily news on Geology.com, I was first startled and then delighted to
see an article on the Washington State Department of Natural Resources. As is the
general rule for government agencies, this one is known by its acronym: DNR.
Do Not Resucitate. After having been the caregiver to two parents--one of whom died
under conditions that were made bearable only by morphine provided by Hospice, and
the other of whom fought like Custer until the…
Added by Ed Voytovich on December 21, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments