That's great info -- do you know the name of the paper published by the NPS? Or when it was published?
The pest protection using rock salt is interesting too -- I'm guessing there was a lot of rock salt used; otherwise, it…"
Which foam would that be? One of the soy-based ones? I've had foam installed in both residential and commercial buildings, and hadn't ever heard of this as an issue, even in foam roofs. I'd love to know…"
Well, this certainly presents more problems than most homes in terms of weatherizing! If you insulate, and don't add some kind of vapor barrier, then you could accidentally trap moisture in pockets, which would be…"
In this group, members share an array of images from the field, showing the kinds of issues encountered by home performance professionals in real homes. Each tells a story of how hidden (but fixable) problems in homes can cause high energy bills.
"Daina, thank you so much for the information on the new washing machines. I know that capacity has been an issue in many models, as well as the spin-dry speeds. This is good information to have, especially since these machines are not…"
"Yes, Bruce, please answer the noise question. I hadn't considered that, and it could be a deal-breaker, since ours is also located in the center of our house. Did you also have to run a separate circuit (20 AMP?) from your breaker…"
"Wow, Bruce! The 79% overall reduction is truly impressive, especially since you have children. I think natural gas reduction is the hardest; everyone loves hot water, and if you have a gas stove, you have no choice for cooking, other…"
"If it meets the code, you are fine. All they do is follow the code. For my project, there was nothing in the code that said I couldn't build a second wall over the first, as long as I had support for the new windows, and that the…"
With regareds to George Nesbitt's comments on my house (he is an EXCELLENT resource, BTW!), yes, the western wall was only "doubled" up to the chimney, and a window next to the chimney that sits on the corner of the…"
The electric ventless dryer will, indeed, keep the heat in the house, but it will also keep the moisture from the wet clothing, bedding, etc, in the house. You may be setting yourself up for a future mold problem, depending…"
"This is a nice graphic. I have a question on how you captured the data -- did you set temperature probes at increasing depths into the brick wall, or are these extrapolated from the delta between interior and exterior temperatures? Thank…"
"I wasn't there, but it sounds like they have a problem with the cooling tower(s), which may need some attention. Everyone who got sick shoudl definitely document it and let Hilton management know about it. This is serious, and could…"
"Sounds like a wonderful event -- sorry I can't be there! I'm finally embarking on my own home energy retrofit that is pretty non-conforming -- installing exterior insulaton. Perhaps this will be a presentation for next year!"
"I'd have to agree that there seems to be a wide variety of, shall we say, styles of CAZ testing out there among the HP Contractors. I've been monitoring an energy program for work, and I'm amazed at the differences in approach…"