Chris Laumer-Giddens
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If you think ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 is hard...
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At the RESNET conference earlier this month, Sam Rashkin talked to a room full of attendees about the new 'Concept Home' available in the ENERGY STAR Homes program. Essentially, it's Version 3.5,…Continue

Tags: Version, 3, Homes, for, STAR

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Laumer-Giddens Mar 24, 2011.

EcoSmart Fireplaces...are they really a smart choice?

What is your experience and/or thoughts on the EcoSmart fireboxes/fireplaces that are burning denatured ethanol? Are they any better or worse than the dreaded ventless gas fireplaces in a tight…Continue

Tags: denatured-ethanol, ventless-fireplace, ecosmart

Started Nov 30, 2010

 

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Energy Efficient Design

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Energy Efficient Design

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Dennis Heidner replied to Chris Laumer-Giddens's discussion No More "Damn Architects!" - The Case for Integrated Design in the group Energy Efficient Design
"Sometimes the problems are not with the architects... but with the trades.  Sorry guys  (and I'm not an architect).  But I've seen wires, ducts, and piping placed not where it was recorded on the drawings... but where it was…"
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"In responce to a Comment by Chris . Most architects whether Commercial and/or residential and in Most municiplaities have to certify as to the energy efficeincy as defined by The DOE in the Permit Appliction Process. The two platforms that are…"
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Armando Cobo replied to Chris Laumer-Giddens's discussion No More "Damn Architects!" - The Case for Integrated Design in the group Energy Efficient Design
"I agree with Robert and Chris about having control from start to finished makes it easier to build a good home; however, the great majority of homes in this country are built by production builders with a large team of employees and with builders…"
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Barry NewDelman replied to Chris Laumer-Giddens's discussion No More "Damn Architects!" - The Case for Integrated Design in the group Energy Efficient Design
"There are some good thoughts here and as an Architect with 40 years exp. . I handled the tools after I graduated and before I opened my own Practice, I need the hands exposure.  I agree that today most architrects have no clue, With Cad…"
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Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?
"Bob, Kinda, sorta, yes and no. The inverter compressor allows the system to "dial up" and "dial down" based on the demand. This means that if a zone only calls for, say, 3,000 - 4,000 btu/h, it will only deliver that much. It…"
Aug 12, 2013
Bob Blanchette commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?
"Chris could some of the 30-50% improvement over conventional systems be that they aren't grossly oversized and they are properly installed? Conventional systems are rarely sized and installed correctly."
Aug 12, 2013
Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?
"Thanks, ken Neuhauser! Question for you, did the contractor follow a duct design that followed Manual D protocol? Every system we've tested did, and while there was some variation from the design pressures (less than 10%) and flows (less than…"
Aug 12, 2013
Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?
"Thanks, Ted!  A project I designed over a year and a half ago had been having trouble getting to set point no matter what time of year. We had the manufacturer go out several times, and they did find multiple issues with the installation (holes…"
Aug 12, 2013
Bob Blanchette commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?
"Fan coils in ceilings have been popular for years in apartments and some commercial applications, it seems ducted mini-splits are basically an extension of the same idea. Keeping ducts short with low static pressure seems to be the key to quiet…"
Aug 5, 2013
Adam brown commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?
"Great post!  Makes for a interesting read! These are very popular over here in the UK, we always try and install the high static ducted units when placed in the loft void, so we can obtain the adequate airflow for rooms further away! Not to…"
Aug 5, 2013
James Jackson commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?
"Chris, Great job with the post and the projects !"
Aug 1, 2013
Jose Macho commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?
"I believe Mitsubishi sells the ECODAN system in Europe yet not in the US. Not sure why it is not marketed in the US."
Aug 1, 2013

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What do Ducted Mini-Splits Look Like?

The most recognizable and commonly used mini-split system is the wall-mounted ductless system. They’re seen all over the world and are starting to become noticed and used here in North America, particularly in homes with small heating and…

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Posted on July 31, 2013 at 5:18am — 10 Comments

0.72 ach50 Before Drywall - This Home is already 90% Tighter than Energy Code

Before drywall was installed, I tested the infiltration (air leakage) at the Proud Green Home (PGH) at Serenbe,…

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Posted on April 15, 2013 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Installing Ducted Mini-Splits and ERV in Modern High Performance Home

Things are really moving along on the Proud Green…

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Posted on March 26, 2013 at 11:18am — 15 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 …

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Posted on March 6, 2013 at 11:30am

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At 3:57am on April 10, 2012, Paul Bowman said…

Hey Chris, checked you out on LinkedIn. I like your positive take on things in this topsy-turvy field. Thanks very much for adding me.

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At 7:50am on May 10, 2011, John Poole said…

Hi Chris,

I think that's a great idea! Yes, we should do that. Want to try to talk about it a little later this week? I am extremely busy until tomorrow evening, but should be relatively free Thursday or Friday. If you have some preferred time, let me know, and I can give you call. And I really liked your Cart Before The Horse article, BTW, just haven't had a chance to comment yet. Have a good one!

~John

At 10:35am on May 9, 2011, John Poole said…
Congratulations of being featured, Chris (and for a second time, no less!)
At 5:46am on March 22, 2011, John Poole said…
Hi Chris, Agreed on all that. Review board issues are yet another problem area we could possibly draft some general solutions for. Also, I wanted let you know that my good friend Juliana Inman from Napa, CA, a highly experienced preservation architect, has also joined HEP and our group. She's been through much of what you're descrbing and will be a great asset to the group. Regarding the presentation, I doubt there'd be any recording, but I will definitely get you a copy of the presenation slides. Have a good one!
At 2:49pm on March 21, 2011, John Poole said…

Thanks Chris! 

 

And I'm glad you're excited about the Historic Home group. I am too. Wasn't aware of your preservation background, but I think it's great that you're in a position to combine preservation knowledge with energy efficiency. I think these are very important areas that need to be unified. I am in the process of compiling some detailed discussion topics to post to the group about the difficulties of retrofitting older homes and buildings. If you don't mind, I will run them by you for your input before posting. I think between you, me, Allison, and Sean, we can make this a very successful HEP group.

 

Also, just so you know, in two weeks, I am giving a presentation on three ancient homes that I am in the process of surveying, at the Timber Framers Guild spring meeting. I am using SketchUp to build timber frame models, along with some Ruby extensions that support the creation of timber components (developed by another Guild member). That's why I like SketchUp so much. Its application is almost unlimited.

 

Have a good one, Chirs! 

At 2:01pm on March 21, 2011, John Poole said…
Hey, Chris, Congratulations on being featured! I Just got tagged myself. A great honor!
 
 
 

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