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A Growing American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Craig McManus Dec 1. 8 Replies

Lack of "affordable" housing seems to be in all the media right now. What that means in specific locations is different, but in this episode of an NPR report on Native American life I see the…Continue

 

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Craig McManus replied to David Eakin's discussion A Growing American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers
"It does not cost a lot to make it zero energy ready, and the utility bills are a lot less, and the home owner is ahead on day one. That should be promoted and used. Also use what is lifetime cost effective, like a white metal roof, and maybe put…"
Dec 1
David Eakin replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Fireplace drafts
"The Fireplace Fashion would not work on my particular situation (angled glass doors covering a 1930's masonry fireplace opening) and I truly doubt that it provides an air tight solution for Beverly either - unless the gas log insert was caulked…"
Nov 28
John Nicholas replied to David Eakin's discussion A Growing American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers
"The sizes quoted were examples only.  The panelized concept is limited to sizes that can be transported. If you want to go bigger go 40 x 60.  It just increases the number of panels.  The size limit will be constrained by $$ and…"
Nov 23
David Eakin replied to David Eakin's discussion A Growing American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers
"John - agree that some form of modular or panelized system would be the way to go. Given the multi-generational family occupant goal I think that your sizing is way too small. Remember we're talking 13-14 family members per unit. I was thinking…"
Nov 23
John Nicholas replied to David Eakin's discussion A Growing American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers
"David, I think it would be great of some of those groups picked up the ball and worked with the funding agencies to develop some new approaches. I think given the next 4 years in DC -  Entrepreneurs will be front and center 'making…"
Nov 23
Barbara Smith replied to David Eakin's discussion A Growing American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers
"Yes. I remember Avi Friedman's Next Home that was a townhouse that you could reconfigure as family needs changed ... And a New House Bends to a Family's Needs "
Nov 23
David Eakin replied to David Eakin's discussion A Growing American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers
"John, I guess what I'd hoped for was for some of the "big guns" (like RMI, LBL, BSC) to start some dialog with the government agencies in the article to ultimately get a charrette going that would include architects and building…"
Nov 23
Barbara Smith replied to David Eakin's discussion A Growing American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers
"Maybe this thread name could be changed to something more descriptive like "Affordable Multi Generational Housing for Native Americans"?  Anyway, it's a great topic. The U.S. Census Bureau pulled together some stats…"
Nov 23
John Nicholas replied to David Eakin's discussion A Growing American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers
"Affordable Housing has several definitions.   NAHB champions 'affordable housing'.  A lot of their definition concerns keeping the price of building a house down, by lowering regulations, and through financing incentives such as…"
Nov 23
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A Growning American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers

Lack of "affordable" housing seems to be in all the media right now. What that means in specific locations is different, but in this episode of an NPR report on Native American life I see the possibilities of many of YOU - experienced building scientists - working to come up with acceptable, affordable, low-energy use, multi-generational housing units whose pattern can then be used in a variety of places across the country. Maybe the world. A timely opportunity indeed.…See More
Nov 20
David Eakin replied to Tom Barrett's discussion Shell Sealing Limits to Existing Homes
""It depends" is definitely the rule! I live in the MidAtlantic region so I deal with low Winter temps, high Summer temps, and relatively high humidity. I have implemented many projects to reduce air infiltration and improve shell…"
Aug 11
David Eakin replied to Jan Green's discussion Retrofitting a 1979 Home to NAHB Silver or Gold - Pending Cert
"Yes, please post details! Especially interested in financial aspects (estimated value prior to renovation, cost of demo/abatement, cost of renovations, etc.) as 1979 vintage residences were not known to have much architectural detail - so many…"
Jun 2
David Eakin replied to Don Hynek's discussion Superinsulation retrofit is Complete!
"Don - thanks for the additional detail and design info. I do understand cost decisions (there is a current blog on Fine Homebuilding that speaks directly to that decision) and also wonder if ANY current mechanical devices have the longevity desired.…"
Feb 29
David Eakin replied to Don Hynek's discussion Superinsulation retrofit is Complete!
"Don - Good work! Can you add more detail to what windows/doors you used? Maybe one of the reasons you did not test out as tight as expected was the use of double-hung windows (I see nine in the above photo which is just 2 sides) versus…"
Feb 26
David Eakin commented on Chris Dorsi's blog post The Compliance Project
"@Ted - unfortunately I have spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about this issue and all the variables leading up to it as well as ramifications of different variations on the status quo. The durability and energy efficiency of buildings…"
Jan 27

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