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A Growing American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steven Lefler Dec 8, 2016. 9 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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David Eakin commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Connecting the Dots: Real Estate and Home Performance
"Not in my observation in PA. My son-in-law is a realtor and this subject has not come up once when he's discussing different properties in the Philadelphia area. We just recently settled my father's house (built in the…"
May 15
David Eakin replied to Jim Klebes's discussion Where to install the vapor barrier for a finished basement?
"Since he's also in Ohio and has a great deal of experience, you might want to reach out to Nate Adams at Energy Smart Home Performance for his opinion."
Mar 9
David Eakin replied to Jim Klebes's discussion Where to install the vapor barrier for a finished basement?
"Bad link. Try BSC Building America - basements"
Mar 9
David Eakin replied to Jim Klebes's discussion Where to install the vapor barrier for a finished basement?
"No first-hand experience, but that stuff looks like spray-on bulk water proofing material not moisture seal. And why are they spraying it on after the stud wall was erected and not before?"
Mar 9
Steven Lefler replied to David Eakin's discussion A Growing American Problem In Search Of Valid Answers
"Modular Lifestyles has developed proven Net Zero factory built as a modular or his HUD code building envelope. Small houses meet affordable criteria where two halves do not, on site Construction is expensive. Given Home operating future costs we…"
Dec 8, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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, 2016
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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, 2016

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