Does anyone have experience with some of the new low cost Mini Split Heat Pumps now available for under $1,000 for a 9,000 Btu unit? Building a low energy house and only need a small unit but prices…Continue
"You probably are correct Greg, but one advantage of the pole construction for me was since the process took so long building by myself for the most part I was able to put roof on first and therefore not get my wall assembles and sub floor…"
"I understand what you are saying - your poles are inboard of the exterior walls, so yes, you don't have temperature gradient across the diameter of the pole, but no, you have a gradient over the length of the pole which at the exterior…"
"Greg, if I had built platform construction on top of the poles then would have had headers over doors and windows, thus more lumber in walls, With the wall system I ended up with about 10 inches of wood at the poles, built my inside wall to edge of…"
"Pole foundations are affordable, but I have to wonder if you would have been better off stopping them at the floor. We put so much effort into isolating the thermal bridges created from studs, and here you have these large diameter poles passing…"
"Hi James, Great house !!! Four years ago I built a similar pole house for customers up here in Brookfield,NY. The big difference was it was built on grade with a super insulated slab. Walls were 8 inches thick and foamed with a thermal…"
Having worked for 30 plus years in the Weatherization program I was not rich. When we had the opportunity 3 years ago to build a new home for my wife and I we tried to take our Building Science knowledge and build a home close to zero fossil fuel heat. Thought I would share with the group how we have almost achieved this for under $40,000 by building a pole constructed house. http://cheoyleeassociation.com/family/NCHouse.html …See More
"Linda, first I apologize for posting here with new construction, was not familiar with the 1000 home challenge. But kudos to you for your involvement now that I have learned about the project. My challenge to you and ACI is to have…"
"Linda, we have not talked in a long time. Anyway I have just about completed our new home using my years of learning. We may come close to hitting the Passavhaus standard. Will soon be posting a complete rundown on how it was done.…"
Linda Wigington distinguished between deep retrofits & deep energy reductions, thus expanding the range of strategies & tactics from which we might propose when engaging with people, the ones who choose.See More
"Thanks Alan for the post. I believe, as many of our nations experts, that the grid is one of the biggest problems facing our country. We have the possibility of a breakdown of the system and Congressman Bartlett has led the fight to have…"
"Hello folks, thanks for all the great in put. I ended up buying a slightly used (was show floor display) Mitsubishi 1 ton unit for $900. Bigger than I needed but could not beat the price. Will only be using for heat not…"
Hi James - I attended one of your classes at BPI in 09. Email me at email@example.com - I would like to run an idea by you and would appreciate your input. Thanks in advance, I look forward to hearing from you. Ken