James McGarvey
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Mini Split Heat Pumps
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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

Tags: Pumps, Heat, Split, Mini

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tom Conlon Oct 24, 2012.

 

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James McGarvey replied to Bud Poll's discussion HDD and internal gain.
"Heating degree days are very miss used.  Here is good article on subject  http://www.energylens.com/articles/degree-days Base temperature is when a house can not keep up with the heat loss with internal gains.  I have built close…"
May 16, 2013
Greg La Vardera replied to James McGarvey's discussion Energy Efficient Design for the not so rich in the group Energy Efficient Design
"Well it looks great - must be so satisfying as well. Hope to do the same some day. Keep us posted as you settle in and go through a few seasons!"
Apr 11, 2013
James McGarvey replied to James McGarvey's discussion Energy Efficient Design for the not so rich in the group Energy Efficient Design
"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…"
Apr 11, 2013
Greg La Vardera replied to James McGarvey's discussion Energy Efficient Design for the not so rich in the group Energy Efficient Design
"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…"
Apr 11, 2013
Matthew Redmond replied to James McGarvey's discussion Energy Efficient Design for the not so rich in the group Energy Efficient Design
"That's a great thing...."
Apr 11, 2013
James McGarvey replied to James McGarvey's discussion Energy Efficient Design for the not so rich in the group Energy Efficient Design
"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…"
Apr 11, 2013
Greg La Vardera replied to James McGarvey's discussion Energy Efficient Design for the not so rich in the group Energy Efficient Design
"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…"
Apr 11, 2013
Matthew Redmond replied to James McGarvey's discussion Energy Efficient Design for the not so rich in the group Energy Efficient Design
"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…"
Apr 8, 2013
James McGarvey added a discussion to the group Energy Efficient Design
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Energy Efficient Design for the not so rich

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
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Energy Efficient Design

Energy efficiency starts at the drafting table...How architects and designers can help buildings reach high-performance standards.See More
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James McGarvey replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Low Energy Home Storytelling - Insight & Inspiration for 1000 Home Challenge Projects in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"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…"
Apr 7, 2013
James McGarvey replied to Linda Wigington's discussion Low Energy Home Storytelling - Insight & Inspiration for 1000 Home Challenge Projects in the group 1000 Home Challenge
"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.…"
Feb 14, 2013
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1000 Home Challenge

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
Feb 14, 2013
James McGarvey commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Home Non-Energy - Preparing Homes for Future Blackouts
"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…"
Jan 3, 2013
Tom Conlon replied to James McGarvey's discussion Mini Split Heat Pumps
"Wow, 93% is an overwhelmingly positive endorsement of this technology. Thanks Linda for your close(r) read! - Tom"
Oct 24, 2012
James McGarvey replied to James McGarvey's discussion Mini Split Heat Pumps
"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…"
Oct 24, 2012

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At 10:41am on February 23, 2011, Arthur Kenneth Weaver, Jr. said…
Hi James - I attended one of your classes at BPI in 09. Email me at kenweaver@carolina.rr.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
 
 
 

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