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Slab Edge Insulation - A Side Thread to Melissa's Question

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Jul 14. 1 Reply

Melissa Baldridge inquired about installing slab edge insulation on a potential E-Star certified project.   Her question is a great one for any type or retro-fit work or one where the rater was not…Continue

 

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Eric Kjelshus replied to John Nicholas's discussion Slab Edge Insulation - A Side Thread to Melissa's Question
"I have seen more than one job with all the slab/edge insulation eaten out by bugs, carpenter ants and termites.   I have seen all the wood that was left in pit become food for termites and came to eat the rim plate that was wet from dew point.…"
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Slab Edge Insulation - A Side Thread to Melissa's Question

Melissa Baldridge inquired about installing slab edge insulation on a potential E-Star certified project.   Her question is a great one for any type or retro-fit work or one where the rater was not involved soon enough on the E-Star or the concrete contractor though they could get away with no slab edge.My side thread is for new construction only.How do other markets, builders and raters deal with slab edge insulation?  Like Melissa our market is dominated by basement construction.  There are a…See More
Jul 8
John Nicholas replied to Melissa Baldridge's discussion ENERGY STAR - Slab Insulation
"Insulating is easy. Just remove enough earth to install your rigid foam.  That meets the foot note of the requirement.  There are some details in the footnote and a URL for some exceptions, worth checking. The harder part is protecting…"
Jul 8
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"NICE JOB JOHN! Folks, d What characteristics would make these devices "recommendable" in your minds? Do you ever see yourself selling these devices? Under what circumstances? What would the devices have to do for you and for your…"
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Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy?

Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy? http://bit.ly/28Pyl8g  New on my Blog! This post was made to respond to my friend Nate Adams question of 'Why?' when I tweeted that I was disappointed at the info in his blog review of Indoor Air Quality Monitors.See More
Jul 7
John Nicholas replied to Sean Maxwell's discussion Blower Door Databases: ATTMA and Retrotec rCloud
"Fraud can occur in many ways.   Were you there is only one and rather minor.  What ring was generating the flow and pressure?  What about opened doors?  Did you leave the basement or the upstairs closed off? Then use the whole…"
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John Nicholas commented on John Nicholas's blog post Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy?
"Tom,   Here it is!"
Jun 30
John Nicholas commented on John Nicholas's blog post Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy?
"The issue of Indoor Air Quality in a home comes up very regularly for a Home Energy Auditor. People work hard to keep their homes clean and to serve healthy food from their kitchens. We also want to know the air we breathe in our homes is healthy.…"
Jun 30
Eric Kjelshus commented on John Nicholas's blog post Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy?
"airadviceforhomes.com   has a quick snap shot test or leave it there for week.   Good looking reports that can be emailed or printed, on a very base report. tsi.com/Q-TRAK-Indoor-Air-Quality-Monitor-7575/    hand held  …"
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Tom White commented on John Nicholas's blog post Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy?
"John, would you be willing to cross-post your entire blog here to engender comment from the HE Pros community? Thanks!"
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Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy?

Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy? http://bit.ly/28Pyl8g  New on my Blog! This post was made to respond to my friend Nate Adams question of 'Why?' when I tweeted that I was disappointed at the info in his blog review of Indoor Air Quality Monitors.See More
Jun 20
John Nicholas replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion Apartment tax credit qualifying?
"You mean the 179 D   tax credit for commercial?"
Jun 13
John Nicholas replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion Apartment tax credit qualifying?
"It is an issue of size.  We are well aware of what happens when the CFA of a home moves from 4000 sf to 6000 sf.  The HERS Index goes down, a lot of that is what happens with the increasing volume and the effect on infiltration. The same…"
Jun 9
John Nicholas commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Energy Fit: Engaging Consumer Experiences That Lead to Better Energy Habits
"Great idea!  So we add some technology and change the way people work.  I'd rather add some insulation and change some way the house works. We have a lot of folks that like the idea of going to the Dr. getting a pill or 20 and that is…"
Apr 11
John Nicholas replied to Rodney Fox's discussion Radon: Truth vs. Myth
"Thank You Tom for some sanity!  It is a precautionary practice.  Given the cost of mitigation $700 for my home in 2013. That is not much compared to the total cost of my home. The science or lack of science behind the issue at this point…"
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Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy?

Posted on June 20, 2016 at 8:09am 5 Comments

Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy? New on my Blog! This post was made to respond to my friend Nate Adams question of 'Why?' when I tweeted that I was disappointed at…

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GeoSpring HPHWH from GE

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 6:58am 0 Comments

Most homes in this area have a gas fired natural draft hot water heater. They come complete with a draft diverter.  The purpose of the draft diverter is to send the exhaust gasses (containing Carbon Monoxide, Sulphur Dioxide etc) into the home if the chimney or flue doesn't allow them to go up. Left is a picture of a properly installed heater with a draft diverter. Note the space between the tank and the flue. That is the design that allow the noxious gasses to back draft into the…

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Energy Auditors Rock! They Depressurize!

Posted on January 22, 2012 at 6:00am 0 Comments

You’ve been in the attic, the crawl spaces or basement, climbed up and down any stairs several times. There have been some questions from the home owner and perhaps from the kids in the house. If you are like me, you’ve bumped your head a few times on low hanging fruit. It has been a fun, rewarding and perhaps a little stressful.

The thing I do to relieve this stress, is to depressurize. Yes, let all that built up stress just…

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