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

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony Hicks Sep 2. 4 Replies

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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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
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…"
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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
John Nicholas replied to Daniel Baur-McGuire's discussion Vented Soffit! DO or DONT? in the group Best Practices (Residential)
"The actual research is limited to some work by Frank Rowley at the University of Minnesota in the late 1930's regarding ventilating attics to eliminate ice dams.  WWII interupted the research and the 1942 wartime FHA houseing guidelines…"
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John Nicholas replied to Kevin Emerson's discussion Studies re: radon mitigation and energy efficiency
"The Nay side is well represented with the links already posted. I presented a neutral side, with the argument about time of sale issues. The Yea side is well represented, but will not show up here, due to folks accepted the science the EPA and State…"
Sep 23
John Nicholas replied to Kevin Emerson's discussion Studies re: radon mitigation and energy efficiency
"I have no links, just some anecdotal evidence. I had several Blower Door Tests done on my own home. So I know what the leakage was. After I tested for Radon, 10 pcl I thought about not mitigating. I also thought about mitigating just before the time…"
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John Nicholas commented on Jan Green's blog post Wonky HVAC System
"The unit in the back is a compressor for a split system HVAC unit. Could be furnace with AC or air source heat pump. The unit in front is a single package HVAC unit. Could be a furnace with AC or air source heat pump.  Does the home have…"
Sep 16
John Nicholas commented on Jan Green's blog post Attic sealing versus effective system balances
"Jan,  You have a typical problem for everyone dealing with contractors and spending money. You made  choice to spend money to spray the roof deck and leave the old insulation. Sometimes a problem, sometimes not.  Now you get an…"
Sep 16
Tony Hicks replied to John Nicholas's discussion Slab Edge Insulation - A Side Thread to Melissa's Question
"Hi John. Have you tried any of the IECC approved methods and had success? I've heard mixed reviews about all of those accepted methods. It should be on the Department of Energy's website. We're using Insul Slab in Fort Wayne, Indiana,…"
Sep 2
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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
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Diane Chojnowski replied to John Nicholas's discussion Slab Edge Insulation - A Side Thread to Melissa's Question
"Great videos Daniel. Would you please add them to our videos section? http://homeenergypros.lbl.gov/video/video/addEmbed "
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Daniel Morrison replied to John Nicholas's discussion Slab Edge Insulation - A Side Thread to Melissa's Question
"John, I just collaborated with Steve Baczek on a few videos for ProTradeCraft about slab insulation in various…"
Aug 27
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
tedkidd commented on John Nicholas's blog post Indoor Air - How do you measure if it is Healthy?
"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?

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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