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How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Jun 9, 2013. 11 Replies

I am working with a client on a home addition, and one element of the design is a wine cellar. Here are some basic facts about the existing home:Built in 1920'sLocated in Detroit metro area on an…Continue

Tags: earth, tube, cooling, passive, addition

Backdraft Detectors - Are they reliable?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jim Peck May 10, 2013. 2 Replies

On a recent Quality Assurance…Continue

Tags: gas-fired, spillage, backdraft, heater, water

Backup Power for Pump on Radiant Heat System

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dennis Heidner Apr 11, 2013. 6 Replies

A friend of mine in Traverse City asked about options for powering a pump on his home's radiant heat system. During an extended power outage last winter, their gas-fired boiler was able to provide…Continue

Tags: renewable, energy, pump, distribution, heat

New furnace causing interference with AM radio?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Nick Helmholdt Mar 25, 2013. 9 Replies

I just wrapped up a quality assurance site inspection where I heard something unusual. The homeowner had a new furnace & central air conditioning system installed in November.  Since then he's…Continue

Tags: weird, radio, conditioning, air, furnace

 

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Better Buildings Support left a comment for Nick Helmholdt
"Welcome to the Better Buildings Residential Network group on Home Energy Pros.   The Better Buildings Residential Network group is an online community where Better Buildings Residential Network members collaborate. We encourage you to share…"
Jan 15, 2014
Dennis Heidner replied to Nick Helmholdt's discussion How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?
Jun 9, 2013
Tom DelConte replied to Nick Helmholdt's discussion How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?
"There's always glass! http://www.houzz.com/photos/wine-cellar/glass-enclosure might not meet temp/humidity goals, however"
Jun 7, 2013
Nick Helmholdt replied to Nick Helmholdt's discussion How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?
"That's a great link, thanks for sharing it! I agree with you about not venting subslab vapors through ambient air. It looks like Lstiburek's approach is similar in the sense that the concrete slab acts as a heat sink. "
Jun 7, 2013
Nick Helmholdt replied to Nick Helmholdt's discussion How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?
"Thanks for the reply! This sounds like a promising approach. The slab is about 600sf, uninsulated and >4' below grade, so I think it could work as a heat exchanger. According to this site, a 25sf area would accomodate the size of the cellar…"
Jun 7, 2013
Nick Helmholdt replied to Nick Helmholdt's discussion How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?
"Thanks for the link. Part of the reason I was asking was exactly because of my concerns of punching holes in a perfectly good foundation wall. "
Jun 7, 2013
Nick Helmholdt replied to Nick Helmholdt's discussion How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?
"I suppose I meant passive in the sense that I don't need to add a dedicated A/C system or supply line to the room - so a fan would fit the bill. The moisture build up is a concern of mine, too. "
Jun 7, 2013
ken Neuhauser replied to Nick Helmholdt's discussion How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?
"Hello Nick, Joe Lstiburek has a nice article on wine cellars.  It is also available on the buildingscience.com website.   You might have already come across this in your research:…"
Jun 6, 2013
Marie McMahon Meehan replied to Nick Helmholdt's discussion How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?
"For a root cellar, a very clever designer covered the entire basement slab with dimple mat (Delta FL), then R-10 of XPS, then subfloor, etc. The root cellar is a large closet in the basement that is air-sealed and insulated from the rest…"
Jun 6, 2013
Tom DelConte replied to Nick Helmholdt's discussion How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?
"Nick, the only experience I have is with : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ground-coupled_heat_exchanger . A simple home with a perfect basement wall and floor, however, should never be permeated. It's just more sensible to enclose a…"
Jun 6, 2013
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Nick Helmholdt's discussion How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?
"It is called a cave, that is about the only "passive" environment that will keep it around 55 degrees with 70% humidity - the closer you get to the surface or into a house the more conditioning you need Root cellars vary based on climates…"
Jun 5, 2013
Bud Poll replied to Nick Helmholdt's discussion How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?
"Hi Nick, While you wait, I'll keep the thread open.  One of my concerns would be circulating air into the ground to be cooled could also create an accumulation of moisture with all of the musty related problems.  And it would not be…"
Jun 5, 2013
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How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?

I am working with a client on a home addition, and one element of the design is a wine cellar. Here are some basic facts about the existing home:Built in 1920'sLocated in Detroit metro area on an urban siteFull basement, 36" foundation wall above grade, concrete, no known moisture issues,From my early research into the topic, the opinion amongst the wine crowd seems to be that A/C is a basic requirement for any wine cellar. I would like to challenge this assumption and see if we can build a…See More
Jun 4, 2013
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How to Add a Passively Cooled Wine Cellar?

I am working with a client on a home addition, and one element of the design is a wine cellar. Here are some basic facts about the existing home:Built in 1920'sLocated in Detroit metro area on an urban siteFull basement, 36" foundation wall above grade, concrete, no known moisture issues,From my early research into the topic, the opinion amongst the wine crowd seems to be that A/C is a basic requirement for any wine cellar. I would like to challenge this assumption and see if we can build a…See More
Jun 4, 2013
Nick Helmholdt replied to Joshua Knittel's discussion Google Thermal View? in the group INFRARED THERMOGRAPHY USERS
"Any bets on how long it will take this company to land in court? A local energy efficiency group in Michigan tried a similar idea last year in a small town and got a lot of backlash from homeowners. This is an idea that looks good to energy wonks…"
May 22, 2013
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Backdraft Detectors - Are they reliable?

On a recent Quality Assurance site visit, I found a gas-fired water heater with a "Vent-rite Spill Alarm" installed on the flue. The contractor noted that worst-case spillage and draft failed in this home both on the test-in and test-out. I had heard of folks using these alarms, but had yet to see one installed until…See More
May 15, 2013

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CO in Attached Garages

Posted on April 15, 2013 at 12:14pm 2 Comments

On two separate Quality Assurance site visits in the past two weeks I've detected elevated levels of Carbon Monoxide (CO) coming from attached garages. I was a bit surprised at this since neither garage contained a car - let alone any active source of combustion. So I did some digging and came up with this great resource from Iowa State on the topic. From my reading of…

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