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R Higgins replied to Energy Wise Solutions's discussion No Utility Homes, Are we ready to start building Homes that are not connected to traditional utilities ?
"First off, check the laws in your area.  Drought prone areas often prohibit on site collection / retention as hoarding a resource the gov't needs to amalgamate and manage for the good of all.  Many areas prohibit on site treatment and…"
May 24
R Higgins commented on Tom White's video

Building Science Insights -- To Vent or Not to Vent

"Great lecture, kept thinking, but what about existing buildings.  Too little room at eaves for adequate insulation, especially if retaining space for venting under sheathing, air sealing is problematic at best.  My take…"
May 24
R Higgins replied to William Fisher's discussion Can tankless water heaters provide hot water even when the groundwater is fairly cold?
"Hi John Love your attention to detail, too many base decisions on 'what they've heard'.  You heat your toilet water? yeah I'm sure a typo, but on that subject, I've got a toilet tank condensation problem in the…"
Apr 19, 2015
R Higgins replied to William Fisher's discussion Can tankless water heaters provide hot water even when the groundwater is fairly cold?
"I have that problem, 45 to 50 degree ground water, in summer, not that we have much of a summer.  Instant water heater was going to be more powerful then the old boiler heating the house (big tub for my wife, mother in her own…"
Apr 18, 2015
R Higgins replied to Larry Schaffert's discussion How to correctly insulate exterior wall in a 1900 house?
"I'd suggest trying to replicate the existing conditions as much as possible in your rebuild, after all the building has lasted 100 yrs..  Given the gaps between siding, no sheathing or builders paper, to say this house could breath…"
Apr 18, 2015
R Higgins replied to Bud Poll's discussion Cellulose As An Air Seal
"Thanks for confirming Cellulose doesn't make a stellar air seal, always wondered. Can't compete with those who've done 10,000 roofs and even make a living at it, but here's my ONE experience, which the pros from Dover might find…"
Dec 6, 2014
R Higgins replied to Mike Rogers's discussion Where do you fall in the "staged" versus "gotta be all at once" discussion?
"Thanks for the info.  Looked it up, very nice.  Every state should have an organization as good as NYSERDA to champion energy programs.  I have to admit my last contact with a NYSERDA provider was in 2010.  However, for a…"
Apr 6, 2014
R Higgins replied to Mike Rogers's discussion Where do you fall in the "staged" versus "gotta be all at once" discussion?
"In the fullness of time homeowners, representing the more well heeled, will go for all at once, rental property of all types will be staged. Why? I can't imagine that with the price of homes what it is in at least major markets, cash strapped…"
Apr 5, 2014
R Higgins replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion 'Shielding insulation'
"It does not ring a bell. Wait...it does, an alarm bell. Anything, insulation, equipment, material that does give stats in industry standards, in this case, R, U, or even "equals --- inches of fiberglass", up front,…"
Apr 5, 2014
R Higgins replied to Jose Macho's discussion Google Nest Acquisition- Where the Home Energy Market is Going
"NEST, for all it's faults, certainly has real appeal, and what it tells us about the controls building inhabitants REALLY want is invaluable. Simplicity and feedback. For residential, it's a little alarming to see the simple, yet…"
Jan 29, 2014
R Higgins commented on Greg Labbe's blog post No Title
"Thanks Greg, three more things to add to my litney against foam "......very wet wood. Spray foam doesn’t stick to wet cold substrates well and when the wood dries it shrinks.....delaminating at the interface between foam and wood.…"
Oct 30, 2013
R Higgins commented on Greg Labbe's blog post Spot the Design Weakness - For Northern Climates
"Won't matter how energy efficent or not a house is, if water proofing and condensation isn't the first priority.  Bigger problem for the entire building is the stucco finish. In a Northern (freeze / thaw) they crack, and it…"
Oct 30, 2013
R Higgins commented on Melissa Baldridge's blog post Green Stamps - Real Estate Investor Sells "Green-and-Flips" for More
"See, we can all do good while doing well.  Even real estate investors!  I hope Kassi can someday document more about what works for her projects, maybe with convincing hard numbers investors need before they commit to spend more for…"
Oct 23, 2013
R Higgins replied to Craig Bird's discussion Easy Tests for HVAC during audit
"Craig Thanks for asking. Some great info here I can easily use."
Aug 11, 2013
R Higgins replied to Tom Conlon's discussion Are Energy Pros the OB-GYNs of the Real Estate Industry?
"I'll take flak on this from other architects but Architects have been dealing with errors and omissions a very long time, some say a couple of thousand years.  At the least, now a days we have legally mandated PERSONAL liability that…"
Aug 11, 2013
R Higgins commented on Home Energy Magazine's blog post Elder Star
"That you can't find energy stats for elder care which is quite frankly, sad.  In this age of gov't cut backs, it's hard to imagine private industry stepping up to the plate to do this basic research, nor a university (what…"
Jul 16, 2013

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