Rob Buchanan
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Whole-house Ductless Mini-split install costs
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Something I've been working on for a few months now is trying to get a reasonable cost range for a whole-house ductless mini-split heat pump. A couple of anecdotal prices I've received range from an…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jose Macho Feb 19.

'Shielding insulation'
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Good morning all,We had a question come up on "shielding insulation." The description is as follows: "The Universal Shielding Insulation is used to reduce cold air infiltration into the dwelling and…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Shawna Henderson Apr 9, 2014.

DHW thermosiphoning question
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Good morning everyone, I was hoping you could help settle a debate.When choosing to insulate the cold water intake pipe on a HWH, is it necessary or recommended to insulate the pipe beyond the first…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Curt Kinder Dec 9, 2013.

Domestic HWH diverter missing, or just different?
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Hi everyone,I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Cory Chovanec Sep 27, 2012.

 

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Jose Macho replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion Whole-house Ductless Mini-split install costs
"No simple answer....It's all about placement, number of outdoor condensing units (affects SEER) and of course, heat load of the dwelling...As compared to GSHP??? a closed loop with 2 drilled wells doesn't come close in cost and makes no…"
Feb 19
John C. Semmelhack replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion Whole-house Ductless Mini-split install costs
"For multi-split systems, plan on roughly $2,500-3,000 per indoor "head"....on the lower side if it's 4-5 heads...on the higher side if it's just two heads. This will also vary up or down up to $500 per head depending on if…"
Feb 12
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Whole-house Ductless Mini-split install costs

Something I've been working on for a few months now is trying to get a reasonable cost range for a whole-house ductless mini-split heat pump. A couple of anecdotal prices I've received range from an estimate of $10k for a 3-br, 1200 sqft ranch (four indoor units) to upwards of $30k actual cost on a different home, for which I don't have details.I've asked a couple of manufacturer field reps what they believe the install costs are for a whole-house system, and their complete failure to give me a…See More
Feb 12
Jesse Erbel replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion Whole-house Ductless Mini-split install costs
"I had a ductless setup on a home I owned in Zone 5. 2100 sf. The cost was under $15K. Over 60K BTU capacity. I also had quotes of over $30K.  I installed ductless because it made sense. The house was already built. It was three stories and had…"
Feb 10
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion Whole-house Ductless Mini-split install costs
"No one can give you a valid price as there is so much that goes into - size of the unit, how many wall warts, ease of running the lines... That doesn't include the make of the unit (you want cheap or...) different markups, margins by each…"
Feb 6
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Whole-house Ductless Mini-split install costs

Something I've been working on for a few months now is trying to get a reasonable cost range for a whole-house ductless mini-split heat pump. A couple of anecdotal prices I've received range from an estimate of $10k for a 3-br, 1200 sqft ranch (four indoor units) to upwards of $30k actual cost on a different home, for which I don't have details.I've asked a couple of manufacturer field reps what they believe the install costs are for a whole-house system, and their complete failure to give me a…See More
Feb 5
Shawna Henderson replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion 'Shielding insulation'
"Well, it's part of Selkirk's chimney or venting package, and "may be installed within an Attic Insulation Shield, a Wall Thimble or a Cathedral Ceiling Support" as  a way to reduce air leakage at that nastiest of places:…"
Apr 9, 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
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'Shielding insulation'

Good morning all,We had a question come up on "shielding insulation." The description is as follows: "The Universal Shielding Insulation is used to reduce cold air infiltration into the dwelling and to provide additional protection against radiant heat from the chimney or venting system."That description is vague enough to make me very skeptical--radiant barrier skeptical. Has anyone encountered this and able to validate or invalidate its usefulness?See More
Mar 29, 2014
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Rob Buchanan's discussion 'Shielding insulation'
"A bunch of marketing terms is all that it sounds like - without specs or anything else to discuss we are only guessing. As for dispelling myths & bad marketing terms, I do it all the time while trying not to give any link or seo love to the…"
Mar 29, 2014
Rob Buchanan posted a discussion

'Shielding insulation'

Good morning all,We had a question come up on "shielding insulation." The description is as follows: "The Universal Shielding Insulation is used to reduce cold air infiltration into the dwelling and to provide additional protection against radiant heat from the chimney or venting system."That description is vague enough to make me very skeptical--radiant barrier skeptical. Has anyone encountered this and able to validate or invalidate its usefulness?See More
Mar 28, 2014
Rob Buchanan replied to James White's discussion Smartphone Infrared Thermal Imaging Camera
"But your underlying point, Bud, is a valid one. Since this is, for all intents and purposes, a cheap thermal imager, how many clowns will buy one with no training whatsoever (not even taking the time to do free webinars)? How many will make…"
Feb 7, 2014
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Multifamily Buildings

For too long there has been relatively little EE focus on multifamily, but some new programs have recently started. This group gives us a venue to share our experiences on cost effective audit & retrofit strategies and analysis tool needs.See More
Jan 7, 2014
Rob Buchanan replied to Kari Sauder's discussion Easy Water Heater Venting in the group Hall of Shame
"Oh, that gave me a serious belly laugh at work. Jeez."
Jan 3, 2014
Rob Buchanan replied to Kari Sauder's discussion Easy Water Heater Venting in the group Hall of Shame
"I have to see a picture of the straps holding it up. Please post!"
Jan 3, 2014

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Alliant Energy
Professional Certification
BPI Building Analyst, BPI Envelope Specialist
Professional Interests
Retrofits and pressure barrier assessment and improvement, building performance auditing

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At 9:01am on December 29, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

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