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Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home, Air Tight Ceiling

Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home, Making it Super Air Tight!

The AIR Barrier at the ceiling plane, that is....

At LG Squared, we have experimented with many ways to design and build a roof assembly for a home. Without question, we have found the ventilated attic to be THE most effective.…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on September 16, 2016 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Building with Rocks, Rocks. Check out the Drying Potential

Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check out the Drying Potential.

Check this out! This 24" x 48" x 2" thick piece of rigid stone wool insulation was left out overnight (on purpose) on the High Performance Tiny House project site, to see how it handles a deluge of rain, which we knew was coming. One of the many …


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on July 26, 2016 at 3:30am — No Comments

Elevate Energy Mythbusters: Windows & Attics Edition

This blog post is guest written by former staff member Eric Keeley.

Great enthusiasm for home energy efficiency is often matched with misconceptions.  Let’s explore a bit and figure out the difference between what we perceive, believe, and what we know to be true.

Our Perception

Windows: We see through them every day and curse the drafts coming through and around them. We are certain that old windows are the main culprit behind why we spend so much…


Added by Amber Vignieri on June 24, 2016 at 10:00am — 4 Comments

Building Rainwater Harvesting Systems

Rainwater harvesting is a system which requires a two-step process. The two major events in rainwater harvesting are catchment and storage. The first hurdle is developing an adequate method of collection. Once the rain is collected, a proper and large storage system is required. The complexity and size can vary dramatically. The simplest methods involve the rerouting of gutters into an above ground rain barrel up to a complex system of catchment dishes, filters, pumps, ponds and…


Added by GBRI on March 24, 2016 at 12:30am — No Comments

Well-Built Dumb Home

Well-Built Dumb Home

  • One of the smartest things ever said about building a new home, was about something dumb:…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 17, 2016 at 5:45am — 3 Comments

Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta

Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta

Why in the world are we insulating a slab-on-grade in Hotlanta?

Reason #1: Atlanta is not, I repeat, NOT a cooling dominated climate. Wait...What?!?!?

Yes, it gets plenty hot here in the Summer, but it also gets downright cold. Which is why it's one of the more difficult climates to design and build in. We get both extremes.

I'm not saying we know what cold is, like all y'all do up yonder in them…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 1, 2016 at 4:03am — 9 Comments

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home!

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home

This is the home.


This is the hole that Sparky (electrician) "innocently" made to feed a wire to the light on the front porch of the High Performance Bungalow. I discovered it a day or two after our home performance diagnostics team, Carl Seville and Abe Kruger, of SK…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on November 24, 2015 at 6:08am — 4 Comments

Enter HeatSpring's Leaders in High Performance Building Giveaway!

This winter, we’re celebrating innovative builders and designers who work to improve the overall quality and performance of public and residential buildings with a course giveaway! If you’ve helped plan, design, construct, and/or operate a high performance building, enter our Leaders in High Performance Building…


Added by Gabrielle Rossetti on November 2, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

What is a Green Building Rating System?

As the demands for Green Buildings increase, so does the demand for comprehensive rating systems that define exactly what a Green Building is. While it may seem like having a rating system for Green Buildings would confine Green Building and discourage innovation, this is not the case. Many different Green Building rating systems that are currently in place encourage innovation and builders who incorporate particularly innovative aspects into their Green Building can earn extra points and…


Added by GBRI on September 17, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Common acronyms and definitions

The building science and home performance industry is full of confusing acronyms. These acronyms are used a lot in articles, blog posts. social media posts, webinars, conference sessions, etc. To help you, we have compiled a list of some of the more popular acronyms you’re likely to hear or read.

ABAA – Air Barrier Association of America

The Air Barrier Association of America (ABAA) was incorporated in Massachusetts in 2001 and consists of…


Added by Kim Tanner on September 14, 2015 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Building Science is Worthless...

Building Science is Worthless...

Thousands of hours went in this construction detail. When we factor all the time spent by building science engineers, from all over the world,…


Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on August 25, 2015 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Registration Open for Everblue's NCBPA Conference Workshops

Have you heard about the new NATE Certified RESNET HERS Rater HVAC Performance Verifier Certification? Get it now for only $399 - no hidden fees, no extra charges. Join our 1-day pre-conference workshop in Wilmington, NC and earn the new certification!

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After joining the North Carolina Building Performance Association (NCBPA), we were invited to offer two full-day workshops in advance of the 2015 NCBPA Conference in Wilmington, NC.

Our NCBPA pre-conference…


Added by Everblue Training on August 6, 2015 at 7:23am — No Comments

New Florida Building Code Takes Effect June 30

The International Code Council and the Florida Building Commission announced significant changes to the Florida Building Building Codes that will result in safer, sustainable buildings and homes. The updated Florida Building Codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application date of June 30, 2015 or later.

Now available, the …


Added by Everblue Training on June 24, 2015 at 11:01am — No Comments

Shades of Gray in Residential Construction Morality

I was called in to perform a last minute duct test for a modular home builder.  He was all in a dither to have a duct test and a blower door test done on a Friday so that he could get his Certificate of Occupancy (CO) so the homeowner could move in the following Monday.  He said that he’d just found out that he needed these tests.  The building inspector asked for them at the last minute!

I was glad to do it partially because it’s good to have builders aware of what is going on…


Added by Paul Raymer on April 27, 2015 at 5:24am — 22 Comments

Air Testing – How Air Tightness Testing Works?

If your building is not tested by air testing companies uk then air will continue to flow through the leakages and damage your wall, increase your power consumption and you will suffer from allergic diseases.

Air tightness testing can be done after the building construction is completed. It is recommended to hire air testing experts for your…


Added by Lee Blanchard on March 10, 2015 at 4:42am — No Comments

Definitive Guide for Improving Indoor Air Quality – Air Testing

Indoor air testing and detection of impure particles suspended in the air are definitely a laborious task but in order to keep a building and the rooms of a house safe and pollution-free, there are serious needs of air quality testing. We often tend to ignore the fact that due to air impurities almost more than seven million people die in the world every year due to respiratory ailments caused by moulds, termites, carpet dusts, pesticides and even room…


Added by Lee Blanchard on March 9, 2015 at 3:48am — No Comments

Multifamily Buildings Are Now Eligible to Apply for ENERGY STAR Certification

Sandeep and Carolyn Sood own several apartment buildings in Chicago, but the 55-unit building at 6731 S. Jeffery Boulevard is special. The building is one of the first in the country to receive the new ENERGY STAR® certification for multifamily buildings.

“For us, it’s an important designation. It shows people that want to live here that we care.…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on November 13, 2014 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

New Energy Code in Massachusetts

In July 2013, the State Board of Building Regulations and Standards (BBRS) voted to adopt the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (2012 IECC) and ASHRAE 90.1-2010 with MA amendments as the new baseline energy code. The BBRS allowed for the new regulations to run concurrently with the current energy regulations until July 1, 2014. During that time, either set of energy regulations could be used when applying for…


Added by Everblue Training on October 8, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments

When windows aren't the culprit of a leaky building, solve the mystery with an energy audit.

Liz Vogel replaced the windows and updated the heating system in her small multifamily building in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. But she still noticed that parts of her home were not staying warm in winter. So she set out to solve the mystery of the missing heat. She saw icicles hanging from her roof, and that was a clue that pointed to where heat was escaping. The presence of these “ice dams” meant that Liz was paying to heat her roof and melt the snow instead of heating her…


Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 11, 2014 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

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