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Moisture Management in Hawaii

Started this discussion. Last reply by Blake Reid Oct 26, 2017. 5 Replies

This one has all the goodies: high stakes, datalogging, graphs...…Continue

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Blake Reid replied to Beverly Lerch's discussion Mini split air conditioners and ceiling fans
"Good opinions in these replies!  I'll just add a few: * Experiment.  It's your house and how you feel in it should drive your decisions.  If it was my house, I'd start by turning the fans off. * There is no "best…"
9 hours ago
Blake Reid's blog post was featured

The Trouble with Holes

spoiler alert: Hawaiian attic holes look just like mainland attic holes.published on my website recently at https://terrawatthome.com/blog/trouble-holesRight now there's a 10,000-acre wildfire near Waikoloa and an active volcano that won't stop.  A…See More
Aug 28
Blake Reid posted a blog post

The Trouble with Holes

spoiler alert: Hawaiian attic holes look just like mainland attic holes.published on my website recently at https://terrawatthome.com/blog/trouble-holesRight now there's a 10,000-acre wildfire near Waikoloa and an active volcano that won't stop.  A…See More
Aug 23
Blake Reid replied to John Carton's discussion Insulation touches underside of roof in home with no soffit or soffit venting.
"What does it look like now, and how long has it been like that?"
Aug 23
Blake Reid posted a blog post

Kilauea, vog, and IAQ

Been fielding a few questions about vog lately:http://www.terrawatthome.com/news/2018/05/16/what-you-can-do-about-vog--------------------------------------"Vog is a form of air pollution that results when sulfur dioxide (SO2) and other gases and particles emitted by an erupting volcano react with oxygen and moisture in the presence of sunlight. The word is a portmanteau of the words 'volcanic,' 'smog,' and…See More
May 17
Blake Reid's blog post was featured

The Math on Solar Hot Water in Hawaii

I got a question from a PV salesperson about SHW, went to energy code trainings and SHW came up, and have been reminded a lot lately that SHW is a viable option. I had to write it down to organize it before it all went away. Here in Hawaii, passive solar systems are prevalent because we don't have to worry about freezing so much. We also have $0.34/kWh electricity on the Big Island.link to blog:…See More
May 3
Blake Reid posted a blog post

The Math on Solar Hot Water in Hawaii

I got a question from a PV salesperson about SHW, went to energy code trainings and SHW came up, and have been reminded a lot lately that SHW is a viable option. I had to write it down to organize it before it all went away. Here in Hawaii, passive solar systems are prevalent because we don't have to worry about freezing so much. We also have $0.34/kWh electricity on the Big Island.link to blog:…See More
Apr 30
Blake Reid's blog post was featured

Heating Houses in Hawaii (pt. 1)

It can get cold in Hawaii.  I know, I know.  I've been hearing it forever:"My year in Hawaii we lived happily with no heat...""Winter is Not Coming""What do you mean, it's cold?  You're in Hawaii!""Do you even NEED walls?"I live on the wet side of Waimea, north of Mauna Kea.  You know what "mauna kea" means, right?  It means "white mountain."  You know why it's white, right?  Because it snows sometimes.  Today's news:…See More
Dec 14, 2017
Blake Reid commented on Blake Reid's blog post Heating Houses in Hawaii (pt. 1)
"Yes, all of that.  The next part (stay tuned for part 2) will be about my hunt for a decent design temp.  I found a Weather Underground station very near me, and in looking at it, I'm in the 52-55 range. I do like it when I get to…"
Dec 12, 2017
David Butler commented on Blake Reid's blog post Heating Houses in Hawaii (pt. 1)
"I haven't used Treat but if it has a Design Heating and Cooling load report, I'm sure it's based on the design temperatures. And since it has the TMY3 hourly climate files, it can easily calculate the design temperature for any TMY3…"
Dec 11, 2017
Blake Reid commented on Blake Reid's blog post Heating Houses in Hawaii (pt. 1)
"David, you've found my problem.  How to find good inputs, still use some "judgment," and feel good about coming up with a decent solution. I use TREAT.  I don't like TREAT, but it has a couple of advantages for me: (1)…"
Dec 11, 2017
David Butler commented on Blake Reid's blog post Heating Houses in Hawaii (pt. 1)
"What software are you using? Proper heat load calculations are based on the local Design Temperature, not HDD as degree days tell us nothing about how much capacity is needed to heat or cool a home. Degree days can be used to roughly estimate…"
Dec 11, 2017
Blake Reid posted a blog post

Heating Houses in Hawaii (pt. 1)

It can get cold in Hawaii.  I know, I know.  I've been hearing it forever:"My year in Hawaii we lived happily with no heat...""Winter is Not Coming""What do you mean, it's cold?  You're in Hawaii!""Do you even NEED walls?"I live on the wet side of Waimea, north of Mauna Kea.  You know what "mauna kea" means, right?  It means "white mountain."  You know why it's white, right?  Because it snows sometimes.  Today's news:…See More
Dec 11, 2017
Blake Reid replied to Shawna Henderson's discussion Exterior Insulation for Deep Energy Retrofits
"I don't know if you've heard from Jon on this, but I was at Snug Planet when it was involved in a NYSERDA study on DERs.  A few contractors, around the state, doing different treatments.  One did exterior spray foam, Snug did a…"
Dec 7, 2017
Blake Reid replied to Joseph Lamy's discussion TREAT - energy audit software
"I used TREAT extensively for single-family residential for 10 years.  I can't comment on its multi-family capabilities, but I imagine it's similar. TREAT is not intuitive.  Personally I like a graphical interface, but TREAT…"
Nov 9, 2017
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The Trouble with Holes

Posted on August 23, 2018 at 7:30pm 0 Comments

spoiler alert: Hawaiian attic holes look just like mainland attic holes.

published on my website recently at https://terrawatthome.com/blog/trouble-holes…

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Kilauea, vog, and IAQ

Posted on May 17, 2018 at 4:30pm 0 Comments

Been fielding a few questions about vog lately:

http://www.terrawatthome.com/news/2018/05/16/what-you-can-do-about-vog

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"Vog is a form of air pollution that results when…

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The Math on Solar Hot Water in Hawaii

Posted on April 30, 2018 at 5:42pm 0 Comments

I got a question from a PV salesperson about SHW, went to energy code trainings and SHW came up, and have been reminded a lot lately that SHW is a viable option. I had to write it down to organize it before it all went away. Here in Hawaii, passive solar systems are prevalent because we don't have to worry about freezing so much. We also have $0.34/kWh electricity on the Big Island.

link to blog:…

Continue

Heating Houses in Hawaii (pt. 1)

Posted on December 11, 2017 at 1:00pm 4 Comments

It can get cold in Hawaii.  I know, I know.  I've been hearing it forever:

  • "My year in Hawaii we lived happily with no heat..."
  • "Winter is Not Coming"…
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