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If you think ENERGY STAR Version 3.0 is hard...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chris Laumer-Giddens Mar 24, 2011. 2 Replies

At the RESNET conference earlier this month, Sam Rashkin talked to a room full of attendees about the new 'Concept Home' available in the ENERGY STAR Homes program. Essentially, it's Version 3.5,…Continue

Tags: Version, 3, Homes, for, STAR

EcoSmart Fireplaces...are they really a smart choice?

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What is your experience and/or thoughts on the EcoSmart fireboxes/fireplaces that are burning denatured ethanol? Are they any better or worse than the dreaded ventless gas fireplaces in a tight…Continue

Tags: denatured-ethanol, ventless-fireplace, ecosmart

 

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"Mini-splits have recently become an alternative to window AC units for homes where ductwork is not present. They are quieter and more efficient than most window units are. However, they come at an additional cost. Respondents with central AC and…"
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Franco Oyuela commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Installing Ducted Mini-Splits and ERV in Modern High Performance Home
"With ducted mini-split systems, evaporators are generally located close to the distribution point, which leads to a reduced amount of air leakage and dirt build-up in ductwork related to mini-split systems. Ducted mini-split systems allow users to…"
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"The compact design and long piping system gives homeowners free reign for designing a ductless system to their project’s needs, rather than accommodating bulky ducts. Versatile uses for so many applications is one of the reasons ductless…"
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Rock Wool Insulation for Floor of High Performance Tiny House

VIDEO: Foundation and Floor Framing for High Performance Tiny House, FloridaIn August of 2016, we posted a video describing the design and construction of the foundation and floor framing of our High Performance Tiny House in Florida. Since then, we have made a lot of progress. We've also prioritized the design and construction of an off-grid, "zombie proof" homestead, and its…See More
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Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home, Air Tight Ceiling
"@Joe Nagan, We have found this technique to be WAY simpler and A LOT less labor than making a ceiling with can lights and all other penetrations super air tight. Yes, it's unconventional, but VERY practical. It also makes framing the roof A LOT…"
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Joe Nagan commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home, Air Tight Ceiling
"Just read this article but I can't seem to find any actual 'goal' for the tightness of this building. Did I miss something? I certainly agree; ceilings of vented attics need to be 'tight' as does the rest of the shell. What…"
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Rock Wool Insulation for Floor of High Performance Tiny House

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VIDEO: Foundation and Floor Framing for High Performance Tiny House, Florida

In August of 2016, we posted a video describing the design and construction of the foundation and floor framing of our High Performance Tiny…

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

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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.…

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Building with Rocks, Rocks. Check out the Drying Potential

Posted on July 26, 2016 at 6:30am 0 Comments

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 …

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Well-Built Dumb Home

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Well-Built Dumb Home

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

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At 6:57am on April 10, 2012, Paul Bowman said…

Hey Chris, checked you out on LinkedIn. I like your positive take on things in this topsy-turvy field. Thanks very much for adding me.

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At 10:50am on May 10, 2011, John Poole said…

Hi Chris,

I think that's a great idea! Yes, we should do that. Want to try to talk about it a little later this week? I am extremely busy until tomorrow evening, but should be relatively free Thursday or Friday. If you have some preferred time, let me know, and I can give you call. And I really liked your Cart Before The Horse article, BTW, just haven't had a chance to comment yet. Have a good one!

~John

At 1:35pm on May 9, 2011, John Poole said…
Congratulations of being featured, Chris (and for a second time, no less!)
At 8:46am on March 22, 2011, John Poole said…
Hi Chris, Agreed on all that. Review board issues are yet another problem area we could possibly draft some general solutions for. Also, I wanted let you know that my good friend Juliana Inman from Napa, CA, a highly experienced preservation architect, has also joined HEP and our group. She's been through much of what you're descrbing and will be a great asset to the group. Regarding the presentation, I doubt there'd be any recording, but I will definitely get you a copy of the presenation slides. Have a good one!
At 5:49pm on March 21, 2011, John Poole said…

Thanks Chris! 

 

And I'm glad you're excited about the Historic Home group. I am too. Wasn't aware of your preservation background, but I think it's great that you're in a position to combine preservation knowledge with energy efficiency. I think these are very important areas that need to be unified. I am in the process of compiling some detailed discussion topics to post to the group about the difficulties of retrofitting older homes and buildings. If you don't mind, I will run them by you for your input before posting. I think between you, me, Allison, and Sean, we can make this a very successful HEP group.

 

Also, just so you know, in two weeks, I am giving a presentation on three ancient homes that I am in the process of surveying, at the Timber Framers Guild spring meeting. I am using SketchUp to build timber frame models, along with some Ruby extensions that support the creation of timber components (developed by another Guild member). That's why I like SketchUp so much. Its application is almost unlimited.

 

Have a good one, Chirs! 

At 5:01pm on March 21, 2011, John Poole said…
Hey, Chris, Congratulations on being featured! I Just got tagged myself. A great honor!
 
 
 

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