David Butler
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RESNET gets serious about modeling platform consistency

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A critical element in ensuring the consistency of HERS Ratings is enhancing the consistency which RESNET accredited HERS Software Programs calculate the HERS Index Score. There are currently…Continue

Belgium’s Lavish Energy Use Sheds Light on More Than Just Its Roads

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As an avid amateur astronomer, the mitigation of light pollution is one of my passions, notably dovetailing with my professional passion for efficient design. The most efficient outdoor lighting…Continue

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New members may find subscriptions a bit confusing at first. I know I did. As you'd expect, when you create a new discussion or post a comment, you're automatically subscribed to comment…Continue

 

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David Butler replied to Dav Camras's discussion Adding blown insulation to poorly installed batts?
"When topping off an existing ceiling with batts, there's a cost to pulling out the old. True, the blown-in may not fill in all the gaps, but you'd likely get more benefit by spending that money on additional blown-in on top. A more worthy…"
Aug 2
Eric Kjelshus replied to David Butler's discussion another house explodes, killing 2 in apparent natural gas accident
"I have seen dry clay soil let gas though 2-4 blocks away - when wet clay seals the pipe then water gets into gas line.   Water trapped gas line and new home owner was thinking gas line was valved off but NO - clay dried out then the…"
Jul 12
Horace Douglas Hunt, Jr. replied to David Butler's discussion another house explodes, killing 2 in apparent natural gas accident
"Prayers for their family. I sure hope it wasnt new appliance. If so, was the installer qualified to install?"
Jul 12
Todd Williams replied to David Butler's discussion another house explodes, killing 2 in apparent natural gas accident
"As a former HVAC contractor, the thought of a newly installed appliance killing people is nauseating. "
Jul 9
David Butler posted a discussion

another house explodes, killing 2 in apparent natural gas accident

2 dead in house blast, no foul play suspectedExcerpts from the article:"A house exploded in New Jersey early Saturday, killing a husband and wife and reducing the two-story home to piles of scattered rubble...."The blast initially reported as a gas explosion shattered windows in nearby homes..."Neighbors said the Paladinos had a new stove delivered on Friday,…See More
Jul 8
David Butler replied to Chris Bellanca's discussion Overheating garage
"Easy... insulate the attic ceiling. I'm not sure how much good it would do to air seal a garage ceiling, especially if walls are typical uninsulated but it would be relatively inexpensive to air seal the ceiling before insulation goes in. Also,…"
Jun 21
David Butler replied to Jerry Needham's discussion CONDENSATION ON CEILING AND WALLS OF MASTER BR
"Is it the cathedral ceiling that's sweating? Is the condensation on or adjacent to supply vents?"
May 31
David Butler replied to Gary Hall's discussion HERS score with HRV
"@Gary, the HERS score is intended to reflect projected energy consumption, and since ventilation by definition adds to energy consumption (due to increased heating & cooling loads), it follows that adding ventilation should negatively impact the…"
May 18
David Butler replied to Jeremy Begley's discussion REMRATE Modeling of 2 stage Heat Pumps - Including GSHP in the group HVAC
"Jeremy, I don't have the latest version so there may be a new input I'm not familiar with. If you're talking about the Load Served (%) field on the Mechanical Equipment Properties Summary form, that refers to the breakdown between…"
May 16
David Butler replied to Gary Wright's discussion Radiant Barrier Southeast
"If no ducts in attic, I can't imagine any rationale for installing RB. If the objective is to reduce ceiling (cooling) loads, fix the ceilings."
May 4
David Butler replied to Gary Wright's discussion Radiant Barrier Southeast
"In new construction, I used to specify TechShield OSB for roof sheating, which adds about 10 cents per sq.ft. of roof (may no longer be accurate). A large study of Energy Star homes in Houston included homes with ducts in the attic, sealed to Energy…"
May 3
David Butler replied to Andy Wahl's discussion Fire Rated High Performance Doors
"ThermaTru makes attractive fire rated doors that have a decent u-value (0.15 IIRC). Keep in mind that the delta-T will be relatively small so there's no reason to pay for something crazy efficient in that location."
Apr 27
David Butler replied to Jenna Bader's discussion Green Building Tips for a School Bus RV Conversion Project
"I agree with Sean that closed cell spray foam is the way to go. Closed cell gives you R6 to R7 per inch, compared to about half that for open cell and fibrous insulation. Also, open cell is vapor permeable and you need at least 3 inches get an…"
Apr 27
David Butler replied to Alan Lehman's discussion Zehnder Comfopipe vs. rigid pipe
"@Alan, I see you're located coastal California so there's no chance for any condensation on any supply runs inside the thermal envelope, so uninsulated metal pipe is fine for all house side ducts -- supply and exhaust. Brennan's…"
Apr 26
David Butler replied to John C. Semmelhack's discussion ACCA: Call for Volunteers to Aid the Development of a New Design Manual for Low-Load Homes
"It's about damn time."
Apr 16
David Butler replied to Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"Excellent post, Brad. Your comment about master bedroom setback is an example of a topic every high performance practitioner should discuss with clients. I love to sleep in a cool bedroom at night... I even open the window in the dead of winter if…"
Mar 29

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At 9:43am on November 1, 2011, Diane Chojnowski said…

Hi David,

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VERY TIGHT HOME WITH OVER SIZED AC

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Apply now for the Jon Siemen Memorial Scholarship!

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