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Factory built homes using good building science

I am looking for a factory built home that is an  example of good building science.  I would like to use it as a teaching moment for  my clents.  I live in the soutwest corner of Michigan.  We have cold, dry winters and hot, humid summers.  You may e-mail your suggestions to dixie@Homes2Love.com.

Added by dixie wong on June 4, 2018 at 10:28am — No Comments

The Silver Bullet to Zero Energy Affordability, by Paul Springer

 

Hint: It’s not solar or storage...

 

Before solving the above scenario, the key assumptions are as follows:

  • Both houses are identical in location, design, and orientation
  • Location is Arizona, or Climate Zone 5
  • Size of home is 1900 square feet
  • New construction and meets minimum 2009 IECC requirements, or an estimated annual…
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Added by Home Energy Magazine on April 19, 2018 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Rebuild Green Expo, Santa Rosa, CA Feb 23, 2018

I was spending a month in Oregon (in an off-grid community of mud huts and organic food) when the fires began raging in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties. Driving home to the Bay…

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Added by Home Energy Magazine on March 23, 2018 at 11:30am — No Comments

Rebuild Green Expo, Santa Rosa, CA Feb 23, 2018

I was spending a month in Oregon (in an off-grid community of mud huts and organic food) when the fires began raging in Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino Counties. Driving home to the Bay…

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Added by Leslie Jackson on March 23, 2018 at 1:30am — No Comments

Looking to Make Your Home More Comfortable and Healthy? Building Scientists Say ‘Air Seal First. See Your House as a System & Look Up in the Attic.’

Caption:  Average monthly energy bills are $14 at the Villas at Rocketts Landing,  DOE's  2017, Housing Innovation Award Winner, thanks to a combination of solar power, tight construction, air sealing and innovation HVAC system placement and insulation. 

Building scientists are a data-driven skeptical bunch. When…

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Added by Ian Halpern on February 28, 2018 at 10:40am — 6 Comments

Always Learning: Elevator Bill Expands His Building Science Toolbox with Passive House

passive house certification 1 We’re always looking to advance our skills and deepen our expertise in building science; it’s the foundation of our work! The knowledge our staff has of building science is essential when they’re out in the field looking for opportunities for energy efficiency improvements. The more possible upgrades they can identify, the more money the people we serve can save. Since we never stop learning at Elevate Energy, Technical Project Lead Bill Lyons recently became one of 1,350…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on April 7, 2017 at 10:00am — No Comments

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.…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on September 16, 2016 at 7:30am — 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 …

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on July 26, 2016 at 6:30am — 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…

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Added by Amber Vignieri on June 24, 2016 at 1:00pm — 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…

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Added by GBRI on March 24, 2016 at 3:30am — 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:…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 17, 2016 at 8:45am — 4 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…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on February 1, 2016 at 7:03am — 10 Comments

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home!

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home

This is the home.

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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…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on November 24, 2015 at 9:08am — 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…

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Added by Gabrielle Rossetti on November 2, 2015 at 11:30am — 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…

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Added by GBRI on September 17, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

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,…

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Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on August 25, 2015 at 6:30am — 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…

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Added by Everblue Training on August 6, 2015 at 10:23am — 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 …

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Added by Everblue Training on June 24, 2015 at 2:01pm — 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…

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Added by Paul Raymer on April 27, 2015 at 8:24am — 22 Comments

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