Building Tighter Homes with Gasketed Framing
If you follow our blog, you know that we talk quite a bit about building science. In fact, we wrote a primer on how builders can use building science to produce more durable, comfortable, and energy-efficient homes. We also share…Continue
Added by Michael Schettine on February 15, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments
By Radhika Lalit and Kelly Vaughn
This year’s hurricane season is the most expensive on record, with $202.6 billion in damages according to Bloomberg. These storms across the Atlantic had devastating impacts on people’s lives and homes, on communities, and on infrastructure in the hardest-hit areas.
In fact, the damage from…Continue
Hire slow and fire fast. It’s a phrase that experienced managers and human resources professionals live by because many of us have learned the hard way that it only takes one bad hire to put your business into DEFCON Red Alert mode, which unfortunately tends to last weeks or even months after the event. Certainly, robust training programs, quality assurance, employee perks, good pay and an encouraging work environment all contribute to a company’s success, but it’s the human element, the…Continue
Added by David Byrnes on November 19, 2017 at 1:01am — No Comments
Download RMI’s latest report, An MPG for Homes: Driving Visible Value for Home Energy Performance in Real Estate.
There is tremendous risk and reward to being a first mover. News that Tesla…Continue
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Added by Kelly Vaughn on May 23, 2017 at 10:30am — No Comments
In August of 2016, we posted a video describing the design and construction of the foundation and floor framing of our High Performance Tiny…Continue
Added by Steven Lefler on December 28, 2016 at 11:14am — No Comments
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.…Continue
by Jacob Corvidae, Rocky Mountain Institute
What makes solar power contagious, and can home energy upgrades spread the same way? Solar is spreading like a reinvented fire. See the dropping prices, technology improvements, and …Continue
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 …Continue
Added by Chris Laumer-Giddens on July 26, 2016 at 6:30am — No Comments
First, let us set the scene. Elevate Energy and others have long recognized a specific challenge: When homeowners invest in improving the energy efficiency of their home and property, these measures are often…Continue
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…Continue
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…Continue
Added by Gabrielle Rossetti on November 2, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
It’s really nice when hard work pays off.
As part of the collaborative efforts of the Value for High Performance Homes Campaign, we were able to get an energy efficiency measure – air sealing and insulation – added to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost versus Value study. This matters because it legitimizes a valuable, low-cost, and manageable home improvement project which home…Continue
Added by Melissa Ulbricht on September 17, 2015 at 12:38pm — No Comments
Let’s set the scene first. As you may have experienced, when homeowners make improvements to an existing house, the most important aspects of home performance – including safety, comfort,…Continue
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,…Continue
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!
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…Continue
Added by Everblue Training on August 6, 2015 at 10:23am — No Comments
“If your new home was not built properly to Code, you might pay $50,000 over the life of your home in extra energy bills. You may have health and structural problems caused by hidden hidden problems and improper inspections by Code officials. At no cost to you, let us have your home checked to see if you are one of 1000s in Texas (name your State) where Codes are ignored.”
In Australia, homeowners are starting class actions against their builders for the same type of poor workmanship…Continue