Hey Just my thoughts on home energy. Alot of people want to create an house envelope that does not allow any air to get in or out. Sealed up tight as a drum. That is not the way to go in my humble experience. It depends way too much on mechanical refrigiration and not enough on passive heating and cooling. Check out Bio-memicary. I did not spell that right but it is the science of studying nature. look at a tree and how it works. Stand in the sun then stand under a tree. Look how the human body gets rid of heat. We have billions of pores that regulate our temperatures. Nature is the answer if we are to really become sustainable.
I'm new to this site and I'm not computer savvy. I got a question for you.
A contractor just installed a sump pump with a french drain to waterproof an unfinished section of my basement. He used a waffle board along the walls to prevent any leak from the walls. I would like to finish this section of my basement but i"m not sure how to make my first floor joint air tight and at the same time ventilate the basement floor in case of radon gas. Where should I go for advises on this?
Don’t know Sean Lintow of Best Practices, though I know Matthew Redmond. I want to ask you the same question I asked Matt:
I fear EFFECTIVE is something that may be overlooked as people suppose BEST PRACTICES are sufficient (necessary, yes . . . sufficient, no). Will EFFECTIVE get lost in Best Practices, especially as regards doing effective air seal and insulation?
Seems like insulators need a spot to share their solutions to problems, much as occurs at heatinghelp.com. Wife Cheryl and I do lots of follow-up inspections & here’s how we see the “Real World of Install” :
In our audit and follow-up independent guidance, and more-so looking at work people have had done before we are on-site, we estimate that, on average, people get about 70% of what is being paid for in programs that include an audit and follow-up inspection, and less than 70% of what is being bought in private work, outside of programs. It's hard to figure out a percentage since some work is completed as agreed but done poorly, some partly done, and in some cases payment is made for work that is entirely missing. From the installers view I think we'd venture the biggest problem of having something less, or different than what the installer bills for is simply reality: it’s difficult to "ace" air seal and insulation work.
Also, I’m bizi & want to know what’s involved w/ a group. Once started, what does the “starter” do?