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Apartment tax credit qualifying?

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Nicholas Jun 13, 2016. 3 Replies

We are having a hard time getting apartments to qualify for the federal tax credit.  It seems that it requires so much more efforts over a stand alone house to qualify?  Has anyone had any success in…Continue

smoky neighbor

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Feb 19, 2015. 8 Replies

Here's an odd one - in a suburban neighborhood one person constantly is burning wood to heat his home- the problem is the next door neighbor, who gets the smoky draft coming into her home... no big…Continue

Workflow processes

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dmitri A Martin Dec 4, 2014. 1 Reply

Wondering if you have any experience with workflow programs?  Good ones, bad ones, industry specific?  Pros and cons?Thanks!Continue

RESNET CAZ Training

Started this discussion. Last reply by Everblue Training Jan 14, 2015. 2 Replies

Not BPI Certified & looking for a RESNET CAZ training in the Pacific NW?  I've only found 1 and it's full.  Anybody know of any in Washington or Oregon?Continue

Tags: RESNET, caz, training, CAZ

 

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Kent Mitchell commented on Marc Tannenbaum's blog post 3 Issues HVAC contractors Should Know About Impacting Customer Comfort and Health
"One of the big culprits we have found is lack of 6-sided enclosures.   Knee walls are the most common.  Blame falls on the HVAC but its really not their fault."
Nov 8, 2017
Kent Mitchell replied to Rob Madden's discussion Energy auditing as a stand-alone business model...
"Swiftsure Energy has run as consultants, verifiers and raters for 8 years- we audit very few (about 5% of our business) existing homes but instead focus mostly on new construction. Not sure if that is the answer to your question? We do not do any…"
Mar 28, 2017
John Nicholas replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion Apartment tax credit qualifying?
"You mean the 179 D   tax credit for commercial?"
Jun 13, 2016
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion Apartment tax credit qualifying?
"Got to ask, have you looked into the commercial version"
Jun 13, 2016
John Nicholas replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion Apartment tax credit qualifying?
"It is an issue of size.  We are well aware of what happens when the CFA of a home moves from 4000 sf to 6000 sf.  The HERS Index goes down, a lot of that is what happens with the increasing volume and the effect on infiltration. The same…"
Jun 9, 2016
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Apartment tax credit qualifying?

We are having a hard time getting apartments to qualify for the federal tax credit.  It seems that it requires so much more efforts over a stand alone house to qualify?  Has anyone had any success in making apartments qualify for the Federal tax credit?See More
Jun 8, 2016
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smoky neighbor

Here's an odd one - in a suburban neighborhood one person constantly is burning wood to heat his home- the problem is the next door neighbor, who gets the smoky draft coming into her home... no big holes on that side of the house, windows closed, exhaust fans off usually, and minimal use of the forced air furnace.  Built in early 2000 so not extremely tight, but not too bad either. 6 ACH50. Ducts in crawl and attic with 7% leakage. Vented crawlspace. Vented attic. HO wants to install an inline…See More
Feb 23, 2015
Eric Kjelshus replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Make the building positive.  Bring in more air than leaks out and the air you bring in super filter it.   Blow out the dirty air,  Then super clean the air inside the building.   Its what a clean room does.   "
Feb 19, 2015
Kent Mitchell replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Good points.  Thanks Bud!"
Feb 19, 2015
Bud Poll replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Hi Kent, I think the positive pressure option will need to be the choice as air sealing can get only so good and even if it was outstanding, extremely tight, you would then have to include fresh air.  The only advantage to sealing before…"
Feb 19, 2015
Kent Mitchell replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"A cleaner burn is a good suggestion.  The neighbor has agreed to extend the flue but that hasn't happened yet. No enforcement for this unless we are under a burn ban - which is rare.  This is a 2 story house and the air sealing should…"
Feb 19, 2015
Kent Mitchell replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Thanks Sean!  The supply only is generally frowned upon but not so much with an older house like this.  The encapsulated crawl has not worked well here because of radon and moisture.  The sealing measures have been started and I think…"
Feb 19, 2015
Larry Weingarten replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Hello:  I'd start with the simple approach of asking the neighbor to refrain from dampering down the fire so it can burn hotter and cleaner.  If they refuse to change habits, I'd ask the local jurisdiction (city or county) if…"
Feb 19, 2015
Bud Poll replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Half the house (guestimate) is already under a positive pressure and at the worst, for a ranch, she is dealing with just a couple of pascals of pressure. The vented crawlspace, as Sean mentioned, would be the place I would start since much of the…"
Feb 18, 2015
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Kent Mitchell's discussion smoky neighbor
"Correct me if I am wrong but isn't supply only considered bad in your area? Even if it isn't, what happens if another neighbor decides to use there stove where it can impact the supply Personally I would look into an encapsulated crawl and…"
Feb 18, 2015
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smoky neighbor

Here's an odd one - in a suburban neighborhood one person constantly is burning wood to heat his home- the problem is the next door neighbor, who gets the smoky draft coming into her home... no big holes on that side of the house, windows closed, exhaust fans off usually, and minimal use of the forced air furnace.  Built in early 2000 so not extremely tight, but not too bad either. 6 ACH50. Ducts in crawl and attic with 7% leakage. Vented crawlspace. Vented attic. HO wants to install an inline…See More
Feb 17, 2015

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Acronym CRAZY...

Posted on January 5, 2012 at 8:30pm 4 Comments

I don’t believe this is an industry specific issue but we do seem to have an excess of acronyms. 

For example we have RESNET, HERS, BPI, LEED, CSG, ACCI, ANSI, OSHA, WISHA, OMG, & LMAO! 

Confused yet?  No – then let’s try these on for size… ACH50, ACHNAT, SIPS, DMHP, HP, WH, HVAC, CFM, ELA, SLA and IECC, MEC, ASHRAE but don’t forget NYC! 

BTW can you name EPA, HERC, OSB, PVC, ABS, BD, DB, MDF, MDO, SEER, HSPF, HRV’s, ERV’s, DOE, NGBS, BIA, PV, UV, UVA, UVL, DHW, IAQ,…

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