Brad Cook
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When is a fuel history confidential and why?

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Meiland Mar 24, 2018. 5 Replies

I always try to get a 3+ year fuel history from clients prior to starting an energy assessment. If the client recently bought the property, the fuel dealer often cites confidentiality rules as to why…Continue

Too many Heat Pump Water Heaters in a basement?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Crista Oct 19, 2017. 12 Replies

I recently met with the owner of a local rural inn to discuss performing a comprehensive energy assessment for him. He has been looking at replacing his existing propane boiler and three 80 gal.…Continue

BDT with vermiculite in hollow CMU walls?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Jan Green May 11, 2017. 20 Replies

We don't have many brick homes around here in central Vermont. I recently visited a one-story ranch home that was built with exterior walls of hollow core CMUs (concrete masonry units), a brick…Continue

 

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Brad Cook replied to Ben Stallings's discussion radon mitigation with HRV?
"For floor drains that rarely (if ever) see water, pour some mineral oil in the trap to seal out any gases from entering the house. It won't evaporate like water."
Oct 1
Brad Cook replied to Ben Stallings's discussion radon mitigation with HRV?
"It appears that you don't understand the purpose of a radon mitigation system. Properly installed, such as system does NOT take any air from the house. Its purpose it to create a slight negative pressure under the slab (or heavy duty plastic…"
Sep 30
Brad Cook replied to Haley Keegan's discussion Baffles without soffit vents?
"Even in a cold attic above a tightly sealed house, you can have condensation in colder climates. Think of a relatively warm, sunny day in winter heating up the attic air as it exchanges with outside air. Warmer air can hold more moisture. At night…"
Sep 2
Brad Cook replied to Haley Keegan's discussion Baffles without soffit vents?
"I didn't say never. Read my qualifying remarks regarding walls.,"
Sep 2
Brad Cook replied to Haley Keegan's discussion Baffles without soffit vents?
"The whole rationale for venting a roof is to provide a path for moisture to escape. The standards date back to the 1930s when fiberglass was beginning to be popular as insulation. Air moves through the fiberglass and if the roof deck is below the…"
Sep 1
Brad Cook replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"What is discordant is that the CO2 in the Living Room is high even when the OP is home alone during the day, yet quickly goes down to normal levels when people leave. If the CO2 level drops fairly quickly, then the house must be well…"
Aug 30
Brad Cook replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"Lunos is an expensive HRV that can only move 20 CFM maximum The Panasonic Whisper ERV instructions specifically state to not install in a bathroom or kitchen!"
Aug 30
Brad Cook replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"I have the  TIM10 Desktop CO2, Temp. & Humidity Monitor from co2meter.com. I have compared it with a $400 handheld, calibrated meter and a dedicated data logger (Lascar) and found the readings to be reasonably accurate (it is rated at +/-…"
Aug 28
Brad Cook replied to Ben Stallings's discussion high CO2 in a leaky house
"There is some good information in these posts, mixed in with a lot of misinformation, conjecture and speculation that does not consider the facts provided by the OP. I looked on the Uhoo website and could not find any information on what sensors are…"
Aug 28
Brad Cook replied to Chris Stratton's discussion Okay to use 1" polyiso as a insulation base for 50 gallon heat pump water heater?
"Not all insulation is the same. For example, Dow's Super Tuf-R polyiso has a compression strength of  25 psi (3,600 lbs per sq.ft.) and a permeance of <0.03 perm, but IKO's Enerair has a compression strength of 20 psi (2,880 lbs…"
Aug 23
Brad Cook replied to David Wentling's discussion ERV recommendations
"Many ERVs, particularly those with enthalpic wheels, use only ONE motor to run two fans. The In/Out are balanced with dampers. The ASHRE standards are guidelines. The installed ventilation system should be capable of moving at least the amount of…"
Aug 22
Brad Cook replied to Brennan Less's discussion Summer mid-day Condensation in newly insulated unvented, cathedral ceiling using foil-faced polyiso
"Yes & No - We ventilate a roof to allow moisture to escape. In a well insulated roof with a vapor impermeable rigid insulation (warning- not all rigid insulation is a Class I vapor retarder!) vapor escaping is not a concern, but heat loss is.…"
Aug 11
Brad Cook replied to Brennan Less's discussion Summer mid-day Condensation in newly insulated unvented, cathedral ceiling using foil-faced polyiso
"Stripping a roof just to add a ventilation space is only an attempt at fixing the symptom. If you are going to strip the roofing, then add at least a few inches of rigid insulation first. With adequate vapor impermeable insulation covering the…"
Aug 10
Brad Cook replied to Robert Logston's discussion Mini-Crawl Spaces between City Row-Home's Conditioned Stories
" Now I am really confused. The 2nd photo shows what appears to be a typical 2x10 or 12" joist bay, with what appears to be sheetrock below and plywood subfloor above, with what appears to be mold on some of the surfaces. This is commonly…"
Apr 15
Brad Cook replied to Robert Logston's discussion Mini-Crawl Spaces between City Row-Home's Conditioned Stories
"Do you mean crawl spaces below the lowest floor level? or do you mean a 2-3 ft. space between floors? What do you mean by "opened to the outdoors" and "bypasses"? If you are talking about crawl spaces, then cellulose is not…"
Apr 11

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At 2:59pm on October 12, 2016, Diane Chojnowski said…

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