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Looking for an Engineer who can design for Advanced Framing/Optional Value Engineering in Seismic area

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dav Camras Aug 1. 2 Replies

Hi,I have an associate who is looking for a structural engineer who can/is willing to design a home with AF/OVE in the Los Angeles, CA basin. If anyone knows please pass on contact info. Thanks.  Continue

Tags: OVE, Framing/, Advanced

Adding blown insulation to poorly installed batts?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Peter Krych Aug 17, 2018. 10 Replies

I am curious about other's experience as I get asked the following question all the time: Is it necessary to pull out a poorly installed batt of insulation or will a subsequent blow of cellulose or…Continue

Tags: retrofit, insulation

E.L.M. Aquastar by E.L.M Leblanc SA france

Started Jul 2, 2018 0 Replies

I was hired to rate a house and found an ELM Aguastar 125 VP/VPS installed in the house. It is a tankless 125k Btu natural gas hot water heater with a continuously burning pilot light. Anyone know…Continue

Tags: heating, water, Hot

Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dav Camras Oct 8, 2018. 25 Replies

I have been trying to get feedback from people's experience with these breaker box monitoring tools. Do any of them work and provide useful data. I frequently get called by people who want me to…Continue

Tags: monitoring, energy, house, whole

 

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Dav Camras replied to Dav Camras's discussion Looking for an Engineer who can design for Advanced Framing/Optional Value Engineering in Seismic area
"thx"
Aug 1
Charles Bennett replied to Dav Camras's discussion Looking for an Engineer who can design for Advanced Framing/Optional Value Engineering in Seismic area
" 2 in Northern California: Beyond Efficiency Inc. - Katy Hollbacher, P.E., ‭(415) 236-1333‬, did the engineering for the Blue2 Passive House in Pt Reyes Station; not near the San Andreas, but ON the San Andreas.  …"
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Looking for an Engineer who can design for Advanced Framing/Optional Value Engineering in Seismic area

I have an associate who is looking for a structural engineer who can/is willing to design a home with AF/OVE in the Los Angeles, CA basin. If anyone knows please pass on contact info. Thanks. See More
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Looking for an Engineer who can design for Advanced Framing/Optional Value Engineering in Seismic area

Hi,I have an associate who is looking for a structural engineer who can/is willing to design a home with AF/OVE in the Los Angeles, CA basin. If anyone knows please pass on contact info. Thanks.  See More
Jul 31
Dav Camras replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"Have you used it? Does anyone install a circuit level monitoring devise for a month or two and then take it out once you have a month's worth of data? Seems they are pretty expensive to devote to each client and once you have the general idea…"
Oct 8, 2018
John White replied to Dav Camras's discussion Experience with new energy monitoring tools such as Curb, Sense, Nerio and Smapee
"It is a whole house monitor device. It is similar to the TED Energy Detective device. Thanks, for sharing knowledge on these breaker box monitoring tools. These devices are really useful for homeowners using HVAC systems."
Oct 8, 2018
Peter Krych replied to Dav Camras's discussion Adding blown insulation to poorly installed batts?
"I agree, it is wasteful to remove and dump old insulation. I still does its job. Air sealing is important so after that's done blow cellulose and a good job will be had for a much lower price."
Aug 17, 2018
Sam Feder liked Dav Camras's discussion Adding blown insulation to poorly installed batts?
Aug 16, 2018
Brian Robinson replied to Dav Camras's discussion Adding blown insulation to poorly installed batts?
"YES, YES, & YES!!! Bat droppings, mouse droppings, dead mice, nuts, seeds, acorns, lack of access to properly air seal, these are a few of my least favorite things . . . "A 1994 report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer…"
Aug 15, 2018
Don Hynek replied to Dav Camras's discussion Adding blown insulation to poorly installed batts?
"It's far more sustainable to re-use existing product, if there's no hazard. (It's also cheaper! And easier!) You want to assure that the attic is air-sealed anyway, so when you put them back you have a cheap opportunity to undo the…"
Aug 6, 2018
Don Hynek replied to Dav Camras's discussion Adding blown insulation to poorly installed batts?
"It's far more sustainable to re-use existing product if there's no hazard. (It's also cheaper! And easier!) You want to assure that the attic is air-sealed anyway, so when you put them back you have a cheap opportunity to undo the…"
Aug 6, 2018
Matt Sharpe replied to Dav Camras's discussion Adding blown insulation to poorly installed batts?
"I have seen this done well too and may be the best cost effective approach considering the insulation is in good condition. It does have value if installed like it was meant to be. Air tightness is the indicator of success. If you are good with…"
Aug 3, 2018
Ed Minch replied to Dav Camras's discussion Adding blown insulation to poorly installed batts?
"After lifting specific batts for blower-door/IR/experience guided air sealing, (rarely with 2 part foam) my crews will use a narrow rake to push batts down against the ceiling and around wiring and framing anomalies.  Then we will blow on top.…"
Aug 2, 2018
tedkidd replied to Dav Camras's discussion Adding blown insulation to poorly installed batts?
"What Matt said. Remove everything. Air seal. Ideally with 2 part foam. Blower door test to find remaining leaks. Install fresh. The insulation has little value without air sealing. More of worthless is still worthless. We are removing…"
Aug 2, 2018
Dav Camras replied to Dav Camras's discussion Adding blown insulation to poorly installed batts?
"The "sad" part is the attic insulation is new and clean. The house was remodeled a few years ago and they want AC b/c it is so hot. Poor batt insulation quality with big skylight shafts have to be part of the problem. "
Aug 2, 2018

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HouseSmart Green Solutions/HERSRaterLA
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Building energy modeler, Energy auditor / assessor / analyst
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BPI, HERS Rater, RESNET
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At 4:33pm on November 6, 2017, Diane Chojnowski said…

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