Don Hynek
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Superinsulation retrofit is Complete!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Don Hynek Mar 1, 2016. 17 Replies

Remodeling of…Continue

Anybody know what this is??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Bradford E. White Dec 7, 2012. 3 Replies

During an…Continue

How much should I demo -- deep retrofit

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robert Riversong Sep 27, 2012. 8 Replies

the more I look at the potential of remodeling our 100-year-old house, the more I think about super-insulating the walls. I'm looking for experts and advice. (I know I can find lots of advice here,…Continue

Foam over Batts -- Dry Climate??

Started this discussion. Last reply by Patrick Michaelyan Jun 21, 2012. 7 Replies

So, I'm out of my weight on this one, and could use some advice... Good friend of mine with a lot of construction experience is now in Reno, NV, and is remodeling a house there. His new CPDS for…Continue

 

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Don Hynek replied to Bob Reuther's discussion Log home roof insulation
"I built one of these two decades ago. From inside to outside.... Log main beams, 2 x 6 T&G ceiling, 6 mil poly sheeting, then 14 inch TJI spacer/rafter with R-38 batt and 2 inch air space, then roof deck with soffit and ridge vents. We ran the…"
Aug 6, 2018
Don Hynek replied to Lucyna de Barbaro's discussion Very old boiler, converted to gas from coal
"Not a lot of info here, but here goes... At the age you describe, it's possible that this is a steam system, making hot water with a sidearm. That would fit the summer gas use, too -- that's an outrageous summer consumption for a single…"
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
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 Steve Eberly's discussion Humidity control in tight home
"You may not be able to make the problem go away completely in Zone 6, but bringing it under control shouldn't be hard. This house still has tons (literally) of construction moisture to lose, in the concrete, the framing, the drywall, etc. (Most…"
Apr 12, 2018
Don Hynek replied to Dennis's discussion Hoping to know more about the two-stage furnaces..
"You don't give us a lot to go on here. "Furnace is working poorly"? Furnace filter is OK, but you have a question about picking filters? A 19 year old furnace is getting along a bit, but is hardly an automatic candidate for…"
Feb 1, 2018
Don Hynek replied to David Butler's discussion Belgium’s Lavish Energy Use Sheds Light on More Than Just Its Roads
"I read the same article. Nothing of technical interest, but the policy side of me loved it. Every economist knows -- incentives matter. "It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not…"
Dec 18, 2017
Don Hynek replied to Shawna Henderson's discussion Exterior Insulation for Deep Energy Retrofits
"Shawna, We discussed this off-line, but here's a readily available in-progress report from a while ago... http://homeenergypros.org/forum/topics/superinsulation-retrofit-is-complete Field testing is in progress -- we got our first snow…"
Dec 7, 2017

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Multifamily energy efficiency, Blower door testing of large buildings, residential efficiency retrofits, statistical analysis, evaluation

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REALLY????

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Caleb Y Simon replied to John S. Rodenhizer's discussion Using radiant barriers as duct insulation, Aka "Bubble wrap" What value do you assign for R-value?
"I concur with your IMC interpretation. I have used this before with code officials and they have…"
1 hour ago
Ed Fritz replied to John S. Rodenhizer's discussion Using radiant barriers as duct insulation, Aka "Bubble wrap" What value do you assign for R-value?
"As a radiant barrier manufacturer I've been fighting this bad information for years. I've…"
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Sam Price replied to Tom Smith's discussion Assessing the true end user price of installing a new boiler?
"There are so many factors when calculating the cost of a new boiler. It's not quite as simple…"
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Dennis Heidner replied to John S. Rodenhizer's discussion Using radiant barriers as duct insulation, Aka "Bubble wrap" What value do you assign for R-value?
"Read the manufacturers claims and installation steps closely  The foil needs a dead…"
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Danny Gough replied to Danny Gough's discussion REALLY????
"As I have read through everyone's excelent responses, it has caused me to reassess my…"
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Tim O'Brien replied to Danny Gough's discussion REALLY????
"Bradford - I have seen single family homes with ducted central AC or heat pump hold enough water…"
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