Jerry Needham
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70 unit building rehab

Started this discussion. Last reply by Eric Kjelshus Feb 26. 12 Replies

We met briefly with the HO manager and they have a 3 story with parking garage under the 3 floors that is heated.  The building has 2 entrances with meeting area in both foyers and the foyers are…Continue

Cathedral ceiling with tongue and groove ceiling. Looking for solutions.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Keith Tripp Nov 29, 2018. 4 Replies

Did audit last week and…Continue

Blower door test for small apartment building

Started this discussion. Last reply by John White Jan 25. 20 Replies

Today I received a request to test 4 units for a small apartment building.  He says the building is 32x52 which is 1560 SF.  There is 4 apartments which are 1 bedroom and living room plus bath and…Continue

HVAC Question about running fan continuously VS setting on Auto so it runs when AC or furnace runs

Started this discussion. Last reply by John White Sep 7, 2018. 24 Replies

I get a lot of confusion from homeowners who are told by their HVAC contractor to run the fan "on" all the time.  I realize that these high-efficiency furnaces now have the DC motors that take less…Continue

 

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Eric Kjelshus replied to Jerry Needham's discussion 70 unit building rehab
"We did a 1955 apt building.  budget started at $35K and ended at $234K. A) show value,  cost of repair vs new, energy cost, system eff,  Cost per hr before - after ect B) Pay back - short is not the big thing its rate of return C)…"
Feb 26
Jim Nugent replied to Jerry Needham's discussion 70 unit building rehab
"With the budget do an energy report as Jenna suggested, it should only be a few thousand dollars for energypro or CBEC analysis. The Econ II will list the energy savings by type of improvement. The majority of your savings will be in the exterior…"
Feb 25
Mark Furst replied to Jerry Needham's discussion 70 unit building rehab
"Large multi-families are challenging, both to test and to upgrade. I work solely in the single family/duplex market but From what I've seen at conferences and on line, the things I'd look for are: Any concrete that can potentially act as a…"
Feb 25
Russ Eisenberg replied to Jerry Needham's discussion 70 unit building rehab
"Jerry, I agree that with the limited budget per unit it will be tough to really start tearing into things.  Sorry for the shameless plug, but depending on window square footage and current conditions, Indow window inserts might be a great…"
Feb 25
Daniel Baur-McGuire replied to Jerry Needham's discussion 70 unit building rehab
"50K is not much to work with. I would look to air seal units. It will also improve sound and smell transfer between units. 2nd I would look to HVAC for comfort. HVAC and Air sealing usually solve many comfort issues. Is the HVAC system ducted? if so…"
Feb 25
Brett Little replied to Jerry Needham's discussion 70 unit building rehab
"Agreed. Sample a few units.  Use the GreenHome Inspection checklist https://greenhomeinstitute.org/greenstar-remodeling-inspection-checklist/ Then work up some draft HERS ratings of some different units on each floor. Corner, center and…"
Feb 25
tedkidd replied to Jerry Needham's discussion 70 unit building rehab
"Interview a few home owners, get an understanding of their complaints and how important they are. Budget may grow if you find enough pain. Maybe the 50k should go towards diagnostics and design. At some point old equipment will need replacement,…"
Feb 25
Daniel Beauchemin replied to Jerry Needham's discussion 70 unit building rehab
"Install ThermoDrain - drain water heat recovery technology onto the main drain stacks. Would need more info on location and type of water heating as well as drainage. Essentially the cost of one ThermoDrain would be shared by several dwellings and…"
Feb 25
Karin Haerter replied to Jerry Needham's discussion 70 unit building rehab
"With such a limited budget, you might focus on one of the biggest issues I’ve found in multiple dwellings: pressure differences.  Hard to make more specific suggestions without knowing more about the construction and layout, but I would…"
Feb 23
Jacob Corvidae replied to Jerry Needham's discussion 70 unit building rehab
"With less than $1,000 / unit and comfort as the primary driver, air-sealing and select insulation seems likely to be the best solution. But it's worth also looking at what the replacement schedule is for the AC and furnaces. If it's…"
Feb 21
Sean Lintow Sr replied to Jerry Needham's discussion 70 unit building rehab
"He is in the Chicago market & here single pane aluminum windows are not something you would like to have when the temps drop into the negatives... There are numerous was to look into this but I would start with the easiest - poll the existing…"
Feb 16
Jenna Bader replied to Jerry Needham's discussion 70 unit building rehab
"Where is this project located? Try getting an energy modeler to perform an analysis of the building. In California, we work on Multifamily projects and the California Building Code for Energy Compliance requires the use of the California…"
Feb 14
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70 unit building rehab

We met briefly with the HO manager and they have a 3 story with parking garage under the 3 floors that is heated.  The building has 2 entrances with meeting area in both foyers and the foyers are open all the way to top of building.The HO manager says they have about $50,000 allocated for some upgrades and he wants to know if I as an energy auditor can give the 70 owners any suggestions to improve the comfort issues in this 50 yr old building.  We are thinking about doing a sample of some units…See More
Feb 12
John White replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Blower door test for small apartment building
"It highly depends on the purpose of the test. If you are testing it for code compliance, then there is no need for such tests. If you would test each unit individually then it automatically eliminates the pesky adiabatic leakage."
Jan 25
Daniel Baur-McGuire replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Blower door test for small apartment building
"I have done 10 houses with aerobarrier. It is impressive!  I thought at first it was a great idea but most likely a scam 2 good to be true. After the second house I was sold. It seals all the problem areas at the source point. Everything I have…"
Dec 6, 2018
Colin Genge replied to Jerry Needham's discussion Blower door test for small apartment building
"Retrotec has a tubing hookup diagram in their multi-fan manual that is available on line for free. "
Dec 5, 2018

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Spray foam on attic deck to stop mold

Posted on April 7, 2018 at 8:57pm 2 Comments

I am working with an insulation company who has already applied 2" of closed cell foam over the deck of a roof deck that has been remediated for mold twice. It was thought by spraying the foam, there would be no chance of the mold coming back.  This is a million dollar home in the Chicagoland area and homeowner is trying to sell the home but a private home inspector says the foam will shorten the life of the roof and he has scared off perspective buyers with his talk.  I have told the…

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