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Integrative Design: Planning Early Reduces Risk Later

Posted on August 17, 2011 by Amy Hook in Green Communities

Hello, Green NSP World. I saw this post on the larger Enterprise Community Partners blog by Ray Demers @the horizon and thought you would enjoy it! - Amy

Charrettes as a simpler fix

Blog Review: NB Superinsulated House

Posted on August 16, 2011 by Scott Gibson in Green Building Blog

Richard Lachance, an architect, spent 22 years working in the Missouri state park system before relocating to Cocagne, New Brunswick. He now researches “the transition to a new economy,” including the role of energy-efficient housing design.

Cocagne is a small community at the mouth of the Cocagne River in this Canadian Martime province. Across the Northumberland Straight is Prince Edward Island. Given its location and sometimes harsh weather, LaChance’s interest in superinsulated house design makes sense.

Insulating Old Brick Buildings

Posted on August 12, 2011 by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor in Musings of an Energy Nerd

UPDATED March 19, 2015

Older buildings with load-bearing brick walls are common in many northern U.S. cities. While these thick (muti-wythe) brick walls were often plastered on the interior, they were rarely insulated.

Ramblings on Retail and Green Homes

Posted on August 11, 2011 by Carl Seville, GBA Advisor in Green Building Curmudgeon

My father owned a local hardware store for almost thirty years, and I have fond memories of hanging out and working there, with the locally owned stationery story, movie theater, pharmacy, and grocery on the same block. Each successive block was also populated primarily with independently owned businesses, usually operated by their owners, most of whom lived nearby. Most businesses were local; when you went to a different town, the stores were noticeably different.

An Interview With Martin Holladay, Part 1

Posted on August 11, 2011 by Christopher Briley in Green Architects' Lounge

You know him, you love him (or at least his articles): Martin Holladay. He was in the neighborhood, so he stopped by to chat with Phil and me for this episode of the Green Architects' Lounge. This is your chance to get to know the man behind some of your favorite blog posts and Fine Homebuilding articles.

Stuff I Learned at Joe Lstiburek’s House, Part 1

Posted on August 10, 2011 by Michael Chandler, GBA Advisor in Green Building Blog

The invitation was too cool to be real: My name was somehow on a list of “experts” who were invited to take part in a Building America Water Heater Expert Session on combo systems. The invite noted that the session was to be the day before Joe Lstiburek’s Building Science Summer Camp, and “it is expected that the information obtained will lend itself toward the eventual production of a guide for the best practice application of combination space and domestic water heating systems for new and retrofit residential construction.”

Replace That Window?

Posted on August 10, 2011 by Tristan Roberts in Energy Solutions

As I was hosing down the dirt driveway in front of my house last week to keep the dust down with some guests due to arrive, I got to thinking about Chicken Dinner Road.

Job-Site Recycling: Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Posted on August 9, 2011 by Scott Gibson in Green Building Blog

UPDATED 8/16/2011

Asphalt shingles are the roofing of choice for a majority of U.S. homes. And each year, in the process of manufacturing, installing and eventually replacing them, the construction industry produces an estimated 11 million tons of shingle waste.

That’s roughly the capacity of a quarter-million fully laden tractor-trailers, which when lined up end to end would stretch from New York to Los Angeles.

How to Insulate a Foundation

Posted on August 8, 2011 by Scott Gibson in Q&A Spotlight

Peter Fusaro is building a high-efficiency house on spec, and his plans include insulating the foundation walls. The question is how.

One option is to apply rigid foam to the outside of the foundation. That would leave roughly 1 ft. of insulation above grade, and Fusaro is concerned about how durable the foam would be.

Another possibility is to use a sandwich of 2 in. of foam between two outer faces of concrete, each 4 in. thick, making an assembly with both structural and thermal properties. He’s been told a wall built that way would have an effective R-valueMeasure of resistance to heat flow; the higher the R-value, the lower the heat loss. The inverse of U-factor. of 19.27.

Utility-Scale Wind Turbines

Posted on August 5, 2011 by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor in Musings of an Energy Nerd

I live in Wheelock, Vermont, a town with 598 residents. Our town is so small that we have neither a post office nor a zip code. To get my mail, I have to travel two miles to the post office in Sheffield, our larger neighbor. (Sheffield has a population of 704.)

There’s a $90 million construction project underway in Sheffield this summer. In its entire 200-year history, the sleepy town has never seen anything like this.

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