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Carpet in Basements: The Issues, Solutions, and Alternatives

Posted on October 17, 2010 by Peter Yost in Green Communities

Designing dry, warm basement floors

Dry, warm, basement floors are designed to manage:

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Posted on October 17, 2010 by GBA Team in Green Building Blog

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Musings on Lawsuits, Spiritual Energy, and Metal Roofs

Posted on October 16, 2010 by Carl Seville, GBA Advisor in Green Building Curmudgeon

As most people in the green building world have recently learned, Henry Gifford has filed a class action suit against the USGBC and several executives of the organization. His claims include fraud and monopolistic practices. He claims that the USGBC is attempting to monopolize the building industry at the expense of anyone who doesn’t have a LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. AP credential. He does have a point that being a LEED AP has no direct correlation to whether or not you know anything about how buildings work or perform.

Calculating the Minimum Thickness of Rigid Foam Sheathing

Posted on October 15, 2010 by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor in Musings of an Energy Nerd

UPDATED on August 26, 2014 with new information on flash-and-batt requirements in the 2012 IRCInternational Residential Code. The one- and two-family dwelling model building code copyrighted by the International Code Council. The IRC is meant to be a stand-alone code compatible with the three national building codes—the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) National code, the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) code and the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) code.

If you plan to install exterior rigid foam on the walls of your house, how thick should the foam be? Although the GBAGreenBuildingAdvisor.com Web site has addressed this question several times in our Q&A column and various blogs, the question continues to perplex readers. New questions along these lines come our way regularly.

The last time I answered the question was at the end of a long, very technical blog. In this blog, I'll cut to the chase.

Green Building Priority #6 – Ensure Durability and Reuse Existing Buildings

Posted on October 13, 2010 by Alex Wilson in Energy Solutions

A green home should last a long time. Living in a timber-frame home in Dummerston, Vermont that was built in 1785 and having grown up in a log home in Berwyn, Pennsylvania that was built in 1710 (three centuries ago this year), I think a lot about durability. It shocks me to realize that some of the homes being built today are designed for just a fifty-year lifespan. I feel that homes should last a minimum of 500 years.

Should Batt Insulation Be Outlawed?

Posted on October 11, 2010 by Carl Seville, GBA Advisor in Green Building Curmudgeon

A significant amount of my work these days is certifying homes under one or more of the available green building programs in my area, including EarthCraft House, LEEDLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. , and the National Green Building StandardNational Green Building Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. . Recently, I have inspected several homes that were insulated with fiberglass batts, and, not surprisingly, the quality of the installation was dismal. What I saw could have been an instruction manual on how not to insulate a house. Batts were cut 2 to 3 inches wider than the stud spacing and crammed into the cavities.

My 8th Commandment: Never Let the Client...

Posted on October 11, 2010 by Michael Strong, LEED Associate, CGP in Business Advisor

There is no greater peril to a green builder/remodeler (or any builder/remodeler, for that matter) than a client who insists on having you do something outside your comfort zone. Clients ask us to do some crazy and some not-so-crazy things for any number of reasons, but trust me: As often as not, these requests are trains at the end of the tunnel, not light!

The History of Superinsulated Houses in North America

Posted on October 10, 2010 by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor in Musings of an Energy Nerd

Several GBA readers have requested a copy of a presentation on “The History of Superinsulated Houses in North America” that I gave at the 14th Annual Westford Symposium on Building Science (August 3, 2010). I also gave the presentation at the annual meeting of the British Columbia Building Envelope Council in Vancouver (September 22, 2010).

Here it is:
The History of Superinsulated Houses in North America

For more on the topic, check out two blogs with overlapping content:

Basement-to-Living-Space Moisture Problems

Posted on October 8, 2010 by Scott Gibson in Q&A Spotlight

Scott Razzino has an all-too-familiar problem. The basement of his 1,100-sq.-ft. home in Atlanta is chronically damp. He's installed a 65-pint dehumidifier, which must be emptied every day. Surely, he wonders in this Q&A post, there must be a better way to tackle the problem.

Solar Versus Superinsulation: A 30-Year-Old Debate

Posted on October 8, 2010 by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor in Musings of an Energy Nerd

The oil price shock of 1973 sparked a burst of interest in “solar houses.” During the 1970s, owner-builders all over the U.S. erected homes with extensive south-facing glazingWhen referring to windows or doors, the transparent or translucent layer that transmits light. High-performance glazing may include multiple layers of glass or plastic, low-e coatings, and low-conductivity gas fill. — sometimes sloped, sometimes vertical. Many of these houses included added thermal massHeavy, high-heat-capacity material that can absorb and store a significant amount of heat; used in passive solar heating to keep the house warm at night. — concrete floors, concrete-block walls, or 55-gallon drums filled with water.

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