The ‘Lock-In’ Concept and Passivhaus Construction

Posted on April 24,2015 by Matt_GOLogic in deep energy retrofit

Alan Gibson (my GO Logic colleague) and I just returned from the 18th annual International Passive House Conference in Aachen, Germany. This incredible three-day conference featured some of the superstars in the Passivhaus community as well as influential European policy makers, including Dr. Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passivhaus Institut.

Settling In to My Renovated Cottage

Posted on April 24,2015 by CarlSeville in green renovation

I’ve been living in my renovated house for about two months now, and, with the exception of my hot water issue and ice on my windows, everything is working pretty well.

Dealing With Cold Weather in Climate Zone 3

Posted on April 24,2015 by CarlSeville in cold weather

We had some serious cold weather down here in Georgia recently, and although it didn’t come close to Martin Holladay’s recent experiences in Vermont, the low temperatures were a bit of a shock and caused a lot of problems.

Sticking With Spray Foam for My Renovation

Posted on April 24,2015 by CarlSeville in atlanta

Over the past dozen or so years my opinion on spray foam insulation has evolved from being a strong advocate to being slightly skeptical. I have come to the conclusion that any well-designed new building can be insulated with any properly installed insulation. When it comes to renovations, however, spray foam often has some distinct advantages.

Making Slow Progress on My Renovation

Posted on April 24,2015 by CarlSeville in EarthCraft

After a couple of months of construction, I finally have more to report on my renovation project. It is moving more slowly and is costing more than I had expected, but it is moving along, the quality of work is excellent, and the end is in sight. I am reminded almost every day why I decided to exit the renovation business – as exciting as it is to see construction progress, the time and energy it takes to make sure everything gets done right and on time exhausts me. This process has also been teaching me some important lessons about patience and right sized homes.

Finally! Starting Construction At My House

Posted on April 24,2015 by CarlSeville in renovation

After paying for two home designs, with one turned down and one approved by the local historic commission, I ultimately decided not to build a new house, mostly for financial reasons. Instead, I am renovating my existing cottage and adding a small office, a storage area, and a screened porch (an excellent feature in the South).

After a Bumpy Start, a Passivhaus Success Story

Posted on April 24,2015 by fvleblancusa in architect

In 2006, when we bought our house in Mamaroneck, New York, it was all about location: views on Mamaroneck Harbor, a south-facing orientation, proximity to the train station and the village’s main shopping street, and the ability to have a decent sailboat moored in deep water across the street and winterized at the shipyard next door.

Uptick Expected in Lead-Paint Rule Enforcement

Posted on April 24,2015 by Fretboard in Environmental Protection Agency

Enforcement of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule has so far yielded three noncompliance claims against contractors, with the first dated May 6.

Helping Architects, Contractors, and Homeowners Get Greener

Posted on April 24,2015 by CarlSeville in architect

One of the side benefits of being on a long bus trip like the one to the Koetter millwork plant is that people talk quite a bit. Not being particularly shy, I talked a lot about high-performance homes and green building when given the opportunity. Conversations often started out with the “it’s so expensive” or “it’s too hard” sort of comments, which provided me the opportunity to dispel those myths — which I believe I did with occasional success.

Oakland Home Renovation Gets Platinum Rating

Posted on April 24,2015 by user-756436 in Green Building News

##Awarded More LEED Points Than Any Other Renovation in the U.S.## OAKLAND, CA — Homeowners David and Sara Gottfried have received a LEED Platinum rating for their recently completed home renovation in Oakland. According to the U.S. Green Building Council, which David Gottfried founded, their 1,440-square-foot home received the highest LEED for Homes score — 106.5 points out of a possible 136 — of any residential renovation in the country.

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