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Who should fix this one?

My wife sent me a text today, as I am out of town, showing our garage door completely smashed in. We had a concrete contractor at the house today and at least two loads of rock brought in. The concrete guy said it was like that when he arrived, just after the first rock truck. The rock trucking company also has not claimed responsibility. Any thoughts on how I should resolve this? The rock was ordered by the concrete guy and not me for clarification.

Asked By Mike M | May 21 16
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Not a question but a thank you Martin, Dana, et al.

Although our own project has been suspended indefinitely I've been exposed to a tremendous amount of information regarding building science and for that I say thank you. This site along with the sister sites are a great asset to the layman such as myself. May you all have a great 2016!


Asked By Chris M | Mar 7 16
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Consultant needed

My wife and I are looking to build a new home in St. Louis, MO. We would like to find an architect who can help us build a very green home.

I have a good architect in mind, however green is not their focus. We were thinking it would be useful to work with a consultant who could guide us and work with the architect to design an extremely efficient home. We are not necessarily looking to be net zero, but we would like a home that is built to the very best efficiency standards available.

Asked By Peter Perkins | Feb 22 16
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Planning a dual-purpose residential post frame

Or pole barn if you prefer… I’m in the process of planning, have tried to scour through pertaining threads. I am choosing post frame for combination of cost to build and to minimize thermal bridging. My goal is to find the best compromise between cost of building and energy efficiency, in a similar fashion to a Pretty Good House. Building planned to be 48’ x 64’ x 14’, with 20’ x 48’ of that to be living space. I am planning slab on grade with radiant floor for both the living area, and the shop/garage.

Asked By Dave | Jan 15 16
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Long-term storage of rigid foam

I plan to use reclaimed foam on a REMOTE wall home with the build beginning in June. The insulation will likely not be installed until August. I live in a remote area and am not sure when a supplier may have a source nearby, so I want to get the order in early (now?) and hopefully not end up paying for shipping from a distant site. I have two concerns:

1. Has anyone in Central Maine had good luck with a reclaimed foam supplier on shorter notice? In other words, can I safely wait until closer to the install date to place my order?

Asked By Jim | Jan 5 16
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Insulating the attic in a brick home

I am getting ready to insulate the attic of a brick home that was built in the 1950s. I have all the old insulation removed and plan to blow in either cellulose or fiberglass insulation.

Around the perimeter of the attic there is a 1 inch gap between the brick and sheathing on the exterior walls. These gaps appear to extend to the foundation and were not insulated at all and just vented into the attic. I have a couple of questions.

Asked By Tom | Dec 4 15
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How to get a Pretty Good House built?

Designing a Pretty Good House (PGH) is easy. Just spend a year or two reading at GBA, pay for a GBA Prime/Pro membership to get access to detail drawings, and bam, you're done. Kinda, not really, but go with it for a minute. So now that you've designed it, how do you get it built? This is the one article that I don't remember being specifically addressed.

Asked By Andrew C | Aug 24 15
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Looking for a local designer/ builder in southern Rhode Island

A local designer/ builder in southern Rhode Island, by Todd Buckley.

My wife and I are interested in renovating a 1986 built passive solar house but cannot find local builders that can meet our needs. Do any of you know of someone like you that works in South Kingstown, R.I.?

Asked By todd buckley | Mar 12 15
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Blower door test - Des Moines, Iowa


I'm trying to help a friend in Des Moines, Iowa obtain a blower door test & follow it up with directed air sealing. How does/should one go about finding a contractor to perform a blower door test? Is there a city/state database of contractors able to perform a blower door test? For renovation projects, how do most contractors who perform blower door tests receive new business? Lastly, what should one look for when choosing a contractor to perform a blower door test and/or air sealing?

Houston TX

Asked By Robert Hallenbeck | Jan 21 15
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Condensation in (conditioned space) attic, built to "environmental standards"

I am in need of a (seasoned) building consultant, familiar with New England climate, able to make an "on site" evaluation in Guilford, Ct. 06437, for an attic space that was built to environmental standards and is a conditioned space) -- air conditioning, HRVs, etc etc., for a client that has environmental allergies -- mold, fabric softener, petrochemical products etc.

There is condensation from the attic space, with leakage of water into and onto the first floor after one year. Thank you in advance. We need help.

Asked By herbert suesserman MD | Mar 5 15
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