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Hi all--I was wondering if you could offer some advice for a dilemma I'm having regarding who will build my house. A few weeks ago, I asked for advice re: HVAC for our new "Pretty Good House." Now, our plans are in engineering and we're getting close to permitting and breaking ground. The company we've been working with is a design-build company--but the two parts are separate. We hired the design part of things and have verbally told the build side of things that we want them to build our house.

Asked By Matt Mesa | May 26 14
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My wife and I are contemplating building a new home. We are planning a small energy-efficient ranch, and are interested in the ideas discussed in the Pretty Good House thread. We live in central New York (near Syracuse), and wonder if anyone would know of either architects/designers or builders near us who have some experience and/or interest in this type of construction. Can answer here or email me at mjm275@cornell.edu.

I am new to this site, and have learned a lot from the material and discussion here. Very helpful!

Asked By Michael Miller | Mar 31 14
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Hello:
First, let me begin by saying that I have never built a house. I have, however, lived in 2 homes that I had built. Also, I am a skilled in finished carpentry, tiling, plumbing, and can hold my own in general framing and electrical work. For over 35 years I worked in Information Systems (my day job) specializing in project management.

Asked By Mike Turner | Dec 24 12
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New Construction, Zone 4b, 50"+ precipitation

In addition to structural details on my plans, I am adding a whole page dedicated to emphasizing the priority of an airtight envelope. All details related to air barrier, flashing, wrb, and insulation, with exploded views in many cases.

I want to add a “Project Note to All Trades” on this page. I am asking for suggestions for what it should say.

For example: “All penetrations in the envelope must have prior approval by the builder.”

Suggestions?

Asked By David McNeely | Jun 4 13
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I am working on several LEED for Homes Midrise projects which are pursuing points under LL5 Community Resources. LEED outlines several categories of resources, like:

Arts and entertainment center, Bank, Community or civic center, Convenience store, Daycare center, Fire station, etc.

Asked By Kris Knutson | May 17 13
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I'm looking for advise on residential audit report software. I had used "Recurve" software until they discontinued their service. I am looking for something with similar features in the long run that would be compatible with BPI and Calif. incentive programs (i.e Title 24, CEC requirments, etc.) but any program that produces a thorough, professional report to hand to clients is also of interest. Any suggestions?

Asked By Shawn Ellsworth | May 10 13
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We recently had soy foam insulation applied to our dining rom and living room wall and a garage wall. We had situation where the original siding of the house on the garage level was not properly secured to the framing and there was air coming from outside the house getting trapped between the wall directly above it (dining room/living room) causing the sheetrock or dry wall to smell. We removed the sheet rock and insulation. There was no mold or any rodent infestation but the wood was old and smelled.

Asked By Stephanie Ciletti | May 6 13
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We are building a home in Fairfield county, CT on a pre-existing foundation. Our contractor and designer are family, and although they are very good, they have limited experience building green homes. We would like to hire someone with experience that can work with us on an applying energy efficient design technique's as well as insulation, HVAC and other green features. How do I go about finding a person that does that?

Asked By GORDON PLAUT | Aug 29 12
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I bought my home 10 years ago. The dining room was added to the original home, off of the kitchen. The outside concrete foundation on the dining room portion, outside exterior is starting to dust/crumble off, exposing the chicken wire mesh that was used under the concrete. It looks as though a poor grade of concrete was used, the rest of the house is in excellent shape.

Asked By Deborah Stueve | Jul 29 11
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This is really more of a rant than a question. Sorry. And this is not for homes only, but for commercial building, primarliy, which is what I work on as an architect.

Asked By Joe McNally | Mar 7 11
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