Insulation question: knee walls, roof, or attic floor?
Hello, I am working on a new construction Passive-Solar house in Northern VT. The house is under 2,000 SF, 2 floors with an additional unfinished (for now) walk-up Attic and full basement. I will be using the 10-20-40-60 rule for insulation (perhaps more). My question: should I insulate the roof of the attic and knee walls instead of the Attic floor since it eventually might be a finished space?
Also, I'm trying to find the best solution for HVAC..and probably over thinking it?? The house will have solar panels (electric?) but not sure what to tie it to? I think radiant floors will be overkill since the envelope will be tight. Gas is not accessible to the site, only propane. Perhaps a tank and a heat pump?? sigh
Thanks - Amy
Posted Oct 29, 2010 8:49 AM ET
Other Questions in Energy efficiency and durability