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Best insulation upgrade choices?

I am going to replace some siding on the outside wall of my kitchen, Laundry room, and Family room. This is old fiber board siding. The house was built in 1984 and is located in the Atlanta area. The house has an unfinished block wall basement. Since I am removing the siding I have an opportunity to reinsulate the walls. We get cold air when we open the kitchen cabinets which back up to this wall and have their own wood backing.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Scott Razzino | May 12 10
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Any 100% natural linoleum flooring products other than Forbo ?

Looking for other sources

In Green products and materials | Asked By Paul | May 13 10
1 Answer

What is the best place to install a CO2 detector in a residential building?

I am hearing different opinions on the CO2 detector issue. Some say high near the ceiling, some say low.

In General questions | Asked By chuckie | May 12 10
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Which wall cavity insulation should I retrofit into my walls?

I'm interested in hearing what everyone thinks the best type of retrofit insulation is for existing wall cavities. I own a great 1930’s brick home in Oklahoma City. The wall section is pretty typical of the era: 2-3/8" brick exterior, approx. 1" air space (I consider it to be unventilated, but there are places in the attic the open top of the wall is exposed), tar paper, 3/4" solid wood plank sheathing, empty 2x4 cavity, and lath and plaster interior finish. While I love my house, a deep retrofit is completely out of the question for both cost and personal sanity reasons.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Brad Buser | May 12 10
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I'm a writer working on a feature article about the market value of energy improvements to residential properties.

I'm looking for specific numbers.
What energy improvements do buyers value, and how much do they value them relative to their cost?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you.

In General questions | Asked By Joyce Finn | May 12 10
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Financing a "Green" house

Does anyone have any experience with financing a "green" house? I understand "green" is a vague and possibly not helpful term, but I am working on a new house that is shooting for Energy Star Tier 3 certification. I suspect it would meet LEED-H gold certification as well based on previous experience.

In General questions | Asked By Chris Harris | May 11 10
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Condensing boiler in mechanical room outside building envelope

I have been asked to insulate a new home on the coast of Maine. The home is super-insulated and will have 12" thick walls, insulated slab with great solar exposure.

the mechanical room, is a 10'x10' stucture that is attached to the building but has its own roof and only 2x6 walls. It has not been air sealed during construction but the plan calls for cellulose in the walls and ceiling.

In Mechanicals | Asked By bo jespersen | May 10 10
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Energy efficiency and quality of life in a northern exposure lake house? Or pick a different view?

Exposure as it relates to energy efficiency and guality of life

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By shoresea | May 10 10
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External insulation — 10 cm vs 8 cm. Will it make a big difference in energy use?


In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Canan | May 10 10
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Vertical trusses for insulation

I recall an article in FHB years ago about an energy-efficient house built as a demonstration in Canada. Rather than foam, the exterior walls were built with a truss system that was then filled with blown-in insulation.This would not eliminate thermal bridging-nothing does entirely-but it would offer an alternative to foam.Any thoughts?

In Green building techniques | Asked By Brian | May 8 10
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