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PV, electric autos, and the saving grace for utilities

Dana, this sounds like you... interesting how the future has changes the save us from... changes...

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By aj builder, Upstate NY Zone 6a | Dec 9 14
1 Answer

Preferred home characteristics for auditors/retrofitters?

Hello everyone,

This is my first post here at greenbuildingadvisor. I know that auditing companies/retrofitters will often screen homes with surveys, or by collecting publicly available information to determine whether or not a home has potential for energy savings.

In General questions | Asked By Henry Sims | Dec 14 14
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Will my generator run a minisplit safely?

My new house will be heated with two minisplit heat pumps. Here in Maine, we have lots of power outages, so we're also putting in a whole house standby generator.

I've been informed by the Fujitsu installer that we should not plan to run the minisplits off the generator when the grid power goes out. We also may install a heat pump water heater and maybe even a heat pump dryer. We'll have some backup heat.

I have two questions:

1. Would the generator power damage the heat pumps or prevent them from operating?

In Mechanicals | Asked By stephen sheehy | Dec 13 14
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Need help with insulating a gambrel style shed

I have a 14x36 gambrel barn style shed with vinyl siding that is currently being used for storage that I would like to use part (probably half) as office space. I’m not looking to fancy up the place, I’m just looking for a cost effective way to insulate to stay warm because it’s currently an icebox. It’s 2x4 construction (framing, rafters, joists), OSB sheathing, and has two(2) loft spaces. I have purchased Roxul Comfort batt R15 and 4mil clear construction film for the walls but I am not sure how to approach the open ceiling/roof space. It has a continuous ridge vent but no soffits.

In General questions | Asked By Angela Somerville | Dec 12 14
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Porch Insulation

This is another of those porch attic insulation interface questions--
Zone 4 - New construction
A couple of attached 3 season porches are created by overhanging roofs. The roof is truss built and the area over the conditioned space will be an unvented conditioned attic insulated with spray foam.

The main question is how to handle the attic space over the porches--

In General questions | Asked By John Nooncaster | Sep 24 11
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The costs of PH consultants, rights to submit building plans

In Upstate NY plans over 1500 sqft need to be submitted by licensed architects or the proper engineer

Costs run $250 at the low end to approve already drawn plans to $5,000 and up in my work do far.

I would like to see costs discussed here and in a blog Martin along with the fact that a PH consultant is basically doing what two others are the only ones licensed to submit plans.

Archs and engineers pay dearly in expense and time for several years of education and then often some years as an underling in the appropriate office.

In PassivHaus | Asked By aj builder, Upstate NY Zone 6a | Dec 14 14
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Thank You to the Green Building Community!

This is just a quick note of thanks and appreciation to the folks who make up the Green Building Industry.

People contact the Small Planet Workshop in many ways . These days people place orders by phone, email and even text. This week someone placed the 1000th order of our online store: www.smallplanetworkshopstore.com. While that may happen over a coffee break at Amazon.com, it's a humble milestone for a small company like ours.

The order was from the Midwest USA and was for various Airfoil Electrical boxes (Yay Doug McEvers!).

In General questions | Asked By albert rooks | Dec 14 14
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How to approach a contractor?

38' by 39' single storey with a walk out basement 20' by 21' garage. Living in PEI Canada(cold/very cold climate so says the maps)

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By marty nichol | Dec 13 14
27 Answers

To buy or not to buy an oil burner?

OK, so I'm new to this forum but would greatly appreciate any help.

The setup:

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By John Manganaro | Dec 9 14
4 Answers

Does any one know of companies that will sell insulated glazing units alone in the PNW?

I am converting my unattached garage to a work shop, and for fun want to make the windows myself.
Looking for double pane IGU's to purchase in PNW. Any info/advice greatly appreciated

In General questions | Asked By David Argilla | Dec 11 14
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