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I'd like to do a bad attic insulation job - will this work?

I'm only sort of kidding. House is very large, 100 year old brick center hall colonial in historic district in central Virginia. No exterior modifications will be allowed. Venting is by gable vents, around 4 sqft at west end, 8 sqft at east end. No soffit or other vents are present or possible due to historic district regulations (not to mention practicality). Large 3rd floor is built into the slate roof with dormers. Ceiling of 3rd floor is not even close to sealed. Extensive hvac in attic is not sealed or insulated even vaguely correctly.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Charles F | May 28 12
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Paulownia lumber

I was wondering if anybody has any opinion on paulownia being used for exterior trim? I've used it once and it seems really soft, and not that durable. It's great to work with because it's super straight and clear.

In Green products and materials | Asked By christopher jones | May 30 12
2 Answers

Using foam board in the rafter bays to create a hot roof


In Green building techniques | Asked By Olav Ormseth | May 30 12
1 Answer

Air Conditioning

My home is in VA. I have a 1-yr old Carrier Comfort Series 2-Ton Split system AC unit in the first floor of my home. During the last Memorial Day weekend, outside air was about 84 degrees and humid. Inside set temp.was 74 degrees. Why the indoor unit was running non-stop, even though the inside temp. was same as the set temp.? Also, outdoor condenser unit was not running non-stop while the indoor unit was running non-stop.

In General questions | Asked By sisir mukherji | May 30 12
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Blue board and plaster

My walls from the outside in;
Vinal siding
2x6 w/ roxul
1 in foil faced polyiso
1/2 blueboard

What should I do for plaster and Paint? I know the rule is latex with outsulation but what about my set up? Do I use latex over plaster? I'm in zone 6.

I was looking at American clay as an alternative. Anyone use it before?

Thanks, Steve

In General questions | Asked By stephen edge | May 29 12
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Need help with recycled polyiso insulation in attic

I found a great deal on recycled polyiso boards that were once a roof on a commercial building with EPDM rubber over it. Each board is 4 foot by 4 foot and 4 inches thick.

I am going to use them in a 1830 post-and-beam house. The boards are going to be going in the attic. There is currently no insulation or vapor barrier in there. The house is in upstate NY and sees some seriously cold winters (at least in the past).

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Larry Broderick | Feb 7 12
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How do you attach a large amount of insulation to a concrete wall?

The house I am building in zone 5a will have concrete walls (2 story) for high thermal mass. I would like the walls insulated to R-30, but am concerned about how to attach so much insulation. Will 5 inches of polystyrene get me to a R-30 and how will it attach to the walls? Is there a better way to insulate concrete?

In Green building techniques | Asked By Denise Elliott | May 29 12
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Worth worrying about heat loss through aluminum door threshold?

I've just replaced a door between the house and unconditioned garage, where the temperature regularly gets up to 110°F in summer (i.e. the garage is basically a greenhouse). I was really focusing on air-sealing so I completely replaced the jambs with exterior door jambs with Q-lon etc.

The bottom of the door I wasn't sure about, and I had an aluminum threshold with a rubber gasket handy so I put that in at the bottom of the door (removing ~3/4 of an inch of door).

In Green building techniques | Asked By James Howison | May 24 12
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Heating and cooling a ICF and SIP house

Hello, I am building a ICF foundation and SIP home in VT.
I am looking for suggestions on the best affordable system to Heat / cool and vent this home.
Right now I am leaning towards a HTP Versa Hydro Heating system PHE-130-80S
I was planning on putting radiant in the slab, and have a forced hot air system for the 1st and second floor and prep for future solar hot water and prep for running a condenser to cool in the future.
My foundation is in and getting ready to pour the basement floor.

In Mechanicals | Asked By Andrew Tarantino | May 29 12
1 Answer

What kind of metal roof and radiant barrier would work best in Palau?

My wife and I are building a house in Palau. Hot humid climate. We plan to use a metal roof of some sort and a radiant barrier. We will have several photovoltaic panels on the roof. We would like to do water catchment. We want the roof to stay on during high winds.

Any suggestions as to materials, designs and websites aimed at building in the tropics?

In Green building techniques | Asked By Gerhardt Braeckel | May 29 12
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