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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
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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
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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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Martin, GBA 2.0

So what tabs stay free and what is going more toward pay for?

Does this Q&A stay? Do we keep yapping here those of us that have or do we now pay $100 bucks to play here and sometimes learn something?

In General questions | Asked By aj builder, Upstate NY Zone 6a | Dec 12 14
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Wall assembly with Durisol

We're designing and planning a two story house in North Florida (CZ 2/3 border). The house is currently designed to have the lower story be clad in traditional cementitious stucco and the upper story to be fiber cement siding over 2x6 construction and a monolithic slab on grade foundation.

We're considering building the exterior walls out of Durisol. I really like the idea of this kind of product over traditional ICF. But I have a few questions to know whether or not it would work:

In General questions | Asked By Nick Davies | Dec 12 14
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High performance homes and buckling wood floors?

I have a meeting tomorrow w a great builder who has really embrased high performance buiulding. In climate zone 4. Closed foam in walls. ERV to prescribed amount 139 cfm x 24 hours per day. Floors have buckled and been a headache for builder and homeowner. Builder needs strategies in order to build high performance or tempted to back off on building "so well."

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Rick Jenkins | Dec 10 14
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Adding a dormer = new ventilation required?

Two friends of mine - one the building owner and the other a contractor - have been renovating an attic and plan to add a 10'x10' dormer. After providing engineering drawings at great expense, our city's building department is now asking for a 'ventilation plan' among other things, in order to get the permit.

It's an old building with no active ventilation in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Presumably the Ontario Building Code would mandate the ventilation. I suspect however that my friends are being jerked around by the building department.

In Building Code Questions | Asked By Jonathan Dalton | Dec 12 14
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Curious exceptions to the rigid foam thermal barrier

I've noticed that it is common practice for rigid foam to be used on attic hatches and garage doors without being covered by a thermal barrier, which building codes require. Is there some implicit exception for doors/hatches? Or does the small amount of foam used cause it to be simply overlooked?

In Building Code Questions | Asked By Nick Welch | Dec 11 14
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