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Wasn't there a particular dryer vent outlet you were a fan of?

Was it the "Heartland"?

In Green products and materials | Asked By Lucas Durand - 7A | Nov 18 11
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On new construction, in Northern NJ, Spray Foam companies are huge advocates of insulating at the rafters. I am an advocate of spray foam, but my experience tells me that unless there is much ductwork in the attic, the attic plane is very complex, or there is a very low ceiling height, I would rather seal and insulate any ductwork properly, and insulate at the attic floor, to keep the overall conditioned space to a minimum.


In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Ask Eco Ed Schwartz | Nov 17 11
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I am renovating an 8 unit (1 BR) efficiency apartment building in Atlanta GA. The building is block construction, slab on grade, built in the 50s. Even the interior walls are a large brick/block material. The individual units are roughly 500 Sq feet each. I know from talking with contractors and my own mechanical engineering background that I will need a 1 ton central system. Problem is, I can't seem to find a one ton system 13 SEER ir better OR a contractor that can install one.

In Mechanicals | Asked By Jim Clay | Nov 22 11
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Saw your post referenced above and Peter Yost's "How to Insulate an Unvented Roof" last week.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By C P | Nov 22 11
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I've been trying to persuade my wife that we should install a mini-split, but the look of the indoor units is a non-starter for her. Personally I can overlook the issue because I like the energy savings, and I can get the thing for almost nothing by using utility rebates, but I do agree they look clunky and mechanical. A lot of people I talk to have the same feeling about them.

In Mechanicals | Asked By David Meiland | Nov 19 11
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I recently installed a water heating element in my englander 3500 wood burner. Because the 80 gal storage tank and the wood burner are both in the basement and about 12 ft apart I opted to go with an active circulation system. Nothing fancy just a Grundfos pump with an aquastat. The w shaped Heating element is mounted horizontally in the firebox and the 1/2 copper plumbing runs across the ceiling between the tank and heater. To my surprise this system thermalsiphons pretty effectively. My question is how will this effect the performance.

In Mechanicals | Asked By Anthony Kramer | Nov 21 11
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I am considering using stacks of polyisocyanurate to insulate a cathedral roof. Basically, two stacks of 2" foam between the rafters with a 3.5" ventilation chute above. Then another 2" layer below the rafters. I have read that polyisocyanurate foam can shrink as much as 1%, which I calculate to be about 1/2 for a 48" wide sheet. Will this cause issues later on? That is to say, by these calculations the foam will shrink up to 1/8" in between each rafter. Will the low expanding foam used to seal the between the rafter and foam expand to keep these gaps filled? Thanks in advance!

In GBA Pro help | Asked By David Baker | Nov 21 11
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I am building a new home and would like to verify the correct placement of material. From the inside to outside: sheetrock > 2x6 > dense pack cellulose > OSB > foil faced polyiso foam > brick.
Covered back patio is same except hardie type siding instead of brick and polyiso with no foil face.

Would house wrap be redundant if placed over the OSB? Or is the polyiso foam overkill for this zone (which I think would then necessitate the house wrap)?

In General questions | Asked By Charles Tomlinson | Nov 18 11
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I have a client that is questioning which is a better route...going with ZIP sheathing on the exterior and blown insulation for air tightness, or going with a standard 7/16" osb and open cell foam on the interior for air tightness. Exterior foam would be installed in either situation. Zone 6 for construction.
I was really not sure what is the best recommendation on air sealing. Cost wise, it appears it will be almost the same.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Jesse Lizer | Nov 16 11
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I am trying to get my new built cottage down to .6ACH at 50 pascals. I had my third blower door test done today and initially received good news - we had achieved .6ACH. Then the tester ran the test again at ACH 150 and ran the results through some interpolation software. This test indicated an ACH 2.4 at 50 pascals. Thinking that there might be an error in the interpolation, he then used the duct blaster attached to a window and came up with an ACH 2.8 at 50 pascals.

In PassivHaus | Asked By Steve Snyder | Nov 18 11
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