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Help with article

I will be writing an article on an energy retrofit and wanted some feedback. Here is an article I had published in the past. I hope to get comments/criticisms of my writing style and the content so I can improve.

"Business: Getting Certified for Home Energy Audits

by Robert Post

In General questions | Asked By Robert Post S.E. Pennsylvania Zone 4a | Dec 20 11
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Advice on metal roofing at beach - Effect of salt air on metal?

What is your advice on metal roofing at the beach? Will the salt air affect the metal?

In General questions | Asked By Roaring Fork | Dec 20 11
1 Answer

Insulating below addition

I have a ~1100 Sq foot ranch with a ~200 sq. foot addition on the back. The house proper has a full basement below it, but the addition has a dirt floor crawlspace below it. Access to the crawlspace is through a small plywood "door" accessed from outside.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Matt Boutet | Dec 20 11
4 Answers

What kind of heat for a tight, high-R, 1,100-sq.-ft. outbuilding?

Hello Folks,

I'm in the process of building a 24' by 30' combination artist's space and workshop in a new post frame building. An 18' x 24' loft creates the second floor. There's a lot of detail on the building here

In Mechanicals | Asked By Patrick McCombe | Dec 20 11
4 Answers

Use of bathroom exhaust fan for ventilation in a small building

I questioned in a previous thread if a bathroom exhaust fan could suffice for exchanging air in a tiny, but well-insulated and tight 250 square foot dwelling.

Someone confirmed, given the small space, that it should be fine and to put it on a timer as it wouldn't need to be constantly on.

Another said: "assuming that the fan on a timer needs to be cycled on and off frequently (for example, every other 5min interval) during occupancy, to compensate for lack of low-enough cfm settings, how significant of an effect on power draw do those frequent start-ups have?"

In Mechanicals | Asked By Kim Kies | Dec 20 11
15 Answers

Electric radiant floors in a mobile home

I'm planning on building a tiny mobile home a little less than 300 square feet total. I live in Northern WI and want better insulation and better building materials and designs than the manufactured homes. I also need some of common building chemicals out of my home.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Kim Kies | Dec 20 11
7 Answers

Is this a Good Final Envelope Decision?

G'Afternoon! I am a residential designer in Salt Lake City, Utah and after a year of researching sites as FineHomebuilding, GreenBuildingAdvisor & Bldg Science Corp & debating with a client over the pros & cons of various wall envelope options, my client and I have reached the following decision regarding exterior envelope: 9 ft extr walls are 2x6 wood stud at 24" o.c. with spray-in fiberglass cavity insulation/DOW Brand 1" Structural Insulated Sheathing w taped seams/Stucco Finish. Btm & Top plates caulked/sealed & all penetrations foam-sealed. Expected wall R-Value approx 25.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Timothy Smith | Dec 19 11
15 Answers

Swapping ECM for PSC fan motor

I know a homeowner who runs the fan on his Ruud UBHC-17J11NFD air handler (2.5 ton heat pump) continuously in the summer to help keep the temperature a bit more consistent between the upstairs and downstairs, so he figures swapping the OEM PSC fan motor for an ECM motor, such as the Evergreen, might pay for itself.

The Evergreen mfr/distributor says the following:

In Mechanicals | Asked By charles CAMPBELL | May 11 11
8 Answers

Double Stud Wall in Walk-out Basement

Hello All! I have recently inspected a house that has had a basement renovation completed. The basement was finished with a secondary wall built adjacent to the original foundation/pony wall.
The foundation wall is covered in EPS insulation and appears well detailed with tape and spray foam, as well as being well sealed to the bottom plate of the interior wall and pony wall. The wood framed pony wall has Roxul batt insulation in it. The secondary 2x4 interior wall has nothing in it.

In Green building techniques | Asked By Michael Melo | Dec 15 11
9 Answers

How do I properly seal the underside of an addition built on concrete piers in New England?

I have an existing conditioned space addition that was built on concrete piers in a zone 5, New England climate. The floor structure was insulated with fiberglass and covered with OSB.

The OSB is rotting and the fiberglass insulation is black. All of that material is being removed. What sheathing and insulation materials would you recommend as replacements in this totally exposed floor?

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Ken Shaknites | Dec 19 11
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