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Sustainable Community

The Uros people, who live on Lake Titicaca (Peru), have always lived as a sustainable community, dating back to the Inca civilization. They not only make their homes out of Totora reeds on floating islands, but also use the reeds for food, fuel and material to build their boats.
What I find interesting is that they now use solar panels to power their TVs and cellular phones. Does that mean they have the best of both worlds?

In General questions | Asked By Armando Cobo | Apr 1 12
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Wood Basement exterior treatment

I have a cabin with a wood basement. This crawl space is about 3 feet high on the outside. It was treated with something which is black in colour but doesn't look or smell like tar. It is all treated wood of course but the c oaring is weathering off and I would like to apply something. Can you make any recommendations.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Robert Rink | Mar 29 12
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The USGBC has gone too Far this time!

I never did trust the USGBC

Just look what they have done now!

In Green building techniques | Asked By John Brooks | Apr 1 12
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Heat sink to absorb heat from asphalt shingles (sealed attic)?

Creating sealed attic would prefer to avoid a vented nailed assembly etc. above deck and at same time find a way to use all that heat that the asphalt shingles absorb which shortens their life even more with a sealed attic.

So supposed there was some kind of thin mesh (or foil?) to put between the shingles and underlayment that would connect to one or two conduits that could divert heat away and maybe even be somehow connected to the domestic hot water system. Seems like those 170 degree summer peak shingle temps could be harnessed. (??)

In Green building techniques | Asked By David Goldman | Mar 31 12
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Can you apply spray polyurethane foam over mold in a cathedral ceiling?

I am renovating my second floor bedrooms and plan to apply spray foam to the 2x6 ceilings (cathedral). The old batt and baffle system was not installed properly and there is some mold in the sheathing and the 2x6's. I've read that the heat generated from the spray foam kills the mold.


In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Jim Rogers | Mar 29 12
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Dow SIS (Structural Insulated Sheathing) provide structural stability?

Does anyone have field performance data/experience with the Dow SIS (Structural Insulated Sheathing) product as it relates to lateral stability and transverse load? I've read the ICC reports but continue to be skeptical. Concerned about house creaking and racking, especially in high wind conditions.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By DENNIS MCKENNA | Mar 24 12
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Insulation of copper pipes

Regarding a new home in HH climate (2B) with non-vented attic. All ducts and pipes are within the conditioned space. No pipe in exterior walls. Copper pipe was used for pressured water service (1" and below), and it's routed overhead (attic, between floors, etc).

I insulated the hot water pipe with 1/2' thick polyethylene foam split tubes for energy conservation.The seams are sealed with self-sticking adhesive. The ends and fittings were sort of haphazardly taped with PVC tape.

I was thinking of insulating the cold water pipe in a similar manner just for noise control.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By john walls | Mar 30 12
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Drywall clips

Regarding a new 1 1/2 story home in a hot humid climate (2B), 2-stud corners at outside walls, spray polyurethane foam insulation, non-vented attic:
I need to use drywall clips for the corners and some other places.


1) There appears to be 2 basic clip types. One screws to the framing, and the drywall just slips into a U shaped clip. The other requires a screw in both framing and drywall. The first seems like it would be simpler to use. Any advice on the best type to use.

2) Any particular manufacturers that stand out for quality/ease of use/or whatever?

In GBA Pro help | Asked By john walls | Mar 24 12
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Existing Swimming Pool

Hello All,

I realize that swimming pools aren't necessarily green but I have some potential clients that just moved into a home and they would like to find the most "green" way to heat their existing swimming pool. Can someone point me in some possible direction that might be worth looking at?

They have good solar exposure and they live in an area about an hour north of San Francisco that has hot summers and pretty mild winters.



In Mechanicals | Asked By Daniel Weaver | Mar 30 12
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Cathedral ceiling reinsulation

I am in zone 8. One cathedral ceiling I have to rebuild consists of 2"x6" rafters with 2 layers of 1.5" of white expanded polystyrene sandwiching a layer of aluminum foil paper attached to the underside ,or interior side.Old pest damaged fiberglass insulation is between the rafters. Plywood and shingle is on the exterior of the rafters. There is no other structure to the interior of the rafters other than the polystyrene.
The plan is to remove the shingles, plywood,old fiberglass insulation and reinsulate.

In Green building techniques | Asked By Brian de Gruchy | Mar 26 12
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