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Condensing gas boiler?


In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Oleh Janusz | Aug 30 12
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Lots of Blower Doors

Thought this crowd might be interested in seeing photos of a test out I completed yesterday with Abe Kruger on a ~20,000 SF Fraternity house at University of Georgia. We used 5 blower doors, interconnected with a PC. Long day, but fun and interesting.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Carl Seville | Aug 31 12
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What is the ideal thickness of the dead air space in an insulated glass unit?

I have read that thermal loops get created in the air space of an IG unit which exceed a certain thickness. These cause unwanted heat loss.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Redstone Group LLC | Aug 31 12
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We need someone to advise our contractor

We are building a home in Fairfield county, CT on a pre-existing foundation. Our contractor and designer are family, and although they are very good, they have limited experience building green homes. We would like to hire someone with experience that can work with us on an applying energy efficient design technique's as well as insulation, HVAC and other green features. How do I go about finding a person that does that?

In Project management | Asked By GORDON PLAUT | Aug 29 12
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Codes run afoul of advice when it comes to insulating my slab

A few months back, I asked about the best way to layer materials for my garage slab on grade with hydronic heating in MN (zone 6):


Consensus was to place 6 mil polyethylene vapor barrier ABOVE XPS insulation, directly beneath concrete slab. PEX tubing would then be stapled to XPS foam boards, and rebar on top of PEX.

In Building Code Questions | Asked By Kent Jeffery | Aug 29 12
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Is it correct to use OSB material as a partial base under kitchen counters with granite countertop?

Is it correct to use OSB material as a partial base under kitchen counters with granite countertop even if all base seams sealed with a suitable calking material?
Contractor wants to use OSB board to help as alignment base for kitchen counter cabinets. OSB board to be layed over older,15 year old, maghoney underlayment which is in good condition.

In General questions | Asked By Gary Harris | Aug 30 12
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Foam Insulation for a Post-and-Beam 1771 Saltbox

I'm restoring a saltbox built in CT in 1771. This house was built using traditional posts and beams, with 1 inch thick oak random width VERTICAL planks for the exterior sheathing. That was topped by clapboard siding. The plank sheathing was installed with no attention to air movement - there are vertical gaps between most planks, but in some areas there are gaps as wide as 6 inches! So I am looking for guidance on the best approach to insulating and siding this house.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Gary Everett | Aug 29 12
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Mechanical sash operators for inside sash weight pocket


I'm trying to eliminate the iron sash weights and still get operable windows.

Somewhere in my travels I've seen ( at lest I think I have) springs or some sort of lifting mechanism mounted in a tube, that fits inside the sash weight pocket. I've been running into homes that have beautiful operable windows and trim that I don't want mess up with vinyl spring slides that are exposed. I'd like to put the "tubes" in the sash weight pockets and them foam them in to insulate and knock down the air leaks.

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Steve Greenberg | Aug 30 12
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Best wall system for my area and budget?

I will be building a 2,300 sf house in Nebraska, Zone 5A. It will be a two-story, 38' x 31' with four walls, an attached garage, and a 4:12 hip roof. Due to a small lot and houses next door, most windows face either the Northwest or Southeast.

I am on a pretty tight budget here, and was quoted the price for 2x4 walls. I can squeeze another $5-8k or so out of the budget to improve the wall system. What should I do? I was thinking 2x6 with foam board. Thoughts? Thanks!

(The floorplan is at the drafters right now, but I will post it later if anyone has any thoughts on it.)

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Cameron Guenzel | Aug 29 12
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Cost of air sealing and insulation

I just read the results of this research project by the EPA. In it they air seal a home built in the late 1970's and bring it from~ 0.93 ACHnat to 0.50 ACHnat. And they also add insulation to the attic (from R15 to R38), rim joists (from R0 to R11), and floors over the crawl space (from R0 to R11).

I'm wondering:

1) Is that type of air sealing accomplishment realistic in the real world without a deep energy retrofit?

In Energy efficiency and durability | Asked By Stephen Horvath | Aug 29 12
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