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  • Eric Habegger | Sep 22,2017 08:49 PM EDT
    "...the point of this whole article is that winter renewable generation (including hydro, wind and solar) will not be sufficient to fully cover winter demand - even in sunny places like ...
  • Jerry Liebler | Sep 22,2017 08:07 PM EDT
    From the Greenguard web page. "DC14 Drainage Mat was designed following rain screen principles to allow ample space for drainage and drying between exterior wall cladding and wall sheathing. With ...
  • Jerry Liebler | Sep 22,2017 08:02 PM EDT
    Dana, My understanding of the DC14 is that it allows drying and serves as the vented rain screen because of the textured inner surface. Are You saying this is insufficient and an ...
  • tim eberhardt | Sep 22,2017 07:45 PM EDT
    Thanks again for the great ideas. This is awesome Steve. One of the first projects i do is a tiny house design. It really forces them to think what you actually need in a home and a simpler ...
  • Steve Knapp CZ 3A Georgia | Sep 22,2017 06:24 PM EDT
    You should talk to your code enforcer before moving ahead with the spray on barrier. If if they give you the green light, I would want to confirm that there would be no indoor air quality issues. ...
  • Jonathan Lawrence CZ 4A New Jersey | Sep 22,2017 06:09 PM EDT
    I think batteries are the solution to flattening out the curve, but the EV battery, not a stationary battery. Build out charging stations in parking lots and let people charge their cars between ...
  • | Sep 22,2017 06:03 PM EDT
    So, to clarify...the stack up that I have suggested would be fine as far as moisture goes and a thermal barrier may be required as a firewall? One of my insulation contractors suggested a spray ...
  • | Sep 22,2017 05:43 PM EDT
    Thank you Mr. Holladay, I just learned a new technique! :) I don't want to use dry wall simply because they are heavy and potential cracking in any kind of transportation of the tiny house. Most ...
  • Martin Holladay | Sep 22,2017 05:24 PM EDT
    Annie, If you want the "drywall look," why not install drywall? My guess is that the best way to achieve the "drywall look" with plywood would be (a) to tape the plywood seams with paper ...
  • Jonathan Lawrence CZ 4A New Jersey | Sep 22,2017 05:10 PM EDT
    Trying the elevation attachment again.
  • Dana Dorsett | Sep 22,2017 05:06 PM EDT
    This came out in 2014, when the cost of Li-ion battery storage was 2.5-3x what it is now, and before it was obvious to everyone in the auto industry that EVs are likely to dominate the market by ...
  • | Sep 22,2017 04:47 PM EDT
    Thank you Mr. Holladay for your quick response. The tiny house is parked on my family land and I intend on having it only parked within the warmer climate areas so I followed code recommended for ...
  • Michele Knapp | Sep 22,2017 04:30 PM EDT
    Do a search for "extended plate and beam system" Here is some of the work being done by Build ...
  • Martin Holladay | Sep 22,2017 04:15 PM EDT
    There are two (identical) versions of this blog. The one on this page is behind the paywall, as usual for my weekly Friday blog. The other is the "GBA Prime Sneak Peek" version, which is freely ...
  • Dana Dorsett | Sep 22,2017 04:04 PM EDT
    It's hardly a "...sales rant...", these are large and rapid changes happening right now, on a grid near you! If long term grid storage was financially viable, with a learning curve history that ...
  • Martin Holladay | Sep 22,2017 04:03 PM EDT
    Annie, One problem with a house on wheels is that where you end up parking the house matters more than where you build it. Will this house stay in Alabama, or will it ever be towed further ...
  • | Sep 22,2017 03:38 PM EDT
    I am sorry guys, I have a typo in the question description. I'm in zone 3, central Alabama.
  • Steve Knapp CZ 3A Georgia | Sep 22,2017 02:49 PM EDT
    I'll offer another suggestion. Drake University recently built three tiny homes for the homeless. Perhaps your students could design a tiny home optimized for your location's unique requirements ...
  • Graham Irwin | Sep 22,2017 02:32 PM EDT
    Here's a direct link to the energy use info for the project I mentioned above. http://midorihaus.com/?s=energy
  • Graham Irwin | Sep 22,2017 02:28 PM EDT
    Absent more granular information, my guess as to explaining the discrepancy between each model, and the relatively "poor" improvement over code is as follows: Since these buildings are ...
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