Recent Comments and Answered Questions on Green Building Advisor

  • | Nov 19,2017 02:39 AM EST
    Am I wrong here, or would Roxul Comfortboard not work way better for this type of application? Or, at least, it's a lot more vapor permeable. If you're covering it with an air barrier like ...
  • | Nov 18,2017 10:11 PM EST
    Thank you Martin, Dana and Armando. Martin, the article was very informative. I do have a sloped roof. The front of the attic is about 3 feet and gradually it lowers to 1.5 feet in the back. I ...
  • dwayne petko | Nov 18,2017 10:01 PM EST
    windows are typical newer construction. double pane, low E. I didn't see window sticker, but builder normally uses U-value 34, SHGC 27. I think Andersen. ill be there on wednesday again to ...
  • Malcolm Taylor | Nov 18,2017 07:21 PM EST
    Stephen, My feeling is that all roof warranties are next to useless. They generally only cover replacement of the defective materials, and are often further pro-rated to take into account the ...
  • Steve Knapp CZ 3A Georgia | Nov 18,2017 07:01 PM EST
    Armando, The Napoleon looks very nice. Thanks for mentioning it.
  • Fred Williams | Nov 18,2017 04:48 PM EST
    Thanks Michael. Great article!
  • Norman Bunn | Nov 18,2017 04:34 PM EST
    A direct vent fireplace can also provide a nice source of heat during power outages. If you don't want to pay the monthly cost of NG, you might want to consider propane or even gel if you don't ...
  • Dennis Heidner | Nov 18,2017 03:31 PM EST
    I have direct vent fireplaces... and the one piece of advice I can suggest is that you make sure that if its NG, that it doesn't have a standing pilot. If its a wood burner of some time... make ...
  • stephen sheehy | Nov 18,2017 03:14 PM EST
    Does putting soil and plants over the membrane void the roof warranty?
  • andrew c | Nov 18,2017 02:46 PM EST
    Protected membrane roofs or "inverted" roof membrane assemblies always make more sense to me. The air/water/vapor control layer is protected from UV, heat and cold, and physical damage. Joe L. ...
  • Jerry Liebler | Nov 18,2017 01:56 PM EST
    Martin & Dana, When I asked the question I was thinking only of a passive system which I'll be installing as a precaution. If it turns out that a fan must be added it certainly must be ...
  • | Nov 18,2017 01:24 PM EST
    Armando, Thank you very much - I’ll look more closely at electric units.
  • Armando Cobo | Nov 18,2017 01:18 PM EST
    As a 100% ZERH Designer, I've started to design all homes with electric fireplaces, as we can run it with on-site production/battery/net-metering. I've been specifying Napoleons, as I think they ...
  • | Nov 18,2017 01:02 PM EST
    Thanks Steve. No, I’m not going to use gas appliances anywhere else- for energy efficiency and indoor air quality reasons. The whole system will be electric to take advantage of photovoltaics I am ...
  • Steve Knapp CZ 3A Georgia | Nov 18,2017 12:51 PM EST
    Majestic seems to strike a nice balance between style and cost with this one: http://www.majesticproducts.com/Products/Jade-Series-Direct-Vent-Gas-Fireplace.aspx Are you considering other gas ...
  • | Nov 18,2017 11:39 AM EST
    I think it can range from transitional to contemporary, ie: one of the linear ones may be ok, but in any case it needs to be "clean" looking. I don't know enough about the electric ones to say if ...
  • Steve Knapp CZ 3A Georgia | Nov 18,2017 11:38 AM EST
    Jamie, Remind us again where you are located.
  • Steve Knapp CZ 3A Georgia | Nov 18,2017 11:36 AM EST
    If using vinyl siding, you need to follow the manufacturer's instructions. I believe most products cannot be installed over furring strips.
  • Steve Knapp CZ 3A Georgia | Nov 18,2017 11:33 AM EST
    What style are you looking for? Craftsman cottage-y, farmhouse, transitional, traditional, or something else? Would your wife access an electric fireplace that looked and performed (mostly) like a ...
  • | Nov 18,2017 11:01 AM EST
    Martin - Thank you. I appreciate your input. There's a good possiblity I'll use vinyl board & batten over cedar. Since vinyl board & batten has a much greater surface area sitting flat ...
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