Recent Comments and Answered Questions on Green Building Advisor

  • John Clark | May 18,2018 01:03 PM EDT
    OP: Your instance on a square footprint is akin to rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic. Seriously, you're making all sorts of compromises that will just lead to suffering and ...
  • Malcolm Taylor | May 18,2018 12:34 PM EDT
    Trevor, Sorry - this is a reply to question you posted some month ago. The NBC includes requirements for fire-stops in concealed spaces. Rainscreen cavities are interpreted as being concealed ...
  • | May 18,2018 12:09 PM EDT
    Updated drawings to reflect the very helpful suggestions given.
  • John Clark | May 18,2018 12:08 PM EDT
    New plan: It has one upstairs bath serving potentially 3 bedrooms. The full bath downstairs is negative from a functionality perspective. Perhaps a modification to this ...
  • John Clark | May 18,2018 12:00 PM EDT
    @Martin, Ya, I only saw 1 bathroom on the second floor. 3 bedroom 1 bath is going to be a non-starter for a primary residence. Banks don't like them because it really shrinks the pool of ...
  • Dana Dorsett | May 18,2018 11:52 AM EDT
    Nick- how are you inferring that the crawlspace floor will be rock w/vapor barrier? It could just as easily be uncompacted soil with vapor barrier, closed cell foam sprayed directly on soil, or ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 18,2018 11:46 AM EDT
    John, It's got either 3 or 4 bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Not sure where you got the idea there is only one bathroom.
  • Dana Dorsett | May 18,2018 11:38 AM EDT
    A wood stove with the fire box below grade would always require a CO detector. With the fire-box below grade wood stoves are far more prone to backdrafting than if installed above grade. In a ...
  • Dana Dorsett | May 18,2018 11:27 AM EDT
    With either a 2x4 or 2x6 wall and 3" exterior Silverboard XS of you don't need the MemBrain for anything but inspector-appeasement. Providing the inspector-appeasement function with closed ...
  • Matt Bath | May 18,2018 11:26 AM EDT
    Michael, I do list all of my material costs on the blog. I never got an estimate from a contractor so I am unable to give you a really solid answer, but including the insulation and plumbing I ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 18,2018 11:17 AM EDT
    Stewart, Green Building Advisor is one of the best available sources of information on deep energy retrofits. We have been reporting on this topic for many years, and there are lots of articles ...
  • Dana Dorsett | May 18,2018 11:14 AM EDT
    If your water is being heated by burning $100 bills it's definitely going to be worth insulating a 50' recirculation loop to something greater than R4 (which is already greater than the code-min ...
  • Sarah Poulin | May 18,2018 11:02 AM EDT
    Calum Wilde, yes, that is for 2 months. We do have equalized billing, and we pay $300 a month on average. Dana Dorsett, we qualified for the Home Warming Program in Nova Scotia, and they ...
  • michael pi | May 18,2018 10:47 AM EDT
    Great article! I'll be breaking ground soon and was wondering if you have any estimate of your savings going the DIY route versus hiring a contractor?
  • Stewart Herman | May 18,2018 10:41 AM EDT
    Dana, you make a strong case against on-demand water heaters. Good to know. I wonder then how well a recirc system would do at 50 feet distance? Obviously insulating the lines is needed. We ...
  • Stewart Herman | May 18,2018 10:35 AM EDT
    Thanks, Martin, for passing along articles about two deep-energy retrofits--the in Somerville, the other in Brattleboro. Given the idiosyncrasies of older houses, every project is going to be ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 18,2018 10:13 AM EDT
    Brian, Since I don't make a habit of reading tabloid newspapers, I was unfamiliar with the reports that Michael Jackson was rumored (at one time) to sleep in a hyperbaric chamber delivering 100% ...
  • Brian Knight | May 18,2018 10:07 AM EDT
    Thank you for the excellent summary of Mr. Just's findings. This helps prove that pop singer Michael Jackson was genius.
  • Peter Engle | May 18,2018 09:37 AM EDT
    I hate island cooktops for the same reason John posted. I try very hard to get them on a wall to reduce air currents, make the vent hood less obstructive to sight lines, and provide the potential ...
  • Martin Holladay | May 18,2018 09:32 AM EDT
    John, It looks to me like a 3-bedroom home -- convertible to 4 bedrooms in a pinch (if a future owner gives up the 1st floor office).
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