Recent Comments and Answered Questions on Green Building Advisor

  • | Jul 22,2010 08:16 AM EDT
    I decided to post up a new query on the use of units, so that people such as myself more familiar with the European system, can better understand these debates. ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jul 22,2010 06:52 AM EDT
    Rhaud, 1. Passive solar builders are very familiar with the importance of window specifications and window orientation. 2. The use of movable window insulation has been tried by hundreds of ...
  • | Jul 22,2010 06:03 AM EDT
    You can read a short piece I wrote for the Sunday Tribune newspaper here in Ireland last year. (Spam filter is blocking the link at the moment) We used to offer a type of on-demand, lean ...
  • | Jul 22,2010 06:03 AM EDT
    Daniel; I have been designing residential and commercial structures since early 1976 and honestly question your positionally. I would suggest that scientific analysis is not the 'definitive' in ...
  • | Jul 22,2010 05:49 AM EDT
    MS says: "My concerns are much more pedestrian but to the client, they are of course just as germane. " I used to have a copy of Bryan Lawson's book, Design in Mind, Architectural Press, 1 Aug ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jul 22,2010 04:52 AM EDT
    AJ, I stand by my statement. I wrote, "I don't think that spray foam 'concentrates' exfiltration into areas with air-barrier flaws any more than any other air barrier materials do." If you ...
  • | Jul 22,2010 03:47 AM EDT
    As a 'complete' residential and commercial designer, I have used old reclaimed bricks of all varieties, including a lot of non fired old chimney bricks as patio, walkway, entrance and driveway ...
  • | Jul 22,2010 02:43 AM EDT
    I have often wondered why a very small percentage of available funding for services and problem solving was all that our federal,state and local governments ever offer to the largest body of ...
  • | Jul 22,2010 01:47 AM EDT
    This is a request, not a comment. I know that there must be funding somewhere in atleast two or so funded programs that I have not found. That seek solutions to inexspencive and affordable ...
  • aj builder, Upstate NY Zone 6a | Jul 22,2010 12:59 AM EDT
    Martin, concentrated moisture issues is one thing that Brownell did tell me he was dealing with in his home designs. When a home is sealed as tight as his ours... the only place air does transfer ...
  • aj builder, Upstate NY Zone 6a | Jul 22,2010 12:47 AM EDT
    James... talk to the hand! You get in touch with Brownell and jump down his throat. His slab is much less concrete than a whole cellar which is the norm around here. You produce a totally ...
  • | Jul 21,2010 11:17 PM EDT
    means you should have hired a better architect. i'm all for smaller houses, but susanka and 90% of the CNU projects have a terrible aesthetic... it's kinkade for the homebuyer.
  • Christopher Briley | Jul 21,2010 09:43 PM EDT
    You could have a self priming trap but those can be pricey as you'd have to get plumbing (or actually a small hose like the kind that runs to a water dispensing refrigerator) over to it. Or if ...
  • Christopher Briley | Jul 21,2010 09:36 PM EDT
    I'm not a fan of the composites, myself. more from an aesthetic point of view. (I just don't like plastic houses, much). In addition to White Cedar, I have used FSC Cambara which is a ...
  • Martin Holladay | Jul 21,2010 09:14 PM EDT
    Mario, I wouldn't hesitate to use closed-cell spray foam to insulate the floor of a stilt house. The foam will actually add to the structural integrity of the floor system, making the house ...
  • | Jul 21,2010 09:04 PM EDT
    Stacy - since you have a downdraft, I assume you are on a crawl space. Your moisture is probably coming from there. Martin is probably correct - when running the downdraft, there is a slight ...
  • James Morgan | Jul 21,2010 08:49 PM EDT
    12" slab? Producing a single cubic yard of concrete releases about 400 pounds of CO2. Worldwide, cement manufacturing accounts for approximately 5% of CO2 emissions. If you're planning to triple ...
  • Hunter Dendy | Jul 21,2010 08:36 PM EDT
    Maybe there's a leak in the downdraft flue/piping under there that's creating just a negative within that base cabinet and pulling moisture from cooking into it from cracks around the cooktop. ...
  • | Jul 21,2010 08:10 PM EDT
    Brian, Did they pay for any of the air exchangers? Is there a specific problem with raising the attic humidity? Higher humidity should raise the rate of off-gassing, and as long as you ...
  • | Jul 21,2010 07:40 PM EDT
    Many coastal communities in Florida have houses on stilts with no insulation under the floor, just plywood and flooring material leaving the space open to the elements. Many contractors here ...
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