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  • Marshall Sohne | Mar 12,2010 07:02 AM EST
    my mistake
  • Marshall Sohne | Mar 12,2010 07:02 AM EST
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704869304575110064117172510.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_sections_realestate
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 12,2010 05:41 AM EST
    Scott, You asked, "Why not write about the ridiculous claims solar panel companies make in reducing energy cost by installing solar DHW systems?" You can find my article on solar hot water ...
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 12,2010 05:38 AM EST
    Todd, Thanks for sharing the complete version of Viktor Ginic's letter. When researching my article, I contacted Sophie Piesse, who was understandably reluctant to be drawn into a controversy. I ...
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 12,2010 04:39 AM EST
    Mike, I'm not sure I understand your point. You write that "people only go for the low-hanging fruit." If that were true, that would be a step in the right direction — if you are using the term ...
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 12,2010 04:34 AM EST
    J Chesnut, I disagree with Robert's advice. Your decision to install new siding gives you a once-in-50-years opportunity to install a rainscreen. Research shows that even a 1/4-inch rainscreen ...
  • | Mar 12,2010 01:48 AM EST
    Robert, Have you looked at OC's Energy Complete System? As a one-time homebuilder wrestling with new terms like convection, conduction, radiation, diffusion, heating days v cooling days, ...
  • | Mar 12,2010 12:43 AM EST
    J Chestnut, You're in a moderate rainfall zone and, if you're in the city, probably don't have a high exposure site. So a rain/drain screen is not necessary and certainly less important than ...
  • | Mar 11,2010 11:48 PM EST
    About all I can reply to is the exterior stain. We have stained our exterior T1-11 siding exactly twice in 30 yrs, plus one more time on the south side that has a black deck right below it; that ...
  • | Mar 11,2010 11:14 PM EST
    people only go for the low-hanging fruit. there is a reason the food pyramid doesn't work, either.
  • | Mar 11,2010 10:38 PM EST
    If you tell us where you are, we might have a better sense of where to point you. By your use of the term "timber" in relation to studs, I'm assuming you're a Brit. Here in the US of A, ...
  • | Mar 11,2010 09:12 PM EST
    It is clear that Martin prescribes to what he wants to believe in his view of the world. What is very clear from Viktor's letter below is that Icynene in the configuration used and noted by ...
  • | Mar 11,2010 09:10 PM EST
    How many feet should my 6x6 cedar post be under ground to support a conventional roof?
  • | Mar 11,2010 06:49 PM EST
    Although all of the programs out there have their own shortcomings, building to a certification is a step in the right direction. Any time you try to create a program that has some flexibility in ...
  • Lucas Durand - 7A | Mar 11,2010 06:48 PM EST
    Daniel, thanks for the links. I had not yet watched those videos. I will let you know if I decide to chronicle my adventure. I'd like to try to keep up with a blog but I'm not sure if I'll have ...
  • | Mar 11,2010 05:53 PM EST
    Martin, I get your premise that a home's thermal envelop should only be allowed to comply with the prescriptive code and not the performance based code. It does not matter to you what the ...
  • | Mar 11,2010 04:57 PM EST
    Martin, my customers are perfectly happy with their energy bills because their energy bills are lower than their previous house with less square footage. They are even more happy with their R20 ...
  • | Mar 11,2010 02:43 PM EST
    Katrin's house is also a very simple design (for economic reasons) with very few windows on the colder sides, north and east. I don't think this home represents the strengths of the Passive Haus ...
  • John Brooks | Mar 11,2010 12:59 PM EST
    The Air Control Layer ..... My favorite subject. The Simple and Continuous Red Pencil Line
  • | Mar 11,2010 12:41 PM EST
    Thanks Robert for that clarification on the wraps. I guess builders stopped using felt when marketing departments sold the Tyvek systems as breathable and better that felt. By the way, I'm ...
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