1 or 2 improvements to convince a builder to adopt
I’m Zone 6a—Maine—looking for thoughts on the 1 or 2 things worth trying to convince a builder/homeowner to adopt in the name of energy efficiency/carbon reduction.
It almost feels easier to talk about deep-in-the-rabbit-hole science with aficionados—zero-energy and passivehaus geeks—than to convince someone that there are a few simple things worth doing with tangible payback.
I’m hoping to make a sensible case so that they feel it is in their best interest and not just mine.
The two things that come to mind are air-tight sheathing and adding a bit of R-value to the wall design.
But if I convince them to built tight, they need to consider an HRV, or at least a well-thought out ventilation strategy, right? How many designers and builders in places like Maine are actually installing HRV’s? Suddenly it feels like I’m convincing them to build a space-ship instead of a house (from their perspective).
If I convince them to increase R-Value, how do they do this simply? Building another (double) stud wall would come off as a ludicrous endeavor (build another wall inside the first, just for insulation? what!?) and exterior insulation may or may not be realistic for costs and builder familiarity.
I’m thinking if they are looking at trusses, suggesting raised heel is an easy one…
What do you think, what simple things can I convince them (to then convince the builder) to pursue? Ideally these are things that can be convincing over the course of a dinner conversation or the like, and doesn’t require them to peruse GBA for months on end, or have me performing a perceived soliloquy.
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