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  • Martin Holladay | Mar 12,2009 02:14 PM EDT
    Jeff, You didn't mention where you are located. Your climate will affect your project specifications. In general, though, I would recommend: 1. Air sealing the top-floor ceiling from the ...
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 12,2009 02:08 PM EDT
    Eric, I agree with you analysis. It's always better to invest in an above-average envelope with thick insulation, good air sealing, and excellent windows. The type of heating system becomes ...
  • John Brooks | Mar 12,2009 12:46 PM EDT
    Peter, Don't you think that the gasket is actually doing 3 good things? Air sealing, capillary break AND thermal break. The wood is warmer and therefore drier.
  • David Foley | Mar 12,2009 09:45 AM EDT
    Hello, Ralph. Last year, I did what you propose on a small building in Maine, a new office for our small architecture firm. You can read about what I did ...
  • tom barthelemy | Mar 12,2009 08:04 AM EDT
    Excessive packaging will be reduced when sellers are required to take it back. All we wanted was the item, right? Did we ask for all the styrofoam and cardboard? Why is its disposal our ...
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 12,2009 07:40 AM EDT
    Two and a half weeks after this blog was posted, columnist Thomas Friedman wrote a strikingly similar piece for the New York Times. Friedman wrote, "What if the crisis of 2008 represents something ...
  • Rob Moody | Mar 11,2009 08:58 PM EDT
    It's great to hear from someone that has taken the beta test. Were you asked to give feedback after the test? I know that the USGBC was very interested in hearing from people prior to releasing ...
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 11,2009 07:31 AM EDT
    Tristan, As far as I can tell from examining the NESEA Excel spreadsheet used to report energy purchasing and energy use data for consideration by prize judges, the contest considers site energy ...
  • John Brooks | Mar 10,2009 10:27 PM EDT
    Andrew Henry, Very well said. The solution is the enclosure not the add-ons. I do not want to see a wind generator or PV strapped onto our Architecture. Aesthetics matter. Passivhaus IS THE ...
  • Kevin Klein | Mar 10,2009 09:56 PM EDT
    The posting, "The First U.S. Passive House Shows That Energy Efficiency Can Be Affordable", could not of come not have come to my attention at a better time. I spent last week at the Minneapolis ...
  • Carl Seville | Mar 10,2009 09:46 PM EDT
    Rob - I just took the beta version of the LEED AP+Homes test this week, and I can safely say that I am profoundly disappointed with the exam they assembled. For starters fully half of it was from ...
  • Tristan Roberts | Mar 10,2009 06:50 PM EDT
    Does the contest acknowledge, as John Brooks may have alluded to, that a given amount of electricity delivered to a site through the grid typically represents three times that amount at its ...
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 10,2009 03:36 PM EDT
    As you probably know, every wall needs a water-resistive barrier (WRB) that is integrated with wall and door flashing. You can choose from three possible WRBs: asphalt felt works fine; so does ...
  • Jeff White | Mar 10,2009 03:08 PM EDT
    Adam & Jeff, We don't recommend the "flash and fill" approach. I believe the goal is to build an assembly that is lower in price. When using a hybrid system, you end of doubling the effort to ...
  • John Gant | Mar 10,2009 02:26 PM EDT
    To the owners and designers, I applaud your use of fabric awnings in this application, as they not only provide shade, but also diffuse daylight which the fabric can redirect into the living ...
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 10,2009 12:51 PM EDT
    Andrew, I agree that the Passivhaus approach makes a lot of sense. David Pill included excellent envelope details, however: 4 inches EPS under the entire basement slab; R-20 basement wall ...
  • Andrew Henry | Mar 10,2009 12:40 PM EDT
    Martin, Having put in a ground source heat pump as part of an additon/renovation I am well aware of the design and sweat effort that David Pill put into his home and congratulate him for ...
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 10,2009 12:18 PM EDT
    David, Of course you're right; it's a typo. I will correct the article now.
  • David Wasserman | Mar 10,2009 12:05 PM EDT
    Surely you did not mean 1-kW wind turbine. A 10-kW would be more likely to cost $40,000 and provide enough energy for a low energy use all-electric home (about 7500 kWh with an average wind speed ...
  • Martin Holladay | Mar 10,2009 10:38 AM EDT
    John, David Pill's house is grid-connected. On windy days, his turbine generates more power than the house uses, and he sells electricity to the grid. When winds are calm, his family buys energy ...
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