House Designs

How to Avoid Mold Part 2 – Control Temperature

August 26, 2013
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      An Energy Auditing Blog article on reducing mold risk by reducing the homeowner’s ‘water sports’ (water related activities in the house) was published at GBA last week. Allison Bailes, the self-described energy guy with the funny name, rightly pointed out that temperature plays a key role as well. Temperature Makes Humidity Relative […]

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Major Thermal Bypasses – The Big Holes in Your House

November 14, 2012
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    First, a bit about my writing…I write longhand whenever I have spare time. Between audits, at lunch, after the gym when stopping for a coffee then I type them up. The thing is that I find a lot more spare time in my walking around day than at the home/office. To say there […]

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Journal of Poor Homebuilding v.15 – VENT ALL THE GARAGES!

September 5, 2012
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      Image from Allie Brosh at Hyperbole and A Half. She is wildly hilarious. Go read it. This is another classic. I was going to write ‘Maine classic’ but really this found everywhere in new construction with attached garages. I’ve written other posts about the challenges of insulating a finished room over a […]

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A Variation on Esoteric – The REMOTE Wall System

July 30, 2012
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      I mentioned in my last post that we were getting toward more esoteric wall systems like the PERSIST walls. Well, the REMOTE wall system is a variation on PERSIST, making it like an esoteric second cousin, once removed. And up front, I’m admitting that I’m flat out copying a lot of material […]

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We’re Getting Esoteric Here…PERSIST Wall Systems

July 27, 2012
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      Don’t call it a comeback… I’ve written about exterior foam insulation as a wall concept before, but thought I’d touch on a few of the specific systems out there: the PERSIST and REMOTE approaches. These are two incredibly well insulated, air tight approaches to creating an efficient, green house. What is PERSIST? […]

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