Retrofitting for the Future and Fixing the Bad Air Mixing

by Cody Farmer

Are you Siding your Home?  Here are 3 things to get correct when siding that will save money on the life of your home and also LOWERS CARBON EMISSIONS😊.  

When it comes to residing in your home before you put that Tyvek on, think about Air Tightness and Home Health. These are a few areas that often get missed in big build, big box, and code-driven construction practices and materials.  That said, most homeowners that want big energy savings on their home look to state incentive guides which often stipulate using better windows and doors as well as caulking leaks and weather sealing areas around doors and windows.  While high R-value windows and doors are important, there are better ways to reap energy savings and comfort in your homes, which is why if you’re considering re-siding your home you should take a moment and tape your seems first because this is the easiest and cheapest way to do airtightness and secondly because it keeps the wind and dust out of your walls which means less dust inside.

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Composting, Recycling and Reusing: It's not Just a Kitchen Activity

by Cody Farmer

We’re all trying to reduce our waste – we try to use fewer plastics, recycle our cans and bottles, and reuse items that can be repurposed. You might even compost your veggie leftovers from your kitchen. We often focus all these good behaviors on the kitchen alone, but did you know that all of these can be whole-home action items?  As I write this the world is witnessing Greta Thunberg’s ‘this could only be fantasy’ moment.  Certainly becoming one again with the earth can happen as early as the kitchen compost.

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How to Run a Building Like a Boss

by Cody Farmer

Unlike the government who spends every penny they possibly can on their budget every year in order to increase the budget the very next year; a real boss conserves the budget, stretches the budget, and makes every penny count! This saves the budget because what isn't spent in the budget can surely be invested in growth or put in the bank!  You can control a building’s expenses in a similar fashion. Many of our parents and our grandparents still around today knew how to run their buildings like a boss!

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What we think of the new Q600 Air Purifier

by Cody Farmer

 

 

I just spent 2 days digging into the new ComfoAir Q Heat Recovery Ventilator with Gary Baggett. Gary is a super understanding and patient technical expert at Zehnder America. He is also very thorough and the person you want training your team! He’s been downloading information on the intelligence of the ComfoAir Q for several months now.

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Ceiling Air Barriers and Fiberglass Floaties in your Crib

by Cody Farmer

 The moment they realized why plastic doesn't work as Lid Air Barrier and to use Intello instead PS fireplace box to be under Air Barrier layer as noted in plans 😉

When we design ceiling air barriers, we try to keep it simple. Although we know how to do it right. Sometimes we end up on projects where we have to create special situations. Take for example a decorative fireplace that rises up through the roof, or a box light that drops out of the ceiling or really any electrical, lighting, alarm or anything that goes up above the ceiling of a room.

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LEDs: Bright Idea or Dimmed Failure?

by Cody Farmer

When I was in junior high school, I played some competitive soccer and we had a really cool English coach named Scott.  We called him scooter which he didn't like at first, but he later adored. Well, Scooter told us on the field one day, that when we didn't like what the referee called, we should turn around and blame one of our defensive players named Trey instead. So quite often we'd be on the field in the middle of an intense game and you would hear one us turn around and say Trey you're a *$%! (big meany) which was code for the referee could NOT see that day!!

My point for this is I'm about ready to do a rog. Yes, a ranting blog called the problem with LEDs and instead of calling LEDs by name we're going to call them Ellie Ds instead so that people might not stop buying them altogether.

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Construction Defects in Insulation and Thermal Bridges

by Cody Farmer

I opened my water and electric bills simultaneously…needless to say, I was shocked.

Ok, ok…bad joke but it still made me laugh because of the truth in it. And a large part of the reason why the typical homeowner’s heating and AC bills are so high is because of thermal bridges.  There seems to be a need for third-party inspection since the GC, Subcontractor delivery system still requires a babysitter! Here’s what often happens on a build site: The subcontractors expect the end user to QA their work and then they have to repeatedly come back until it’s finally correct. My question is – why isn’t it being done right from the start so that there are no repeats or fixes that are necessary? Why do some subcontractors and GCs seem to need someone else to check their work and point out failures?

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