Multi-Family Passive House: Duplexes, Apartments and Condos, Oh My!

by Cody Farmer

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe…but it was extremely uncomfortable full of cold drafts, her children’s allergies were always acting up, and the energy bills were through the roof!...or through the boot hole…. or whatever. She really wished that her adult children could take some of the other kids and move out of her shoe and into an apartment but all of the apartments around had the same energy and temperature issues. What’s a girl to do??!

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5 Reasons to Never Build or Live in a Passive House

by Angie Sickler

  1. You want to make things worse for the next generation.

I know, I know…I can already hear you saying, “We should be building the passive house way so that we leave a lighter footprint on the planet and make it livable for future generations!” Yuck! I mean, look…you’ve paid your dues – worked jobs, raised kids, paid taxes and your children have done nothing. Why do we owe them anything? If they want a better world, that’s their problem. Why should we be bothered with ozone problems, climate problems, or landfill problems? When we’re gone it’s not going to affect us anyhow, so it sounds like someone else’s problem to me! When these problems become planet-threatening, I’m sure the babies can figure it out on their own, right?

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Retrofitting for the Future and Fixing the Bad Air Mixing

by Cody Farmer

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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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