Author Archives: Chris Laumer-Giddens

VIDEO: Building an Off-Grid Homestead

video: Building an Off-Grid Homestead What is an off-grid homestead? What does it mean to design and build a house that lasts generations? What does it mean to have a house be comfortable and keep its occupants warm in the winter and cool in the summer, without using a lot of energy, and keeping the […]

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Rock Wool Insulation for Floor of High Performance Tiny House

ROCK WOOL INSULATION FOR FLOOR OF HIGH PERFORMANCE TINY HOUSE In August of 2016, we posted a video describing the design and construction of the foundation and floor framing of our High Performance Tiny House in Florida. Since then, we have made a lot of progress. We’ve also prioritized the design and construction of an off-grid, […]

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Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home, Air Tight Ceiling

Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home The AIR Barrier at the ceiling plane, that is…. At LG Squared, we have experimented with many ways to design and build a roof assembly for a home. Without question, we have found the ventilated attic to be THE most effective. Image 1 – View from Home: […]

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Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check Out It’s Drying Potential.

Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check Out Its Drying Potential. Check this out! This 24″ x 48″ x 2″ thick piece of rigid stone wool insulation was left out overnight (on purpose) on the High Performance Tiny House project site, to see how it handles a deluge of rain, which we knew was coming. One of the […]

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Well-Built Dumb Home

Well-Built Dumb Home One of the smartest things ever said about building a new home, was about something dumb: “A Well-Built Dumb Home beats the Smart Thermostat Every Time” – Mike Rogers, OmStout Consulting Mike said this in response something I shared on LinkedIn, which was a blog post written by the British architect, Elrond Burrell, known for his PassivHaus musings, where he […]

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A Solution for Fresh and Make-Up Air Happiness

A Solution for Fresh and Make-Up Air Happiness Most of us are happy inside our homes, when the air we breath is fresh, and without the nastiness that can make us sick, or that is just plain stinky. As soon as it’s not fresh, we try to get rid of it. Some of us open a window or two. Others crank up an exhaust […]

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Insulating a Slab On Grade in Hotlanta

Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta Why in the world are we insulating a slab-on-grade in Hotlanta? Reason #1: Atlanta is not, I repeat, NOT a cooling dominated climate. Wait…What?!?!? Yes, it gets plenty hot here in the Summer, but it also gets downright cold. Which is why it’s one of the more difficult climates to design and […]

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A Perfect Residential Building Enclosure

A Perfect Residential Building Enclosure Buildings fail. It’s a harsh reality, but they do, and for many different reasons. Two pretty common ways are by falling down, and by making the people in them sick. There is a long list of other reasons, but this post is focused on these two. I am going to share how we are preventing these failures in all […]

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High Performance Tiny House, an Experiment

High Performance Tiny House, an Experiment In graduate school, I chose to focus on the work of Finnish architect, Alvar Aalto, during a study abroad trip. One of the buildings that stood out, was his Experimental House, on the island of Muuratsalo, Finland. In the early 1950s, Aalto bought the island and built this house for his own experimentation. As I […]

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Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home!

Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home This is the home. This is the hole that Sparky (electrician) “innocently” made to feed a wire to the light on the front porch of the High Performance Bungalow. I discovered it a day or two after our home performance diagnostics team, Carl Seville and Abe Kruger, of SK […]

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