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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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Building Science is Worthless…

Building Science is Worthless… Thousands of hours went in this construction detail. When we factor all the time spent by building science engineers, from all over the world, researching and testing each material and the various assembly options, and to figure out what works and what fails, the time is, really, impossible to quantify. Not to mention […]

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Zero Net Energy Home, Performance Results and Best Practices, Revealed

Zero Net Energy Home, Performance Results and Best Practices, Revealed The owners of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, near Atlanta, GA, will never pay for electricity as long as they live there. Before the photovoltaic panels were considered for the home, it was rated, using the HERS Index, to use more than 60% less energy than […]

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Kitchen and Bath Trends toward Simple and Personal

Kitchen and Bath Trends toward Simple and Personal I’m back from #BlogTourVegas and the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. I had some fun, learned a lot, I saw a lot of innovation and well-designed residential products that made me realize that the innovations in Kitchen and Bath are Trending Toward Simplicity and Personalization. Photo by: Chasen West […]

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Technologies, Trends in Kitchen and Bath Industry via #BlogTourVegas

Technologies, Trends in Kitchen and Bath Industry via #BlogTourVegas NOTICE TO READER: Because of technical difficulties during the making of the following video, we ask that you increase the volume on your speakers before listening. Thank You. Hi everyone! Chris with LG Squared ARCHI + TECHS, here. In this video, I want to share with you […]

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