Category Archives: Mini Split Systems

Air Conditioning an Island Home in the Bahamas

Air Conditioning an Island Home in The Bahamas Apart from being beautiful, it is HOT and really HUMID in The Bahamas. The locals are used to it, and visitors put up with it just to be in The Bahamas. We certainly put up with it during our visit this past July, and it was so worth it. I […]

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Deconstruction and Re-construction, DIY Renovation Part 2

I have one word. DUST. My inner neat freak (ok, maybe not so inner) has been put to the test during the renovation of our Atlanta condo. Everything involved some sort of dust. When I was constructing the barn door, which turned out beautifully, I could walk away from my Dad’s wood shop where we […]

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DIY Renovation of Architect’s Condo, Phase 1: Design

As architects, Chris and I are often asked, “If you could design your own home, what would you design?” A reasonable question when you have two architects in the same household. Also reasonable to think we would have a definitive answer. But we don’t. Although I am practiced at interpreting the needs and wants of our […]

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Serenbe Modern Proud Green Home Update: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Systems

Things are really moving along on the Proud Green Home at Serenbe. This past Friday, the mechanical inspector paid a visit and we passed! Ahead this week; the builder has ordered the final plumbing inspection, the sprayfoam contractor is installing the open-cell foam in all the walls and roof, we will be performing the pre-drywall inspection for […]

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I’m an HVAC Magician, I Make Mini-Splits Disappear

Making Mini-Splits Disappear A lot of homeowners and folks in the building industry in the United States don’t want to see their HVAC (a.k.a. heating and air) systems exposed, even if it means high performance, healthy living environment, and total control. There is a magical (OK, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch) way to have cake and […]

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Why Don’t Architects and Interior Designers Care About HVAC Systems?

GUILTY! Once upon a time, I would have scoffed at mechanical engineers and contractors if they’d ask me, as the design architect, for a bigger room to put the HVAC (heating and air conditioning) equipment in. “Are you crazy? And give up valuable storage space???” They might have also ask me for dropped soffits and […]

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ENERGY STAR Certified Home in Grant Park – Atlanta, GA

Recently, this house in the historic district of Grant Park, Atlanta, was certified through the ENERGY STAR New Homes program at the EPA. The final inspection revealed an air tightness of 0.77 ach50, which is near the maximum acceptable air infiltration level of the aggressive Passive House program (0.6 ach50). The final HERS Index was around 64, which means (among other […]

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New Project (Renovation): Bar Antico – Italian Cafe with High Performance Twist

We have obained the permit from the City of Atlanta for the renovation and addition of this brick building in the “West Side” neighborhood of Home Park. Before demolition began, the building was a single-family home, and next to it was the parking for one of the busiest pizza joints in the country, Antico Pizza. […]

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Mini-Split HVAC Systems – Heating and Cooling On Demand

Mini-Split HVAC Systems – Heating and Cooling On Demand Pay-As-You Go Heating and Cooling It’s very simple. With ducted or ductless mini-split systems, you only pay for and use as much or as little heating and cooling as you need at any given time in any given room? How does it work? In technical terms, there […]

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