Tag Archives: atlanta

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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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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Handmade Barn Door makes Architects’ Condo Remodel

HANDMADE BARN DOOR MAKES ARCHITECTS’ CONDO REMODEL Without a doubt the 6′-0″ wide by 8′-0″ high barn door, made with wood salvaged from deconstructed homes in central Florida, is the first thing visitors notice in our 8th level condo in Midtown Atlanta. It was installed as part of the major remodeling we did last year. The barn door, along with […]

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Molette House, ca. 1825: Historic Preservation meets Energy Efficiency

The preservation, deep energy retrofit and new addition of the Historic Molette Family Plantation house near Orrville, Alabama kicked off last week with an exciting, and at times nerve-racking, three-mile move of the original 80-ton circa 1825 house to its new and, hopefully, final location. We watched in awe as 80 tons and 188 years […]

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The HERS Index is THE Home Energy Efficiency Gauge

GET ON BOARD THE HERS TRAIN, YOU’LL BE GLAD YOU DID. The HERS Index is already the industry standard for measuring a home’s energy efficiency. In 2015, the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) will allow the option for all new homes to use the HERS Index to comply. Considering that residential buildings account for approximately 36.5% (2012 figures) of […]

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10556 Serenbe Lane – Serenbe’s Latest Modern Home

During a recent round-table discussion about high-performance homes and sustainable living, Steve Nygren, one of the chief founders of the Serenbe Community, shared a story with us about one of the residents walking up to him, giving him a bear hug and saying, “Serenbe changed my life!” Well done, Steve! The 1,000-acre sustainable community has grown in to […]

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LG Squared, Inc. Asks for Your Vote: RESNET 2014 Building Performance Conference

Atlanta, Georgia will play host to the 2014 RESNET Building Performance Conference, and LG Squared, Inc.’s Chris Laumer-Giddens is listed on the session proposal below about the The role and viability of third party HVAC design (Session HVAC-20), and we would like you to consider voting for it. Feel free to vote for as many sessions […]

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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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