Tag Archives: insulation

Building a Concrete Slab to Last Forever

BUILDING A CONCRETE SLAB TO LAST FOREVER, AT THE OFF-GRID HOMESTEAD Can something we build today, using the materials and techniques available, last forever? Like the ancient Pyramids and Temples in the world? With a focus on durable materials, solid soil, and proven best practices of construction, I believe it is absolutely possible to build […]

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Controlling Heat Flow and Cracking in Concrete Slab

CONTROLLING HEAT FLOW AND CRACKING IN SLABS ONE BUILDING, TWO SLABS Two of the five concrete slabs at the off-grid homestead are now complete. The barn has two completely separate slabs for one building, with a two inch gap between them, filled with two (2”) inches of rock wool insulation to control heat flow and […]

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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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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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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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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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1825 Home Becomes an Energy Efficiency Role Model

Recently, Jodi and I sat down with freelance journalist, Scott Sowers, to discuss the design challenges of the Historic Molette House in Molettes Bend, Alabama. Below is the full article that will appear in the July 2014 print and digital edition of Remodeling Magazine. The article is currently on the magazine’s website. Scott Sowers is a […]

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Attention to High Performance Details In New Homes Pays Off

On the One Hand… …the Proud Green Home at Serenbe has been a kind of Experimental House for High Performance Design and Construction. Some of the features, products and practices we’re trying for the first time with this home, others we’ve used or done before, but they are still relatively new to the industry. To […]

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14 Design Don’ts for High Performance Homes, Part One

There are a lot of ways to design a home. Designing one for high performance, though, or even better-than-average performance, has many recommended best practices that are based on a lot of research of homes that have failed because they’re unhealthy, inefficient, and/or falling apart. This is why we have building scientists (see SOAP BOX […]

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Part II: Designing for High Performance, Controlling Heat Flow in Slab-On-Grade

In Part I of this series on designing for high performance, we discussed the control of moisture flow at foundations. We showed you this detail (below) from the Proud Green Home at Serenbe and reviewed the practices that we and the builder are employing for keeping unwanted moisture out of the building. Looking back, we said the […]

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