Tag Archives: residential

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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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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Tiny House Design Build, Part One – Site Clearing

Tiny House Design Build, Part One – Site Clearing Preparations for building our 450 square foot Tiny House started this past week with the clearing of the site on an 8-acre property on the banks of the Withlacoochee River in central Florida. The design is being finalized this week, and we should have a permit from Hernando County sometime in the middle […]

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Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky, Especially Capacity

Mini-Split Heat Pumps are Quirky and Still Effective The name “mini-splits” generally refers to heat pump systems with one outdoor unit and one or several smaller capacity air handlers. The efficiency of their operation comes via the inverter compressor and variable refrigerant flow technology, and they are available for single- and multi-family homes, as well as commercial buildings of any size. Here’s a general overview of what the systems […]

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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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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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