Tag Archives: water management

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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Designing A Perfect Residential Wall – Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta, Georgia has a reputation for getting pretty darn hot, but it can also get pretty dang cold (No snickering from you Northerners, please!). Believe it or not, Atlantans use more energy to heat their homes than they do to cool them. The design temperature set by ASHRAE for the Metro Atlanta area to use when designing heating systems, is […]

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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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Construction Update: Contemporary Proud Green Home at Serenbe

WEEK 5: Jodi and I spent a day last week at Serenbe, which included a mandatory stop at the Blue Eyed Daisy. Aside from that, our main purpose was to check-in on the construction of the Contemporary Proud Green Home being built by Luis Imery and his crew at The Imery Group, and they’re moving right […]

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Proud Green Home at Serenbe Construction Update: Installing the Footings

WEEK 2: Construction is underway at the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, and the concrete footings have been poured! Next up…concrete stem walls, which happens tomorrow! After that, we’re pouring the slab-on-grade. Though we considered many good strategies to control heat, moisture and air, here is the foundation detail we are using. Here are some photos […]

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Improved Energy Codes, Diminishing Return, & a New Performance Baseline

It wasn’t long ago that the EPA’s ENERGY STAR New Homes Program created an uproar in the residential building community by releasing Version 3.0 of it’s volunteer 3rd party verification program. One of the biggest crack downs in the new version was it’s requirement for HVAC Contractors to test and verify their installations of the heating […]

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Designing for High Performance: Slab-On-Grade, Part I – Controlling Moisture Flow

We’re just a few weeks away from a computer generated, self-guided interactive virtual tour of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe, a design-build collaboration with The Imery Group. We’re using REVIT software to generate the 3D model, then  VIMTREK will animate the tour. What you will see in the tour is the home’s modern design, its 3 bedrooms […]

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