How do you define high performance? If you build to code and accidently end up with a super tight enclosure, are you high performance? (I’ve tested a code-built house that ended up at .33ACH50.) Or do you need to build above code in all four of the control layers, water, air, vapor and thermal to reach the high-performance accolades? To tell you the truth, I don’t particularly like the term high performance. If you are shooting for a certification, then you are building to “Zero Energy” or to “Passive House” or whatever model you are trying to achieve. If you are not going for a certification, then you are simply building above code, or building better, but for clarity with this blog post, we’ll call it high performance.
Continue reading “Ten Requirements for High Performance Buildings”
By now most of us know what a blower door does and the basics of how they work. All energy auditors and raters own one. A few insulating contractors I know also have purchased their own blower door. As a contractor, does it make sense to invest a sizable amount of money and then take the time to learn how to operate this piece of test equipment. Continue reading “Opinion-5 Reasons to Own A Blower Door”
Whether you’re a homeowner acting as a general contractor or a licensed contractor who’s building to make a living, certain decisions and policies need to be set in place and communicated with workers and sub-contractors performing tasks on the jobsite. Who’s responsible for doing what. Continue reading “Opinion-Who’s Responsible?”
When was the last time had your hair cut? Did you walk in and say I have $15, do whatever you can for that budget, or did you have something more specific in mind? Continue reading “Never Seen Again”