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A discussion of a near perfectly airtight contemporary home in Marietta, GA, the testing, the results, and how it was achieved.The blower door is set up in the front door of the Contemporary High Performance Home in Marietta, ready for the…
Feb 10, 2020
Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Near Perfect Air Tightness Measured in Contemporary Home
"Thank you, Chris,
The door installers use the shims to 1. keep the door level, and 2. to prevent the individual pieces of the frame from bending/warping. The shims on the lower section of one side of the door were missing, and the door frame bowed…"
Jan 20, 2020
Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Near Perfect Air Tightness Measured in Contemporary Home
"Thanks, Cody,
The crew absolutely did their job well! It was the painter's first time to work with the PolyWall, but they nailed it on the first attempt. The biggest "hurdle" they had to get over was to not think like a painter when it comes to…"
Jan 20, 2020
Chris Laumer-Giddens posted a blog post
VIDEO: Foundation and Floor Framing for High Performance Tiny House, FloridaIn 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…
Jan 12, 2017
Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home, Air Tight Ceiling
"@Joe Nagan, We have found this technique to be WAY simpler and A LOT less labor than making a ceiling with can lights and all other penetrations super air tight. Yes, it's unconventional, but VERY practical. It also makes framing the roof A LOT…"
Sep 22, 2016
Chris Laumer-Giddens posted a blog post
Raising the BARrier in North Carolina Mountain Home, Making it Super Air Tight!The AIR Barrier at the ceiling plane, that is....At LG Squared, we have experimented with many ways to design and build a roof assembly for a home. Without question, we…
Sep 16, 2016
Chris Laumer-Giddens posted a blog post
Building with Rocks, Rocks! Check out the 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…
Jul 26, 2016
Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Well-Built Dumb Home
"So true, Danny. Style definitely draws a higher demand and more emotion from the homeowner than CFM50 and HERS. I happen to be a weirdo and get equally emotional about both, and I'm not waiting for any of it to become widespread. Everything carries…"
Feb 22, 2016
Chris Laumer-Giddens posted a blog post
Well-Built Dumb HomeOne of the smartest things ever said about building a new home, was about something dumb:"A Well-Built Dumb Home beats the Smart Thermostat Every Time" - Mike Rogers, OmStout ConsultingMike said this in response something I…
Feb 17, 2016
Chris Laumer-Giddens posted a blog post
A Solution for Fresh and Make-Up Air HappinessMost 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.…
Feb 10, 2016
Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in Hotlanta
"Steven Lefler: For ground temperatures, check out the link that Graham Irwin posted,  http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Cooling/EarthTemperatures.htm. These are reasonable assumptions of the varying temperatures across the country. In Atlanta, we…"
Feb 2, 2016
Chris Laumer-Giddens posted a blog post
Insulating a Slab-On-Grade in HotlantaWhy 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…
Feb 1, 2016
Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home!
"Indeed, Eric, that is, in fact, how we have dealt with these situations. Like leaving the site a mess. Either don't, or they see a back charge on their final payment. It's in our drawings, and I remind them of it before they begin the job. Every…"
Feb 1, 2016
Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Sparky Doubled the Air Leakage in this Home!
"Thanks, John. Learning curve for everyone on the job, as it has been for awhile. They are starting, and I mean starting, to get it. Teach the concepts, the reasons for why, is where we start, rather than do this, or do that. Eventually, they'll…"
Feb 1, 2016
Chris Laumer-Giddens commented on Chris Laumer-Giddens's blog post Using Stone and Wax for a Perfect Residential Building Enclosure
"Hey Kohta, thank you for making that very important clarification.
Nothing should be "applied", without completely understanding the climate conditions of the inside and outside of an enclosure, and the vapor flow of the assemblies in that…"
Jan 21, 2016
Chris Laumer-Giddens posted a blog post
A Perfect Residential Building EnclosureBuildings 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…
Jan 19, 2016
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