Nate Adams commented on tedkidd's blog post The Home Comfort Book
"If you lead with a payback like that, heck no. If you carefully find objectives and pain, develop a realistic budget, and provide cohesive plans to solve those pains within the budget, payback usually doesn't matter. That's the point. =)

Besides,…"
Jan 4, 2018
Nate Adams replied to Shawna Henderson's discussion Exterior Insulation for Deep Energy Retrofits
"Hiram College TREE House
http://energysmartohio.com/case_studies/1900-two-story-hiram-colleg...
15,700 kWh actual usage, 2000 sf, 36,400 BTU/hr load calc, 962 cfm50 final blower door. Runs lots of resistance for basement floor heat. 6670 kWh heat…"
Dec 8, 2017
Nate Adams replied to Shawna Henderson's discussion Exterior Insulation for Deep Energy Retrofits
"I have a bunch of questions:

1. Do you have modeled vs. actual use on many projects?
2. How do you sell these projects? How many buy them?
3. Are contractors good enough to do these at a high enough quality to avoid issues like air flowing behind…"
Dec 7, 2017
Nate Adams replied to Shawna Henderson's discussion Exterior Insulation for Deep Energy Retrofits
"Aha, I didn't realize this was for your province primarily. Fuel rates do move things around a lot. I'd love to see a few energy models from up there!

PS Don't worry, I'll keep making blanket statements... =P If nothing else to keep your blood…"
Dec 7, 2017
Nate Adams replied to Shawna Henderson's discussion Exterior Insulation for Deep Energy Retrofits
"Oh, a question to ask from a climate change standpoint is would you rather budget money be put into exo-insulation/deeper retrofit or into electrifying the HVAC. Electrification drops site usage by 40-60% in our experience. If renewable generation…"
Dec 7, 2017
Nate Adams replied to Shawna Henderson's discussion Exterior Insulation for Deep Energy Retrofits
"One data point is all I've got! =) But mixed with another project that's much less deep using much less energy, and things get more interesting.

If siding is being replaced, I think there's an argument to be made. It's good to dig into these…"
Dec 7, 2017
Nate Adams replied to Shawna Henderson's discussion Exterior Insulation for Deep Energy Retrofits
"Hey Shawna,

We've done one exterior insulation DER. The energy results are frankly disappointing, it's using over 1/3 more per square foot than a much shallower retrofit we did. Here are the case studies:

http://bit.ly/TREEHouseCaseStudy…"
Dec 4, 2017
Nate Adams replied to Nate Adams's discussion Filter Fans: What works, what doesn't for window box fan + furnace filter in Low-cost residential particle monitoring
"Awesome feedback! I learned a lot from your commentary. 4" MERV 12s are on the way, found them for $10 each on Amazon. "
Nov 10, 2017
Nate Adams commented on Building Performance Journal's blog post If You Sell Electricity, You Should Be Worried
"I disagree wholeheartedly. If we are going to decarbonize as a nation, cars and houses need to go electric, which will approximately triple residential electricity use. Similar things are likely to happen in the transportation, industrial, and…"
Nov 4, 2017
Nate Adams posted a discussion in Low-cost residential particle monitoring
Filter FansA furnace filter duct taped to a box fan makes a remarkably good and inexpensive particulate filter. Linda Wigington has been advocating for them and using them in ROCIS cohorts. This thread is meant to discuss what works and what…
Nov 4, 2017
Nate Adams replied to Christopher Guignon's discussion Before and After: Filter Upgrade and Continuous Filtration in Low-cost residential particle monitoring
"High end Carrier equipment does its own static pressure testing. If any participants have it, they could watch and record what's going on. I can see a dirty filter at one client home that has an energy monitor, the consumption goes up 5-10 watts on…"
Jun 14, 2017
Nate Adams replied to Christopher Guignon's discussion Before and After: Filter Upgrade and Continuous Filtration in Low-cost residential particle monitoring
"Thanks for posting! We find good results with continuous filtration too."
Jun 14, 2017
Nate Adams left a comment on Low-cost residential particle monitoring
"Thanks, Rob! I signed up."
Jun 13, 2017
Nate Adams replied to Don Fugler's discussion Dust resuspension in Low-cost residential particle monitoring
"Cool! I liked this episode of IAQ Radio, it made me think differently about mattresses. We spend 1/4-1/3 of our life on one, it bears more thought than we give it: http://www.iaqradio.com/richard-corsi-phd-and-brandon-boor-bringing..."
Mar 7, 2017
Nate Adams replied to Horace Douglas Hunt, Jr.'s discussion Hero Pace Program?
"I'm with Ted. We need to be very careful with the consumer perception of Home Performance. There is mounting evidence that PACE is not great for consumers. If we promote it heavily, we own the consequences. Like Indiana Jones said, "I have a bad…"
Feb 9, 2017
Nate Adams replied to Don Fugler's discussion Portable Air Cleaner testing 2017 in Low-cost residential particle monitoring
"While having an idea of how well portable air cleaners work is good, is that what we want to recommend? Or would we rather help consumers find a path to make their homes better, with this as a first step to see if it works?"
Jan 25, 2017
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