Can a home be beautiful, powered entirely by solar energy, use sustainable heating and cooling systems and save it’s owners roughly $3,500 a year? Why, yes it can. Just ask Joanne Coons, who built her award winning, single-family, Net Zero Energy Home in 2010. Sustainable Woman Joanne talks Net Zero standards, efficient appliances and goods, her […]
Updated from the original printing in SPIE Vol. 1094 Thermosense XI (1989)
Since November of 1985, FOAM-TECH has been utilizing an I.S.I. Model 91 Videotherm Camera to quality control the installation of foamed in-place (injected) polyurethane and polyisocyanurate insulation. Monitoring the injection of foam into the walls and roofs of new construction and during the retrofitting […]
On the Passive House in the Real World (with Mike Duclos) discussion board…
Homeowners looking to incorporate Passive House principles in existing buildings should consider getting a home energy audit. Still, after a home is built, serious energy reductions (say 50% to 90%) become very expensive.
Attic insulation adjustments and window treatments offer more immediate fixes toward energy efficiency.
Electricity is typically our dirtiest fuel, […]
Principles Underpinning Deep Energy Retrofits (DER) of Both Homes and Non-residential Buildings
In this article, Marc Rosenbaum discusses…
Examples of both Home and Non-Residential Building retrofits
Upgrades to energy and mechanical systems in older buildings
Heating cost and air quality differences between DER spaces and non-DER spaces
How you can learn more about Deep Energy Retrofits through HeatSpring
Deep Energy Retrofits […]
Here’s a discussion feed from one of our best-selling courses, Zero Net Energy Homes. In the discussion, one of our students asks Marc Rosenbaum for foam-free ways to retrofit her New England basement.
Here are the alternatives to spray foam discussed below:
Expanded cork board insulation
Rigid rock wool
Mineral wool batt to conform roughly to the rubble wall […]