[Greenbuilding] Heat pump vs radiant

Gennaro Brooks-Church - Eco Brooklyn info at ecobrooklyn.com
Thu Jul 25 12:59:19 MDT 2013


It is being built on a horse farm so we will not be invading any natural
habitats. Just farmed fields.

Gennaro Brooks-Church
Director, Eco Brooklyn Inc.
Cell: 1 347 244 3016 USA
www.EcoBrooklyn.com
22 2nd St; Brooklyn, NY 11231


On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 2:36 PM, Matt Dirksen <dirksengreen at gmail.com>wrote:

> Yeah, I guess the little that I've seen/read about Earthships, my instinct
> tells me that one will have a greater issue with too much RH, regardless of
> how warm or cool it is. IMHO, money is not well spent until proper air
> "comfort" is maintained, I suppose.
>
> (Moreover, I've been dealing with an old hvac system in my 1960's energy
> retrofitted home which is in desperate need of replacement, and all I could
> think of last week was how disgustingly humid I felt, regardless of how hot
> it was. So right now, I'm feeling a little bitter toward too much moisture
> in the air. One can have a nicely retrofitted home, but with a few kids
> going in and out of the house 10x a day during summer break, all the energy
> savings goes right with them. Maybe I should build them a vestibule with a
> small porthole, or something...)
>
>
> On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 1:06 PM, Gennaro Brooks-Church - Eco Brooklyn <
> info at ecobrooklyn.com> wrote:
>
>> This is a typical tire packed earthship. I am looking to implement
>> Passive House methods and see where we end up. I'd like to use as much
>> salvaged materials as well of course.
>> I guess my question is not so related to an Earthship though. It is more
>> one of using solar thermal radiant or Minisplit PV.
>> Matt you raise an excellent point about humidity. For that reason alone
>> it may be worth going with Minisplits.
>> The larger question is what is a better use of money for an East Coast
>> building with land, solar thermal, PV or geothermal....?
>>
>> Gennaro Brooks-Church
>> Director, Eco Brooklyn Inc.
>> Cell: 1 347 244 3016 USA
>> www.EcoBrooklyn.com
>> 22 2nd St; Brooklyn, NY 11231
>>
>>
>> On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 12:14 PM, Alan Abrams <alan at abramsdesignbuild.com
>> > wrote:
>>
>>> GBC--are you talking about a Taos style, a la Michael Reynolds, adobe
>>> packed tire structure Earthship?  or is there some east coast variant...or
>>> is this your own concoction?
>>>
>>> AA
>>>
>>>  On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 10:53 AM, Gennaro Brooks-Church - Eco Brooklyn
>>> <info at ecobrooklyn.com> wrote:
>>>
>>>>  Hello,
>>>> I am building an Earthship for a client in NY and he wants it bigger
>>>> than is ideal for an earthship, thus it will need supplemental heating and
>>>> cooling.
>>>>
>>>> My question is whether I should heat the space with radiant heating or
>>>> with a minisplit. Either system will be fueled by panels (thermal and PV).
>>>> Gennaro Brooks-Church
>>>> Director, Eco Brooklyn Inc.
>>>> Cell: 1 347 244 3016 USA
>>>> www.EcoBrooklyn.com
>>>> 22 2nd St; Brooklyn, NY 11231
>>>>
>>>>
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