[Greenbuilding] over-insulating

Reuben Deumling 9watts at gmail.com
Thu Jan 28 21:52:52 MST 2016


I agree, Bob.

I was using Frank's term, and compared to what is generally recommended
(for our climate zone) eleven inches would probably be considered
excessive.
Mostly I posted this little summary because it seems like it confirms my
long-standing hunch that you can achieve something along the lines of what
is promised in the Passivhaus fine print without spending a mint or using
crazy gizmos or materials.

I like heating with wood, and think I'll miss it when it becomes merely an
occasional thing, but then there is the weeks and months I don't need to
look for, cut and split and stack and haul and restack and move and move
again, and make fires every day for 5-6 months of every year....

On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 8:45 PM, Bob Waldrop <bwaldrop1952 at att.net> wrote:

> It seems to me that you didn't "over-insulate," instead, you insulated the
> "right amount".  Ever since we defied all the local conventional wisdom and
> put nine inches of insulation into our walls by insulating the existing
> walls and then building new walls five inches inside of the exterior walls
> and insulating those, we've been enjoying lower heating and air
> conditioning bills.  Personally, I think that generally most builders
> underinsulate businesses and condemn their occupants to perpetual indenture
> to utility companies.
>
> Bob Waldrop, Okie City
>
> On 1/28/2016 10:17 PM, Gennaro Brooks-Church - Eco Brooklyn wrote:
>
> Congrats Ruben on your remodel. Sounds great.
>
>>
>> On Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 7:04 PM, Reuben Deumling <9watts at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>>
>>> However...the heating demand for this space is very nearly zero. The
>>> whole house (before this remodel) burned through about 5 cords/winter and
>>> it was never really cozy. So far this winter my mom's burned a little over
>>> one-tenth of a cord.
>>>
>>> Reuben
>>>
>>> * I know I asked a bunch of questions about this project of you folks
>>> along the way. A belated thank you to all.
>>>
>>>
>>>
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>>
>
> --
> Sent from Mobile, excuse the brevity.
> Gennaro Brooks-Church, Director
> Eco Brooklyn
> 347-244-3016
> 22 2nd St, BK NY 11231
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