Our home is swiss cheese too…but with an impenetrable coating

How we sealed the envelope of our house In my earlier blog “Your house is swiss cheese”, I discussed the general idea of air sealing houses for energy efficiency.  Here’s how we did it on our own house: In initial discussions with our green building consultant, Katy Hollbacher of Beyond … Read More

A Slow Summer?

It is now September and I know many of you are wondering what happened to us…A neighbor recently came by and commented that things seem to have been moving very Slowly all Summer as not much change can be Seen from the Street.  Didn’t your mother teach you not to … Read More

182,000(!) pounds of liquid rock

“The rain came, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house yet it did not fall, because it had foundations on the rock.” Matthew 7:25 While we’re not technically building on rock, we will have modern day rock, concrete, in thick liquid form, like a cold … Read More

Your House is Swiss Cheese

No, this blog isn’t about the latest ‘green’ building material, or about Swiss Chalet style architecture.  It’s about one of the newer trends in residential construction: air sealing for energy efficiency. Some years ago building scientists (yes, there is such a discipline) discovered that the greatest source of energy loss … Read More

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