What is that Giant Sucking Sound?

What is that Giant Sucking Sound?

We set out on this energy-efficient remodel to prove that it didn’t have to cause a giant sucking sound in your wallet.  To do it right, though, all energy-efficient remodels should conduct a blower door test of air-tightness, we’ve decided, after discovering its diagnostic power this week.  This was a literal giant sucking sound in our house as we neared completion. The blower door test pulls air through the house […]

Mechanical Ventilation & Tight Homes:  A How-to Guide

Mechanical Ventilation & Tight Homes: A How-to Guide

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is a common refrain in American business.  In home construction, this is often invoked to defend the normal way of doing things over innovation.  There is good reason for aversion to change in construction.  The stakes are very high, with the threat of lawsuits a constant for builders, contractors, and manufacturers.  So I always heard industry veterans say that houses are built to […]

Net Zero Nest

Net Zero Nest

Introducing the Net Zero Nest A demonstration green home project in Long Beach, CA In collaboration with the City of Long Beach and Southern California Edison, Nick and Holland Brown are building a unique case study home in Long Beach, CA.  This community project will prove the feasibility and affordability of: Reduced energy consumption through a deep energy retrofit Improved indoor air quality though sophisticated monitoring and whole house filtration […]