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Synergy of demand water heaters with solar and radiant floor heating

Infiltrating a rain garden

Achieving the 7.5 CFM Per Occupant Balanced Venting Standard

Pole Barn Outbuildings

Offset Plumbing

Soapstone Fireplace


Synergy of demand water heaters with solar and radiant floor heating

We've been using tankless propane water heaters for years now and they have improved the designs to the point that it's all we install these days but there are a few misconceptions about them and some limitations as well as some opportunities that need to be considered.
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Infiltrating a rain garden

One inexpensive and delightful way to add interest to your landscape while helping the environment and scoring green building points is to add a rain garden to your landscape plans. This is an on-site storm water retention system that collects and stores the water from your roof and other impervious surfaces and uses it to create an artificial wetland. This is not a pond, and if properly established and maintained it will not breed mosquitoes but will look like a little wetland area in your yard with tall marsh grasses and sedges, perhaps some cat-tails and other water tolerant plantings. It will attract wildlife and provide visual relief in dry times as well as the rest of the year.
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Achieving the 7.5 CFM Per Occupant Balanced Venting Standard

We've been building high performance homes since 1977. We used to call them solar homes and back in the old days we didn't give any consideration to indoor air quality or excessive humidity in our homes. We joined the energy star program a few years back and started realizing just how air tight our homes really are. Eventually we started measuring our homes using the NAHB’s Model Green Home Guidelines and realized we needed to provide 7.5 cubic feet per minute of filtered fresh outdoor air per occupant to keep our homes from being too air tight. At first glance that seemed arbitrary and incomprehensible but the trick, as with most of these things, is just to drag out the calculator and do the numbers.
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Pole Barn Outbuildings

Pole Barn structures solve a number of building problems in a resource- and cost-effective as well as aesthetically pleasing way. One of the pitfalls of designing smaller, more energy efficient and space efficient homes is that there is less space for "stuff." Our solution has been to build economical, un-heated or occasionally conditioned pole barn outbuildings. These structures are intended to extend the size of the living space without increasing the amount of space that is heated and cooled 360 days a year.
Pole Barn Designs | Pole Barn Construction Details

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Offset Plumbing

Many of the homes we build are "accessible" homes designed for retiring couples who want to think ahead to enhance visitability for physically handicapped friends. We have found that above counter sinks and the Porcher Semi-Encastre sink that protrudes from the front of the countertop give the best potential to have a kneehole under the sink.
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Soapstone Fireplace

Our house is small at 1607 sf and we had a fairly large footprint scheduled for a dry stack stone fireplace with a gas range pushed up against the back of the firebox. However our NC building code was going to require a major fire-break between the masonry firebox and the gas range which threatened to push the range too far out into our already small kitchen. The solution we came up with was to use an energy efficient wood stove in a zero-clearance fireplace configuration manufactured by RMG Opel from Quebec ($4,300 installed). This opened us to a new way of looking at the footprint of the fireplace. We were able to hollow out the ends to incorporate an 18” base cabinet on each side for pantry storage with copper countertops with a computer center on one side with a bookshelf over it for family organization and a CD and Tape storage area on the other side. So we added 36" of cabinet space to our kitchen and pulled the range to 1 1/2" from the back of the zero clearance fireplace.
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