Author Archives: Tom

Infiltration

Infiltration or air leakage can have a significant impact on the required heat load for a house and in some cases can have a bigger impact than insulation values. This shows up in both energy modeling and in actual retrofit … Continue reading

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Envelope Design Concept

We’re back! A lot has been going on but we are committed to writing on a more regular basis. We’ve actually started foundation work but I’d like to describe our envelope design concept and then follow up with the actual … Continue reading

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Drilling for water

In early February I visited the site with Robin Caster from Caster Well Drilling out of Fulton, NY to get an idea of where we might be able to drill for water. It was my first time seeing¬†someone dousing for … Continue reading

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Understanding Net Zero

When I retired from Xerox in July 2013 we knew that we wanted to build an energy efficient house but we really didn’t know what that meant.¬†I’ve always been interested in energy efficiency and solar energy so those were areas … Continue reading

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