Monthly Archives: July 2011

Let there be light – Part I

Humans are emotionally and behaviorally attracted to light.  Think about it.  We work and play in the splendor of the daylight; we sleep in the darkness of the night. Our current house in northern Virginia is nestled amid towering trees.  … Continue reading

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ICF Foundation- Part I

Insulated Concrete Forms are like the lego blocks you played with as a kid - that is, if you’re a kid of a certain generation - to quickly and easily assemble buildings and other objects!  The main difference is that these lego … Continue reading

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Looking through windows – Part III: Looking for other options

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First there were 15 window manufacturers we considered for our Passive House.  Then there were two – Schuco, which on paper was the best European style window, and Pella, the best north American style window. Our architect Chris has further … Continue reading

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No longer too close for comfort

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Great news. We have now solved our dilemma  regarding where the house will sit on the lot.  We have worked out a solution with the City of Saco that allows us to move the house footprint closer to Edgewater Lane … Continue reading

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Looking through windows – Part II: Pella & Schuco

Today’s blog will examine the two candidate windows:  Pella Architectural Series triple-pane, Low-e, Krypton filled windows, and the Schuco Series 182 Climatop Max triple-pane Low-e windows from a number of perspectives.  We found both units are very well engineered.  Both … Continue reading

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Looking through windows Part I: Windows in General

In this first of several blogs on windows, I will talk about general window performance, and the variety of window manufacturers we considered for our new home. Windows are a significant factor in the Passive House Planning Package (PHPP) computer … Continue reading

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A Lament

So how long does it take to design a house? I’m talking about the time it takes to go from a reasonably well defined concept to a complete set of construction ready blueprints — getting the final design finished, getting … Continue reading

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General Contractor Selection: The Envelope Please

This week we selected the General Contractor (GC) to build our house.  Ahem.  The envelop, please.  We are proud to announce that we have selected…{pause for effect}……Hold on.  As they say in the card game of Bridge, let’s first review … Continue reading

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