Category Archives: LEED Project

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Amory Lovins’ House Systems

The Lovins house tour was most interesting because of the various house systems; heating, water, electricity, etc. I’m sure there was more going on than what met the eye but what met the eye was pretty exciting. First, there is … Continue reading

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New List for 2015

Now that the holidays are over, it is time to re-check the fall list. I thought the kitchen beam was on it, but this is what I published in October. Remaining Fall Tasks (finished items marked out) Finish insulating wiring … Continue reading

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Inspections to Complete in 2015

So far we have had two building permits and five or six visits from the Arvada inspectors. The first building permit was for demolition and the under-slab plumbing. We passed after two or three visits from a very nice inspector … Continue reading

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LEED Checklist

Recounting where we are and where we need to be certainly requires a look at the LEED checklist. We are planning for most of the same points as in our preliminary rating and Platinum certification. Although some of the points … Continue reading

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AE Building Systems

I was fortunate to be referred to Mark Attard at AE when I contacted Alpen for a quote. He is very involved in the Passive House interest group in Colorado and AE Building Systems carries a full line of products … Continue reading

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Alpen 525-S Windows

Alpen HPP makes “cadillac” windows in my opinion. The specifications are far beyond Milgard as I’ve pointed out, and they have a lot of information available about their windows on their website that shows the quest for very high energy … Continue reading

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Window and Door Performance

The best performance is expensive, but is it more expensive than it is worth? I hope not! Here are the tested performance values for the 525-S Alpen window and doors that I chose. All the 525-S window panels are glazed … Continue reading

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Unrealistic Expectations for HERS Score?

One of the first steps in aspiring to a LEED certification is to project the number of points that could be accomplished during the building so that choices can be made to provide the best energy efficiency possible. During the … Continue reading

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Rocky Mountain Green 2015

April 2, 2015. I really can’t help loving this conference. Even though it is really aimed at planners, architects, and commercial buildings, it is exciting to hear the youthful, intelligent, talented people involved in the energy efficient building movement. The … Continue reading

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I meet Peter Ellis!

This is a bit embarrassing because I was kind of a groupie fan when I met this man at Rocky Mountain Green. When I found out he was registered for the conference I was hoping I would meet him. Then … Continue reading

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iConf

I thought this was a cool way of “checking in” attendees to the conference sessions. Continuing education is important in all fields these days and in order to get the credit for being at the sessions, the attendees were checked … Continue reading

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Tarnished Energy Gems

It appears that SERI had a good deal of influence in the 80’s in the Denver area. I say this because I purchased a solar hot water system from a couple in Centennial who bought a foreclosure that has a … Continue reading

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Compare Energy Star 2008 to Energy Star 2016

So I know you are wondering, how efficient is an eight year old Energy Star appliance– especially compared to today’s standards? I wondered myself. Energy Star minimums have decreased over time. I happened to have downloaded the clothes washer excel … Continue reading

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Concrete Bricks as Thermal Mass

While painting the kitchen block wall I started wondering what kind of block is our inner south wall made of anyway? At one point I heard this type of block called “slag block” and in Arizona where there are many … Continue reading

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Ultra High Efficiency Toilet

Our next inspection will be the plumbing rough in so I’m working on the master bathroom. I had purchased all the faucets and fixtures except for the toilet. When I was at the Sustainability Fair in Fort Collins, I heard … Continue reading

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A Door in the Wall

Wall number one now has two sides–meant for each side of the inside entry door. The next step is a door in the wall. We plan to have an airlock entry. This is an old idea, to block off direct … Continue reading

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Stud Wall Plans

I updated the stud wall plans to reflect a few of the changes from the original drawings. I’m using Sweet Home 3D which I downloaded for free several years ago. When I tried to open it I got an error … Continue reading

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LEED Rough Inspection

I have been emailing my new project person from Energy Logic for over a year and he has been very helpful, but now I needed to have the rough insulation inspection before we covered more of our Roxul rock wool … Continue reading

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LEED Paperwork!

After the rough inspection, Adam the evaluation representative from Energy Logic sent me an official list of documentation that is required for each LEED point category. I have kept lots of paperwork for the project but had not organized it … Continue reading

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Updated Operation and Training Manual

Lots of time goes into the documentation for a LEED certification attempt. I have actually enjoyed the work because it is so centered in research and bringing together expert advice in many different areas of building science. The Operation and … Continue reading

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