Showing posts with the label Proper Insulation for Home

Home Fire Repair and Remodel

The following photos are images from the job site, highlighting areas that the prior weatherization crews missed -when they were insulating this building.  
The missing insulation in critical areas causes greater energy needs - adding to the carbon footprint of this home.

The Hemp Insulation Solutions to Thermal Bridging

Fire repair, gut rehab- property was one of the most insulated buildings I've worked on in StLouis (that wasn't mine). The prior so called "energy experts" who installed all the insulation, missed insulting the spots most needed. In this home's lower floor is where a garage and storage rooms are located. There are two giant heat traps one of which extends thru the home to the roof area- the chimney & The other heat sink is the metal post and beam system that supports the second floor;floor. Heat and cold transfer thru denser materials faster and more efficiently that a porous substance. All the second floor boards are supported by this heat s…

CAD Drawing-Insulation -St Louis Brick Home-Examples

How insulation Saves Money- How Insulation Works-Typical-St Louis Brick Home used in Examples

Why Insulate Your House?
Heating and cooling account for 50 to 70% of the energy used in the average American home. Inadequate insulation and air leakage are leading causes of energy waste in most homes. Insulation:
saves money and our nation's limited energy resourcesmakes your house more comfortable by helping to maintain a uniform temperature throughout the house, andmakes walls, ceilings, and floors warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. The amount of energy you conserve will depend on several factors: your local climate; the size, shape, and construction of your house; the living habits of your family; the type and efficiency of the heating and cooling systems; and the fuel you use.
Once the energy savings have paid for the installation cost, energy conserved is money saved -saving energy will be even more important as utility rates go up.
This fact sheet will help you to unders…

How to Stop Energy Loss or Gain in a Building

How to Stop Energy Loss or Gain in a Building ~ St Louis Renewable Energy

How to Prevent Heat Loss with 4 Examples-Diagrams-Drawings for your Building ProjectsIn recent conversations with customers and peers about Reducing Energy Loss in Buildings / Structures and how heat and cold are transferred into a Building via Conduction. I explained and made reference to using a Metal Cooking Utensil to stir a pot of chilli.If the utensil is left in the pot of chilli for any length of time. The heat will eventually transfer heat up the utensil handle and will usually burn your hand or fingers. Heat and Cold enter a Building in the same way; unless, there is some form of Insulation or Thermal Break to prevent the conduction of energy.Cooking utensil manufactures solve this issue by adding handles made of Wood, Plastic, etc. The Building and Remodeling Industry combats this energy loss/gain in various ways. Here a few examples, diagrams, and drawings that show how this loss or gain is minimized…

Old Man Winter Loose in the USA

It's that time of year when Old Man Winter is knocking at our doors in the USA. Reduce your Energy Imprint, Carbon Foot Print, UN-Needed and Wasteful Energy Consumption by Winterizing your Home and Business.

The Money You Spend on Weatherization will come back to you in real time savings on your Heating Bills

Step 1: Check for Wind and Drafts in your Buildings Structure:

a) I check for air drafts entering your Buildings Interior by: Looking for air gaps by sight, feel or you can use a candle, Smudge Sticks, Incense Sticks (be care full of any open flame in your home/business; especially when testing by windows with Curtains).
b) Places to check: Windows, Doors, Visually Inspect Exterior of your Structure for signs of disrepair, Base Boards and Electrical Outlets around the exterior walls of your home, Electrical Outlets

Step 2: Stop the Cold Air from entering your Structure: Seal all Cracks, Air Gaps, Add Vapor Barriers and or Insulation Where Needed

a) Seal Cracks around …

How to Save Money on Your Winter Heating Bills

Did the first Snow of the Year catch you unprepared for winter?Is there enough insulation in your attic, walls, or floor?Do you feel cold air drafts around your windows and doors?Are your Heating bills higher this year than past years?Have you chosen to become an active participant to Reduce the Earth's Climate Change?If you answered YES to any of the above questions its not too late to make your Building more Energy Efficient
Insulation Levels [R-Value] For the St Louis Region (suggestions by the US Dept of Energy) Attic Insulation Level Should be a Minimum Level R-49Wall Insulation Level Minimum Level R-13Flooring Insulation Minimum Level R-30Basement Interior Wall Minimum Level R-11Stop Cold Air Drafts in the Exterior Walls of Your Building by
Installing Weather Stripping around your Doors and WindowsSeal all Exterior Wall Electrical Boxes with Electrical Box SealerSeal Exterior Obtrusion's in Exterior Walls with Caulk or Spray…