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Ceiling Sheetrock as Air Barrier — Sealing around Cassette-style Mini-Split HVAC

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-29 16:02
Hello,I am considering using the sheet rock on the ceiling as an air barrier for our new house (tied in to exterior walls).  I know they'll be a lot of…
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The Environment Forum at the Mahindra Center

Green Homes - Thu, 2022-09-29 16:00
Location: Thompson Room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St., Cambridge

"The Pentagon, Climate Change, and War: Charting the Rise and Fall of US Military Emissions" with Neta C. Crawford, University of Oxford.... Read more about The Environment Forum at the Mahindra Center

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Code for Lower R-value in Ceiling if Closed-cell Foam is Used

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-29 15:56
Hello All,Building in zone 5 (south west idaho) where the county uses the 2017 Idaho Residential Code; which is based on the 2012 International Res. Code. collecting insulation quotes, one…
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Snow Buildup at Intersecting Roofs

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-29 14:23
I have a problem with snow melt on my home's roof. If there are a snowstorm and snow piles up on my roof along the gable ( see pic ),…
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Low-Slope Roof Retrofit: Vented vs. Unvented

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-29 13:18
  I’m looking to insulate (and lower my heating bills) in my 100 yr old row house in Queens, NY, starting with my uninsulated, unvented cockloft attic space under a flat…
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Explaining the Floods in Pakistan: A Climate Catastrophe and Local Governance Crisis

Green Homes - Thu, 2022-09-29 10:15
Location: WCC 2009, HLS, 1585 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Afreen Siddiqi, HKS Lecturer of Public Policy; Asim Khwaja, Director of HKS Center for International Development; and Rafay Alam, Pakistani Environmental Laqyer and Activist, will discuss the causes and responses to the unprecedented floods in Pakistan.... Read more about Explaining the Floods in Pakistan: A Climate Catastrophe and Local Governance Crisis

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Furring strips installed wrong! Solutions?? Help

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-29 09:15
Hi All, my contractor installed the furring strips horizontally for our vertical siding. Everything I’m seeing is this should have been done vertically and then horizontal over it. I brought…
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Air/Vapor Barrier – Climate Zone 6

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-29 08:07
Hello,I am getting ready to build a home in western Montana (Climate Zone 6).The house is a little unique as it has a main floor featuring an ICF foundation, with…
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HRV in attic options

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-29 07:42
When I bought my house 3 yrs ago the existing air exchanger was in the attic. It was not functional, and the ductwork was a mess. I removed the ductwork…
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Acrylic Sealants Compatible with Zip?

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-29 06:34
I will eventually have to source the proper zip liquid flash sealant for detailing my wall to foundation connection, but until that time I only need to fill nail holes…
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Passing a Blower-Door Test

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-29 02:00
Addressing common areas of air leakage goes a long way toward passing mandatory blower-door tests the first time
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Fujitsu slim duct/mid static

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2022-09-28 18:08
I’m looking to have a whole house heat pump system or systems installed and after 5 quotes and a ton of spec comparisons I’ve decided on a Fujitsu system. The…
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Installing Vinyl Flooring over Layers of Old Flooring

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2022-09-28 15:40
My house was built in 1904, it's a farmhouse on an operating farm. It gets pretty gross around here sometimes, despite my best efforts. With a gaggle of kids and…
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tape that sticks to intumescent paint?

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2022-09-28 11:34
Hi All,I'm installing a poly vapor barrier over the dirt in my crawl space and I just discovered that neither 3M flashing tape nor WST-PRO will stick to the intumescent…
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Insulation Choices and Vapor Barrier/Retarder needs in White Plains, NY?

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2022-09-28 11:11
Hi all,Here is my situation. I really need to insulate my house. It is a 1929 tudor with half the attic open (other half two finished bedrooms though a lot…
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Harvard Forest Seminar

Green Homes - Wed, 2022-09-28 09:00
Location: 324 North Main St., Petersham

Jennifer Bhatnagar will present "How Fungi Shape the Carbon Cycle Under Global Change."... Read more about Harvard Forest Seminar

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Thermal Break for Floor-to-Ceiling Windows

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2022-09-28 02:00
A solution for situations where the floor and ceiling run into the window
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air-sealing and insulating rim joist

Green Homes 2 - Tue, 2022-09-27 16:47
Sorry to ask about this a few times, I'm just confused about what's necessary in order to avoid wood rot. I'm trying to insulate the rim joist in my 100…
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Pimples in Drywall

Green Homes 2 - Tue, 2022-09-27 14:04
Hi everyone, we've run into a drywall situation that we've never encountered before. We built a single family home in Lancaster, PA (Zone 5A) and finished it Spring of 2021. This…
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Climate Justice Design Lecture

Green Homes - Tue, 2022-09-27 14:00
Location: Zoom

Join the Climate Justice Design Fellowship group for a presentation by Lily Song and José Menendez.... Read more about Climate Justice Design Lecture

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