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Applied Mechanics & Applied Physics Colloquia

Green Homes - Fri, 2022-09-09 10:00
Location: Pierce Hall 209, 29 Oxford St., Cambridge

"Simultaneous Generation of Clean Water and Electricity Via Desalination Fuel Cells" with Matthew Suss, Cleantech Innovations Lab at Technion.... Read more about Applied Mechanics & Applied Physics Colloquia

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frost protect well water line for structure on piers / no conditioned crawlspace?

Green Homes 2 - Fri, 2022-09-09 06:26
I'm building a small conditioned structure (iecc 5b or 6b) that houses well pressure tanks & bathroom while we build our house over the next few years.  I'd like to…
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Thoughts for Owner-High-Performance Builders

Green Homes 2 - Fri, 2022-09-09 02:00
We live in an age when all the information you need to design and build a great home is at your fingertips. And still, the gaps between knowledge and experience are humbling. 
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Will insulating my basement make the house hotter in the summer?

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-08 23:46
Sorry if this has been asked before, I couldn't find anything specific to my situation on the forums.Our house has no AC, only a heater. The basement is honestly fine…
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Installing house wrap over ForceField panels

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-08 21:12
Hi,Zip system won't fit the budget for this house (Zip panels are over double the normal price in my market for some reason).  So for exterior wall wrap the intent…
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Wall system for custom metal home

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-08 20:55
Hello, all.  I am new to the site but have really appreciated the information provided and the building knowledge that is shared.  We will begin construction on a custom metal home…
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ERV install questions- dryer periscopes, return air grilles, and flex duct

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-08 20:26
I am installing the Renewaire EV200 to run continuous as a dedicated ducted system.  The home has 6 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.  -Any issues with using dryer periscopes for the…
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Automating a Lunos e2 HRV

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-08 15:53
Are there established solutions for automating a Lunos e2 HRV from a "smart home" perspective? The official docs only reference changing modes via a manual method such as either a…
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Cost-Effective Temporary Heated Shed

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-08 14:52
I have to build a heated shed (iecc 5b or 6b) that will be torn down in 3~5 years once we have our house/cabin built.  My question is what construction…
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Roof Shingle Color

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-08 14:44
Does the colour of shingles matter in a climate that is not really hot and when ventilation is adequate?  (I'm re-shingling and want to know of considerations to be aware…
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PT Sill Plate Shrinkage

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-08 13:23
Another rookie framing question:How is the eventual shrinkage of high moisture content PT sill plates typically dealt with?My PT 2x6s are at 35-45% MC, and are ~5 3/4"-5 7/8 wide.…
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Supply-only ventilation option

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-08 12:51
We are building a home in North Texas, climate zone 3A. We are in a rural area and are limited in contractors who will work our area. We have decided on…
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SES-5448. Urban Transformations and Climate Change

Green Homes - Thu, 2022-09-08 11:37
Semester: N/A
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SES-5465. Planning Sustainable Built Environments

Green Homes - Thu, 2022-09-08 11:35
Semester: N/A
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High Performance Membranes and Tapes on a Budget?

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-08 08:12
I wanted to see is anyone had any feedback on membranes and tapes that do not break the bank? The cost of say the Siga membranes is high but justified for…
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Apollo Heat Pump by MBtek

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-08 08:05
Has anyone used MBtek products before, or seen one of their new heat pumps?  It seems they have been in the wood boiler game for a while, and I think…
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Introduction to Whole-House Electricity Monitoring

Green Homes 2 - Thu, 2022-09-08 02:00
A look at the functionalities and applications of a newly installed home energy-usage monitor
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Spray Foam Odor Remediation

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2022-09-07 20:14
We had our attic in the Chicago suburbs done in 2019 to create 2 spaces:1. A finished space with closed cell foam applied directly to the roof deck, finished with…
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Is the climate crisis a hoax? 31,487 scientists petition yes, Including 9,029 PhD’s.

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2022-09-07 19:12
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What’s your favorite sill plate sealant?

Green Homes 2 - Wed, 2022-09-07 18:07
I'm working on a basement re-insulating and air sealing project.  What's the recommended product for air sealing a sill plate? I've seen people recommend spray foam, silicone caulk, and…
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