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Jerry Young
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Blogger on sustainability and green building: "Do-it-yourself Green Building with Jerry Young" at "diygreenbuildingwithjerry.blogspot.com" (Mid-summer 2014 launch) based upon his 10-year journey to a owner-built zero energy home.
Blogger on sustainability and green building: "Do-it-yourself Green Building with Jerry Young" at "diygreenbuildingwithjerry.blogspot.com" (Mid-summer 2014 launch) based upon his 10-year journey to a owner-built zero energy home.

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Construction - First Rake Walls; First and Only Conventional (Non-Cathedral) Roof
This post discusses three diverse topics.  First, it describes built-in-place wall trusses for the rake walls (as opposed to the pre-made trusses used for the eight foot walls).  Second, it explains how our low pitched roofs evolved.  And, third, it shares ...

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Design - Vapor Barriers and Air Barriers (Cont'd)
The previous post tried to make sense of vapor barriers .  This post tries to do the same for air barriers.   However, air barriers are hard to address without further discussion of vapor barriers since the two are so intertwined.  My primary source of info...

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Construction - First Cathedral Ceiling
The first cathedral ceiling presented an opportunity to apply the concepts detailed in the two posts  on vapor and air barriers.  A nd it is interesting how much  the final design of the ceilings deviates so much from the original design that I so naively a...

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Design - Vapor Barriers and air barriers
There are myriad materials marketed for controlling the flow of moisture and air through wall and ceiling assemblies.  However, it d oesn't take much research to become confused about which to use where.  For example,  the nearby map shows that,  for our lo...

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Design - Maximizing Passive Solar Gain (Cont'd yet some more) - Supplemental Heat, Thermal Environment and Exterior Colors
This is the fourth and last post on passive solar design.  The  first post  was an overview and ended with a list of design considerations.  The  second post   discussed three of the considerations:  the location of the building, the room arrangement within...

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Design - Maximizing Passive Solar Gain - An Overview
A recent re-read of Mazria's book,  The Passive Solar Energy Book , made me think  that  it might be time to pause and revisit the subject of passive  solar energy for  space conditioning.  Our house is designed around harvesting p assive solar energy  year...

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Design - Maximizing Solar Gain (Cont'd) - Building Shape, Location and Orientation, Room Arrangement and Protected Entry
A   previous post   presented an overview for using solar gain to condition living space. It ended with a list of design considerations for passive solar.  This post focuses on three items at the top of the list -- the location of the building, the room arr...

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Construction - Short Truss Wall (Cont'd)
The  first post on the short truss wall  zeroed in on the unusual handling of the mudsill. This post is about building the rest of the wall then raising it onto the mudsill for alignment and nailing.  (Note: click on any photo to enlarge it for more detail....

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Construction - Short Truss Wall
Since the concrete earth contact north wall is only 12' high instead of a full two stories, the difference must be made up by a short stick-built truss wall.* This post, the first of two on the short wall, focuses on solving the problem of the concrete wall...

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Design - Indoor Air Quality
According to one of the contributors to Christina Fisanick's book, "Eco-Architecture (Opposing Views on the Merits of Green Building)",
the EPA says that outdoor air is 2 - 5 times healthier than the average indoor
air.  Any house like ours that will be sea...
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