Mechanicals, Construction Bills, and Lumber Prices

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On this show, Jim and Chris talk about mechanicals for the first part of the show.  What are the mechanicals in your house and what kind of maintenance is required to make sure they are doing their job with the best effect and highest efficiency.  After the break we speak about the bills relating to the construction industry including workforce …

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More About Roofs and Why Icicles are Bad

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This week Chris and Jim return to roofs because this late winter we see lots of icicles! We discuss why icicles form and their cousin the ice dam. What it means for the wasted heat and the durability of your house. We also discuss when to replace a roof (shingles or metal) and what you need to keep in mind before …

Membranes for Air Sealing, Moisture Control, and More

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This week Jim and Chris discuss membranes.  What do we want membranes to do? Air sealing, moisture control, and more. What is a perm and how do I know I’m building a safe assembly (wall, roof, slab, etc.).  What is a “vapor sandwich”, why we don’t want one and how to avoid this common, building science mistake. And calls from you, …

Regulatory Rules and Issues for Residential Contractors in Vermont

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This week Chris and Jim take a look at the regulatory environment in Vermont regarding Contractors. We are speaking specifically about Residential Contractors. Commercial Contractors already have lots of regulations protecting consumers/owners from nefarious builders. Not so for Residential Builders. The Vermont is called “The Wild West of Builders” by our eastern cousins in New Hampshire. We look at the …

Passive Houses Part 2: Elements and Benefits

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This week Chris and Jim finish their discussions on Passive House and super insulated houses.  We cover topics such as the Passive elements and move into the active elements (like ventilation, heating, etc.) as well as cost benefit and other benefits of Passive house. We look at a few other building standards as well as answering listener phone calls. More Posts …

Passive Houses: What Are They and How Do They Work?

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Today Jim and Chris discuss the benefits of super insulated houses known as the Passive House.  These houses, when built correctly, use almost no energy to heat and cool. A 1200 square foot house in Charlotte was using an average of $20/month to heat (averaged over the entire year)!  How do we attain these efficiencies?  Are these houses safe to …

Insulation Part 2

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Jim and Chris just didn’t have the time to get through all of the points about insulation last week so we are returning to the land of Insulation!  They finish fluffy or batt insulation and go on to discuss the pros and cons of various rigid insulation boards.  Where we should and shouldn’t use them. What to look out for …

Insulation: More Than Just Keeping Your House Warm

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Jim and Chris talk about insulation. What kinds are there? What is the difference between fluffy and rigid?  Is spray foam fluffy or rigid?  Which insulation should be used in what applications and more!  Lots of calls this week from you, our viewers. More Posts for Show: House Calls Vermont

Taking a Closer Look at Windows

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This week on House Calls Vermont Chris and Jim dive into the second part of Windows. Who knew there was so much to talk about regarding windows! Well there is! Frame, glazing, coatings, wall to frame connection, and much more as well as answering your call in questions. A Happy New Year episode! More Posts for Show: House Calls Vermont

Efficiency Vermont’s Healthy Homes Program

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This week on House Calls Vermont Chris and Jim go deeper into the Healthy Homes program of Efficiency Vermont. We covered much of the Healthy Homes program during the Indoor Air Quality episodes, but there is more to the Healthy Homes program than just good indoor air quality. Lead paint, aging in place, accessibility, and more. Listen to this episode to …

Understanding Windows Is Key to Home Efficiency

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This episode we talk about Windows. Windows are the openings in our walls that we use for light and ventilation.  What are the parts of a window?  Frame, glazing, etc.  What are the issues we find with windows?  Replacement windows vs replace with new construction window.  A visit from Steve Spatz of Efficiency Vermont and responding to your calls. More …

Monitoring Indoor Air Quality and More About Contaminants

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The topic of Indoor Air Quality was so big we needed two shows to cover it.  On today’s show we talk about the rest of the contaminants on our list finishing what we started last week on Radon and then running through the rest. We introduce the idea of monitoring our Indoor Air Quality and we chat with Steve Spatz …

Improving Indoor Air Quality

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This Saturday Chris and Jim discuss Indoor Air Quality. With the heating season upon us we are spending much more time inside. Do you notice a change in your health at this time if year? It could be the indoor air quality.  Hear about what might be causing these changes and how to figure out what might be the culprit. …

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Efficiencies in Conditioned Spaces

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Jim and Chris talk about the final bit of the ABC’s of Air Sealing the C is for Conditioned Spaces. It is where we live. Between the attic above and the basement below.  What are the issues we can have with the conditioned spaces?  Where do we find air leakage?  What is the “first condensing layer” and why does it …

Discussing All Things Basement

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This week we spoke about Basements. What types there are. The issues we have there with durability, comfort, and health and safety issues and how best to approach fixing these. Where do I put the insulation? What is first, dealing with standing water or ventilating? Should a basement or crawlspace be ventilated? Listen to get our take on basements! More …

What You Need to Know About Attics

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Jim and Chris give the basic building science on attics, flats, cathedral ceilings/slopes, knee walls.  What is important to know when considering improving the performance of your attic and how a leaky attic affects how the whole house operates. More Posts for Show: House Calls Vermont

The ABC’s of Air Sealing

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Jim and Chris start show two by going over the A, B, C’s of air sealing.  This is a simple guide to direct the most common places to best put effort into making a house more comfortable and energy efficient. Marcia from Barre called about a window in front of her kitchen sink and Jim and Chris asked questions and …

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Introduction to Weatherization

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Inaugural show!  Halloween Show 2020!  Chris and Jim start their radio journey introducing the topic of Weatherization and answer some calls from listeners about their projects. Niels from Jericho asks about what to consider when doing a phased replacement of wood clapboards on a house out of the 1800’s. Steve Spatz, from Efficiency Vermont stops by to give us some information …