Category: Green Building

Cladding the house

Now that the exterior blueskin barrier and the roof are on, we can move to the siding (cladding). The first element in this is the yellow Benjamyn Opdyke Rain Slicker, which provides a thin drainage mat between the wall and [...]

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MassSave tour

A few weeks ago we hosted a tour for program administrators and utility representatives from MassSave.  MassSave is a collaborative of Massachusetts' natural gas and electric utilities and energy efficiency service providers, including Berkshire Gas, Blackstone Gas Company, Cape Light [...]

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Hot water

We’ve put a lot of effort into the design of the hot water system.  In the average home, hot water is the third largest energy use (18%), behind heating and cooling (48%) and lighting, appliances, and electronics (30%).  In the Highland project, [...]

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Making fireplaces work in a green home

A few weeks ago our two fireplaces showed up and they’re now installed.  Fireplaces can be a large source of air pollution in a home (particulates, carbon monoxide, and other noxious gases), so the guidelines for tight homes are [...]

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Testing for airtightness

After a lot of diligent work from the framing and carpentry crews, we’ve reached the point where the house is tight enough for a preliminary blower door test. The purpose of this test is to measure how airtight the [...]

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Open Wall Open House: July 28

Green Phoenix Development and Leading Edge Real Estate invite all to an Open Walls Open House of their latest project at 346 Highland Street in Weston, MA on Saturday, July 28 from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Meet the project team and many of the [...]

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Window installation

The windows arrived a few weeks ago.  Now that the blueskin is up on most of the house the team has been busy installing and sealing them into position. Window selection was a challenge for this project.  Many high-performance projects [...]

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Making thermal performance visible

Earlier this year we designed and built a couple of small wall mockups to demonstrate the differences between the highly-insulated wall assembly we’re using on this project and the typical, code-built wall.  Each mockup is a cross-section so you [...]

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GORE-TEX® for the home!

In early May I wrote about our wall mockups.  Our wall assembly cross-section is designed to keep the house comfortable and dry by providing four important barriers: thermal barrier (keep the home comfortable), water barrier (keep rainwater out), air barrier ([...]

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Exterior Insulation – Roof and Walls

While the framers have been busy inside with interior rooms and stairs, we’ve started installing the exterior insulation.  First up was the first of two layers of 2” rigid foam on the roof.  Next are the walls: 2” of rigid polyisocyanurate [...]

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