How to Run a Building Like a Boss

by Cody Farmer

Unlike the government who spends every penny they possibly can on their budget every year in order to increase the budget the very next year; a real boss conserves the budget, stretches the budget, and makes every penny count! This saves the budget because what isn't spent in the budget can surely be invested in growth or put in the bank!  You can control a building’s expenses in a similar fashion. Many of our parents and our grandparents still around today knew how to run their buildings like a boss!

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What we think of the new Q600 Air Purifier

by Cody Farmer

 

 

I just spent 2 days digging into the new ComfoAir Q Heat Recovery Ventilator with Gary Baggett. Gary is a super understanding and patient technical expert at Zehnder America. He is also very thorough and the person you want training your team! He’s been downloading information on the intelligence of the ComfoAir Q for several months now.

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Ceiling Air Barriers and Fiberglass Floaties in your Crib

by Cody Farmer

 The moment they realized why plastic doesn't work as Lid Air Barrier and to use Intello instead PS fireplace box to be under Air Barrier layer as noted in plans 😉

When we design ceiling air barriers, we try to keep it simple. Although we know how to do it right. Sometimes we end up on projects where we have to create special situations. Take for example a decorative fireplace that rises up through the roof, or a box light that drops out of the ceiling or really any electrical, lighting, alarm or anything that goes up above the ceiling of a room.

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LEDs: Bright Idea or Dimmed Failure?

by Cody Farmer

When I was in junior high school, I played some competitive soccer and we had a really cool English coach named Scott.  We called him scooter which he didn't like at first, but he later adored. Well, Scooter told us on the field one day, that when we didn't like what the referee called, we should turn around and blame one of our defensive players named Trey instead. So quite often we'd be on the field in the middle of an intense game and you would hear one us turn around and say Trey you're a *$%! (big meany) which was code for the referee could NOT see that day!!

My point for this is I'm about ready to do a rog. Yes, a ranting blog called the problem with LEDs and instead of calling LEDs by name we're going to call them Ellie Ds instead so that people might not stop buying them altogether.

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Construction Defects in Insulation and Thermal Bridges

by Cody Farmer

I opened my water and electric bills simultaneously…needless to say, I was shocked.

Ok, ok…bad joke but it still made me laugh because of the truth in it. And a large part of the reason why the typical homeowner’s heating and AC bills are so high is because of thermal bridges.  There seems to be a need for third-party inspection since the GC, Subcontractor delivery system still requires a babysitter! Here’s what often happens on a build site: The subcontractors expect the end user to QA their work and then they have to repeatedly come back until it’s finally correct. My question is – why isn’t it being done right from the start so that there are no repeats or fixes that are necessary? Why do some subcontractors and GCs seem to need someone else to check their work and point out failures?

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Construction Products That Don’t Work: Foam, Cardboard or Other Cheap Attic Baffles

by Cody Farmer

Do you have good baffles? Mainstream reviews hundreds of plan sets every year and I rarely ever see an attic baffle drawn or even talked about in detail. Back in 2011 when we were building Passivista we were greeted with this problem face-to-face because we had to determine how to seal in between the raised-heal trusses. It’s been a while now and I can say I've seen a handful of solutions finally come to the marketplace and I think we’ll consider using them in our specifications.  

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Construction Products That Don't Work: Butyl Tape

by Cody Farmer

 In watching the above video (recorded by myself and featuring Master Craftsman, Felipe), you can already see the direction I’m going with this – butyl tape is one of those construction products that needs to die a swift death because it just doesn’t do the job right! I don’t expect you to just take my word as gospel truth, so let’s dive into some facts.

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