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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Cannabis & Energy Recovery & Ventilation

by Cody Farmer

With Earth Day just around the corner and spring-time allergies inching in, it reminds us of the newly acknowledged 420 holiday. So we thought we’d talk about retrofitting a fresh air system and why our options are the best for the Colorado Climate. For the second time in a row, cannabis sales outpaced alcohol sales in Colorado but it's illegal to consume outside. With the newly acknowledged holiday 420 right around the corner, I'm afraid there will be some smelly buildings!

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420 Tip of the Day: How to Eliminate Home Odors

by Cody Farmer

It’s quickly becoming that time of year again. Spring is inching in, people are planting seeds, kids are getting super excited to be outside, spring skiing, Lent, soccer, Easter, baseball, EARTH DAY and the newest Holiday of All: 420.

Yup... I’m going there today folks! We can’t avoid it any longer because we are clean air people!

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Why Bathroom Fans are a Bad Idea

by Cody Farmer

We are always ranting about how our ERVs clean up the interior air all the while saving up to 90% of the energy. In our application of the Passive House principles, we replace the bathroom fan with a recovery exhaust duct. We’ve not really discussed how this works, where the bathroom fan does not. It is our opinion that the bathroom fan removes one pollutant while bringing in another.

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