I taped my presentation to the local AIA chapter here in Austin and thought you might enjoy seeing my presentation. Enjoy my geeky friends!Read More »
This is the second year that I’ve been privileged enough to attend the invite-only Building Science summer camp hosted by Building Science Corporation in Westford MA. I’ve been a student of Building Science now for about 13 years and Joe Lstiburek’s (founder of BSC) teaching has been a huge influence in my understanding of how buildings perform. This 3 day event is held in a giant ball room of a hotel, and I would guess that 500 of the brightest minds in the science of construction attend. Builders, Researchers, Professors, Building Products Manufacturers, and all different sorts of Construction related people all in the same room hearing the same presentations. I took a ton of notes this year, and there were several fantastic presentations. However, I’m only going to give you a taste of my favorite presentation. If you’d like to download the presentations from the Westford Symposium on Building Science they are all available here.
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Plumbing is a huge topic and isn’t easy to cover in one blog post but here’s a few rookie mistakes that I’m seeing in the field.
Mistake #1 – Cheap Plumbing Materials & Fixtures
The materials your plumber uses can make a big difference in the final quality of your homes. Rookie builders don’t pay much attention to the finer details of what the plumber is installing.
For instance: I use all 1/4 Turn Ball Stop Brass Shut off valves for my houses (I like the KT Series from BrassCraft). These will last for decades and be leak free in 30+ years when you need to turn them off! They run about $11-15 each.
If you are taking the lowest bid on your plumbing (and you’re not specifying) you’re going to get these cheapie shut off valves that run about $3-5 each. In my remodel experiences, I’ve seen these fail in under 15 years of service quite often. Continue ReadingRead More »