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In our mixed humid climate homes should be air tight and vapor permeable. If you achieve a very tight home, it is true that you need to introduce fresh air into your HVAC system. Isn't that better than letter the 'fresh' air come from your attic and crawl space - which is what happens when you 'd...
07/22/2011
Residential geothermal systems are VERY efficient. The problem is that a well insulated home needs very little mechanical heating and cooling. In Virginia, energy prices are really low, so the installation of the geothermal system has a very long ROI. If you use a different set of values than up ...
07/21/2011
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Reading the morning news there are many stories about those people that society holds high. Justin Timberlake doing a benefit event, Denise Richards adopting a baby, Michael Vick getting more money are just a few. So who do you look to for inspiration? Why is there so much attention paid for thos...
07/21/2011
Keep the sustainability dialog going! Meet up with Harrisonburg's eco-conscious, environmentally-concerned community members for drinks and good company once a month! The Harrisonburg event that's all about being green and establishing the networks that make change happen! Harrisonburg Green Drin...
07/20/2011
The concept of design for aging scares people, after all, nobody wants to think about getting older and having mobility problems. The idea of designing for wheelchair access does not interest clients, they will deal with it if it happens to them. It will never happen to them. The concept of desig...
07/20/2011
As we see it yet again, partisan politics is winning out over common sense. When I look around I don't see your political affiliation. When disaster strikes I don't ask who you voted for before lending a hand. When I go to a game I don't decide which team to root for based on the color of their j...
07/19/2011
On a hot day like today, I am reminded about how beneficial a vegetated roof space is for a building and a town. As you can see in the picture below (our Charlottesville office), the roof space has shade, is protected from UV, and is an amenity to the building. The other benefits cannot be seen, ...
07/18/2011
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We spent the weekend at the Hummingbird Inn in Goshen Virginia. This beautiful location is right in the middle of forest, south of Staunton and north of Lexington. We are here with couples from the Tidewater Virginia area and one couple from New Jersey. Like any bed and breakfast, we were thrown ...
07/17/2011
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Do you manage time or does your time manage you? Is the whole concept of managing time a ridiculous notion as the amount of time available is never changing. What if we look at it as do you manage your tasks or do they manage you? Now that sounds more doable. If only the word 'no' came easy when ...
07/16/2011
  Check out Kai's post on the new option to watch Harrisonburg Council meetings live on-line. If you can't make it out to the actual meeting you can still stay involved with the leadership in your community. You can update your friends through social media and you can see archived videos.   I'm e...
07/16/2011
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