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Patterns of Home: Refuge and Outlook (Pattern 8)

Living in a house w/ a loft is making me think about this “Design Pattern”…
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Solar Pioneer: Dr. Harry Thomason

LINKS:

His “Solaris #1″ house is listed at wikipedia as one of the most important solar homes.

Long Interview

A list of his solar patents at builditsolar.com

Nice article from Solar Today 2003 about the Thomason trickle-collector building at the US/Canada border in Richford, VT

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Cold Climate Heat Pumps

Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, and Daikin have been making cold-climate mini-split air-source heat pumps for years… check them out! Imagine cutting your electric heating bill in 3 or 4! The Fujitsu 9RLQ is the most efficient that I am aware of (if you have a superinsulated home w/ low heat needs and it’s big enough)

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The Long Tail… Chillout Techno style…

So, this same exercise would work when listening to music on ANY radio station, but here’s what happens when I hear an especially cool track on SOMA.FM “Groove Salad” on my PC…

I type in something like this into google toolbar: site:amazon.com mp3 [artist] [title] and voila, I am suddenly at the page where I can buy the song for $0.99. Often the album is a few or many years old, not even in print any more, and (besides MP3) only available by 3rd party sellers for a LOT of money. So that artists/labels can sell old stuff via MP3 is pretty interesting.

I think there might be something similar right on their playlist page. And one could add a custom bookmarklet or add a custom “search engine” to the search engine toolbar in Firefox.

Anyway…

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Prius Traction Control System (TSC) in snow…

The Prius TRAC system apparently cannot be turned off completely as can be with our Saab 9-5′s system.
In some conditions, the car stops completely! This has never happened to me while driving our Saab, but sometimes I need to turn it off for a moment to get unstuck on a slippery/snowy driveway.
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A passive house / passivhaus in the USA

It’s in Illinois…
http://greenlineblog.com/smith-house-a-passive-house-in-illinois/

roof: 16 inch TJI * R-3.6 = R-57.6 exactly. And I think people often say it’s R-3.7 or R-3.8
wall: 12 inch TJI plus 2″ EPS rigid foam (R-12.5?) = approximately R-56 too.
slab: 14″ of EPS = 14 * 5 = R-70 roughly…

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passivhaus in R-values we can understand in the USA

In the US we still use usually use miles, pounds, gallons and R-values instead of metric. Passivhaus standards are in metric and often say something like “low U-values, typically in the 0.10 to 0.15 W/(m².K) range”. OK, we know U = 1/R. And then we just need to convert from metric.

So… 1 K·m²/W ≈ 5.67446 ft²·°F·h/Btu.

So first 0.10 U is 10 R (in metric). Then convert to USA R-value is 10 * 5.67446 = 56.7.

So there you have it. Passivhaus should have R-56.7 on all 6-sides ideally.

This is a little diffferent than the recommended R-40 wall, R-60 roof, R-15 underslab that “Superinsulation”
experts like to have.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_house

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R-value_(insulation)

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Superinsulation Passivhaus Windows from Europe

Here’s how it’s done in Germany…
Windows from Germany

Oh, and insulated wood doors. Nice.

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R40 house stayed at 60F during ice storm outages!

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Can Cities Save the Planet?

Ummm…. yes…
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