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Last year we opened our house while still under construction. This year we’re showcasing the finished house and data that we’ve been collecting along the way.
A listing of local New York houses in the greater Albany region are listed on Our Energy Independent Community site.
Put it in your calendar. Come see us and some of the best green houses in upstate New York.
Almost forgot, we got our official Energy Star Certificate in the mail a few days ago. It was included with a packet of information to explain the EnergyStar program to the homeowner. It also included a release form that if signed and returned would allow NYSERDA (the authority that administers the EnergyStar program in New York) to access our electricity usage directly from the utility for 2 years. Creepy.
Yes it snowed, twice, in October. But we were lucky, only about 3 or 4 inches both times. The roads were clear and we didn’t lose power. Many were not so lucky and are still without power.
This weekend we were also treated to a sighting of two foxes frolicking in our freshly hay mulched yard. They pounced and dined on a few mice in the process. It was a nice distraction from all the work going on inside the house.
We announced back in June that we would be participating in the Green Building Open House sponsored by the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA). It’s being held in conjunction with the National Solar Tour this year. This Saturday, October 1st is the big day. We’re opening our doors to the public from 10am to 4pm.
Note to visitors, we’re still under construction. That means you’ll get to see all the duct work, pipes, cellulose insulation, foam, window details and all. It also means be aware of your surroundings at all times. We’re working like mad to make the place presentable but some spaces will be off limits.
And please be careful on the driveway, keep it in 1st gear.
Hope to see you here!
We had the plumbing venting roughed in a few weeks ago. Last week our plumber completed the wet pipes, hot and cold. We’re using Pex and a home run layout. Thought it looked very patriotic for a July 4th post.
I’ve noticed that we’ve somehow avoided talking about two of our most important and time-consuming chores: Moving stuff & construction clean-up.
Supplies, tools, and mountains of siding are being stored in the house. This stuff periodically needs to get shifted around from east side to west side and from 1st floor to 2nd floor to basement to access various areas of the house. Hopefully this will take up less time as materials are used up and the siding is installed.
We also spend a few hours each evening sweeping up of an endless supply of sawdust, dirt, scraps, and ladybugs*. Not only does it make the house safer and more enjoyable to work in, but we’d rather have the professionals we’ve hired to help us concentrate their efforts on the tasks at hand (electric, plumbing, insulation, drywall) instead of spending their time (and our money) doing grunt work. We love the Shop-Vac we bought a few weeks ago. It’s by far the best way to clean out between the double wall framing. Why did we wait so long!
We’ve also taken on sorting trash and making dump runs. Our transfer station only charges for landfill garbage, so we save money and help the environment by recycling as much as possible. We’re still on our first box (30-count) of 42-gallon recycled, oxodegradable contractor bags, using only 2-3/month, so we’ve been pretty good about keeping waste to a minimum.
* A swarm of ladybugs moved in before we closed in the house last fall, hiding in the framing and under stacks of wood. Every warm day some wake up from hibernating and crawl/fly about before dying. Once the house is air sealed, they won’t be able to get back in, but does anyone have any ideas on how to get them to move out?
Having a few rain free days in a row can really make a difference. This week our excavator dug the trench to the well. He had to pound through a few areas of ledge. The well guys then installed the water pipe and electric line to power the pump. They will install the pump and tank a little later when we’re farther along with the electric and plumbing.
This weekend we’re finishing up some of the window insulation details and framing out the bathroom wall for the pocket door.