Gab Learns Insulation, Energy Leakage and Drafts

  Lesson Two: Insulation, Energy Leakage and Drafts Where do you start with insulation? Insulation is like putting a blanket on yourself, it helps keep you warm and best practice

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Healthy Home Guide

What is a Healthy Home? We already know what acceptable, healthy indoor conditions are. Decades of research has shown a defined range of indoor conditions reduce the risk of adverse

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Fire Compliance of Cladding Systems

After researching the fire compliance of cladding in New Zealand since 2017, some may say advice from Oculus is conservative, but they prefer to think of it as design for

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Gab Learns Heating

                        Lesson One: Heating I thought I knew a thing, or two, about heating. Well the basics, at least.

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Both standards cover the evaluation of modern, indoor, thermal environments including residential and industrial. They both provide definitions, requirements, and parameters that need to be met within a certain range

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Don’t use materials that burn. I considered ending the article right there. It’s not that hard. Does it burn? Yes? Then you can’t use it. “What about…” “Does it burn?”

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Building with Science #011: Reclaimed Incandescent Heat

I’m republishing this article from a couple of years ago as BWS #11/28 because I still think it’s clever and no one has argued with me about it yet. Come

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I’m stealing and building on a metaphor from Karl Jones at a seminar in 2019. You can tell I’m ready to get out of COVID19 lockdown and back to the

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Building with Science #009: Passive Solar Design Explained (The Potatoe Analogy)

Heat gains and losses is complex discussion. You literally need complex software and skills to even begin to predict the energy use of a building and if then you’re probably

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Building with Science #008: Testing of Building Facades

You should test the weather tightness of a curtain wall, windows, and designs under cyclonic winds, rain, and earthquakes but you shouldn’t think that is a guarantee of performance in-situ:

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