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Tulikivi Custom Boulder

Tulikivi Custom Boulder

A rugged fireplace for rough country - this one-of-a-kind Tulikivi Boulder Style fireplace provides heat for an Everlog home in Western Montana, while also providing a platform for baking on its back...

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Tulikivi Custom TTU2700

Tulikivi Custom TTU2700

Architect, Rann Haight designed this Tulikivi fireplace to blend with the Arts and Crafts theme in this Utah home. Installed by WarmStone Fireplaces & Designs.

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See Through Tulikivi with Sunburst Hearth

See Through Tulikivi with Sunburst Hearth

This Tulikivi see through fireplace was put just inside a new addition. The Tulikivi became the perfect room divider addng gentle radiant heat to both the new and existing parts of the home. A copper...

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Tulikivi Fireplace in Frank Lloyd Wright home - McCartney House - Kalamazoo MI

Tulikivi Fireplace in Frank Lloyd Wright home - McCartney House - Kalamazoo MI

The customer was familiar with Tulikivi masonry heaters and wanted one for his newly acquired Frank Lloyd Wright home (McCartney House) in Kalamazoo MI. The quality of heat from the fireplace...

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Water Heater thats also an AC!  ATI66 Heat Pump Water Heater Review

Water Heater that's also an AC! ATI66 Heat Pump Water Heater Review

I like Heat Pump Water Heaters, they heat water and they throw off cool & dehumidified air! Seems like the perfect product to have inside our Hot Texas homes. See my full review of the AirGenerate ATI 66 gallon HPWH.

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Masonry woodstove with pizza oven

Masonry woodstove with pizza oven

In our new passive solar home designed by Sunplans, the masonry woodstove is a primary heat source. With just one or two burns a day, it radiates heat efficiently for 24 hours. An added bonus is the...

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Tankless vs Tank vs HPWH - 10 Year Costs Estimates - Large Custom Home

Tankless vs Tank vs HPWH - 10 Year Costs Estimates - Large Custom Home

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Most large custom homes that I've seen are relatively in-efficient in their hot water strategy. Many homes above 5000sf have 2+ 75 gal tank water heaters with a circulation pump. I thought this 7000sf home I'm about to break ground on would be a good case study on what some more efficient water heaters might cost over a 10 year period. This is some geeky stuffy...Enjoy! -Matt Risinger

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Home Energy-Efficiency Upgrades for Beginners

Home Energy-Efficiency Upgrades for Beginners

Advice for homeowners: Inspect your house for these common energy problems to get a better idea on where your money is best spent

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A Shortcut for Air-Sealing Houses

A Shortcut for Air-Sealing Houses

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Researchers who developed a method of sealing leaky air ducts set their sights on a whole-house treatment that should make it easier for builders to make tight houses

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The Lexus HVAC system - Variable Refrigerant Flow Technology

The "Lexus" HVAC system - Variable Refrigerant Flow Technology

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Air Conditioners are sized for the Hottest day of the year. This results in rather uncomfortable AC about 70% of the time, as well as electric bills that are needlessly high. Enter Variable Refrigerant Flow Technology. This allows your AC to run at any capacity from 15% up to 100%. Join me for a system overview

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Southern HVAC Best Practice Videos

Southern HVAC Best Practice Videos

This is my collection of my 9 best HVAC related videos. Most will be relevant no matter your climate but many speak specifically to best practice for the Southern US.

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Ventilation Strategies for Houses in the Hot-Humid South: Good/Better/Best

Ventilation Strategies for Houses in the Hot-Humid South: Good/Better/Best

Build tight, ventilate right. I learned that from building science guru Mark LaLiberte. But what is the right way to ventilate a house in Texas (or anywhere in the hot/humid South)? I'll give you my recommendations for three strategies.

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Indoor-Air Quality and Ventilation for Homes in Hot-Humid Climates

Indoor-Air Quality and Ventilation for Homes in Hot-Humid Climates

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The weather in the Southern United States poses a unique challenge to the issues of ventilation and indoor-air quality. Here are my opinions and suggestions on how to address these issues if you are building or remodeling in the South.

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Nest Review - Builder Perspective

Nest Review - Builder Perspective

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The Nest thermostat has a ton of buzz, but is it worth the price? In this review you'll hear my perspective as a builder.

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Building Energy 13: Old Hippies Conspire to Save the World

Building Energy 13: Old Hippies Conspire to Save the World

After a visit to the annual conference and trade show of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, editor-at-large Kevin Ireton reports on the business of energy-efficient home building, deep-energy retrofits, and more

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How to Do Everything: The Energy Nerds Greatest Hits

How to Do Everything: The Energy Nerd's Greatest Hits

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If you plan to design, build, or remodel an energy efficient house, Energy Nerd Martin Holladay's collection of how-to articles is a must-read

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High-Performance Homes Dos & Donts: Mark LaLiberte Seminar Notes

High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts: Mark LaLiberte Seminar Notes

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Mark LaLiberte is an amazing building-science teacher. Read my blogging notes from his seminar titled "Building High-Performance Homes Dos & Don'ts," which I attended in Austin, Texas. Remember that this is focused on Texas construction, but there is plenty to learn here for anyone in the U.S.

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Blower Doors Have Become Essential Home-Building Tools

Blower Doors Have Become Essential Home-Building Tools

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Use one to measure a building’s airtightness, to locate leaks, or to comply with a green building program

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Kohlers New Musical Shower Head

Kohler's New Musical Shower Head

I attended a builder luncheon the other day and was blown away by this cool new shower head called the Kohler Moxie. It has a magnetic bluetooth speaker that magnet holds into a standard shower head. The sound was fantastic and I love the idea.

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Modern Hardie Siding Details w/ Exterior Rigid Foam

Modern Hardie Siding Details w/ Exterior Rigid Foam

In this video I'll show you some modern hardie siding details we used to overcome the issues encountered with exterior rigid foam installation.

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