Podcast Episode 106 — Strong Convictions on Green Building
Fiber cement repair, rough inspection, net-zero homes, badly designed roofs, repairing rot with epoxy, crawlspaces, and drywall returns.
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In this episode, Justin Fink, Brian Pontolilo, and Rob Yagid go off script to talk about siding repair on fiber cement, which has some tricky bits to it. The guys also talk about Rob’s recent rough inspection — framing, plumbing, and electrical. Which brings us to Rob and Patrick’s less-than-serious tactics for finessing an inspection:
- Bribe the inspector with copies of Fine Homebuilding magazine.
- Watch to see if he turns off his truck. If he keeps it on, it’s a good sign if he wants to get out fast.
- Chat with the inspector to distract him from the inspection.
Turning to listener questions, Alexander butters up “overlord and supreme ruler Justin Fink” with a question about California’s drive to push more new housing stock to the net-zero level. Code updates, photovoltaics, and more are the issues here, and that’s especially relevant for Fine Homebuilding because our next demonstration home will be in California. We’ll be unveiling that in the August 2018 issue. Rob mentions that the coming code changes are going to ruffle feathers, and Brian declares that he supports the new rules 100%. Brian says that we clearly know how to build zero-energy homes, in cost effective ways. “Not doing it, in my opinion, is just being resistant to a better way to build a house,” he says.
For another viewpoint, Justin says he wants to put up a big solar panel array just to tick off the neighbors he does not like.
The guys also talk about trends in factory-framed panelized walls vs prefab modules.
Next, FHB ambassador Tyler Grace sent in a question about this low-slung ranch on steriods:
“The most poorly designed roof I’ve ever seen,” says Rob. Take a look at these two photos:
Listener Greg asks about drywall returns. To see his photos, please click the Launch Gallery button at the bottom of this post.
And there are two crawlspace questions to finish off the podcast. Listener Dane has a question about spray foam over a dirt floor of a crawlspace. The guys are okay with it. That leads to a discussion of foam under a slab. And listener Joe wonders if he has a ventilation problem with leakage from his crawlspace.
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Links related to this episode:
- From the NRDC.org site: New California Building Efficiency Standards Set the Stage for Zero Net Energy Homes by 2020.
- LA Times article: Energy-efficient homes seem to sell faster, fetch higher prices.
- Fine Homebuilding’s prior ProHOME demonstration house projects.
- Building Skills: Repairing Rot with Epoxy.
- All FHB podcast show notes: FineHomebuilding.com/podcast.
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And click Launch Gallery to see those window photos from listener Greg.