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Thursday, August 11, 2011

A+ Blog on a Local Home Energy Retrofit

For those interested in reducing the energy consumed when heating and cooling your existing homes there is a great opportunity to learn from the experiences of a local intrepid couple who are the pride of many permaculturists if only for their urban chickens and honey making.

The Brazeltons are providing daily content on their ‘minnePHit’ blog including, importantly, lots of construction site photos. What’s in the name ‘minnePHit’? For an explanation check out their blog or facebook page @

One thing I would like to highlight is the design for creating a highly insulated wall with relatively benign materials. I-Joists will be added to the exterior of the existing home and dense packed with cellulose insulation (i.e. recycled paper).

For those not familiar with these building products a demonstration of this insulating technique will be offered on Tuesday, August 16th and is open to the public. Check out the ‘MinnePhit’ blog for location and times.