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Solar Impulse Lands in StLouis Lambert Field

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN FOLLOWING THE PATH OF THE SOLAR POWERED AIRPLANE, SOLAR IMPULSE.  THE SOLAR POWERED AIRPLANE SAFELY LANDED IN STLOUIS AT LAMBERT AIRPORT LAST NIGHT-AFTER A 21 HOUR 21 MINUTE FLIGHT!

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Solar Impulse Visit at Lambert – St. Louis Int Airport – 6-7th of June 2013

Solar Impulse St Louis, MO

With the severe weather we have been having in the region lately, I have been concerned for the planes and pilots safety for this monumental occasion.  I’m sure that there was some turbulence that the pilot and staff were forced to navigate on the 3rd Leg of the Journey across America from Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas to Lambert Field in StLouis.  Nevertheless the plane landed safely and can be viewed at the impromptu hanger that was built for the solar powered plane-41 Banshee Rd 63145

Time Line of the Trip Flight: Dallas KDFW – St. Louis KSTL
  • Pilot: Bertrand Piccard, Initiator and Chairman
    Take off time: June 3nd 04:06AM CDT (UTC-5)
    Landing time: June 4th 01:28AM CDT (UTC-5)
    Flight duration: 21h21min
    Average ground speed: 49 km/h (26.3 kt)
    Highest altitude reached: 7,315 m(24,000 ft)
    Flight Distance: 1040 km (~562 NM)

Here is a link to the directions / map for the Solar Impulse viewing at the Lambert Field 

  • Directions:
    • Take 1-170 to Exit 9A Airport Rd.
    • Go west to McDonnell Blvd.
    • Go north (right) to Banshee Rd.
    • Go west (left) on Banshee for approximately .6 miles
    • Signs will be in place at event entrance.
41 Banshee Road, StLouis MO 63145

Viewing Times Thursday and Friday-6-7th of June 2013- While the viewing is free pre-registration is required.

Solar Impulse

SOLAR IMPULSE VISIT AT LAMBERT – ST. LOUIS INT AIRPORT – THURSDAY 6TH OF JUNE 2013

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Come and see Solar Impulse’s solar airplane, HB-SIA, at Lambert – St. Louis International Airport.
Solar Impulse

SOLAR IMPULSE VISIT AT LAMBERT – ST. LOUIS INT AIRPORT – FRIDAY 7TH OF JUNE 2013

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Come and see Solar Impulse’s solar airplane, HB-SIA, at Lambert – St. Louis International Airport.

Keeping the pilot awake- Bertrand landed at Lambert-St. Louis International airport at 01:28 AM CDT (UTC-5), Tuesday June 4th, completing hislongest ever flight (21 hours 21 minutes).
The mobile hangar, a concept developed by Solar Impulse and being used for the first time during a mission, is setup and waiting to welcome the solar aircraft in its cocoon as soon as the Ground Crew haul it off the runway. This inflatable hangar was deployed after the one provided by Lambert-St. Louis was rendered inoperable by violent storms that struck the city and the airport this past weekend.
St. Louis was chosen as the destination for the third leg of this Across America mission for historic and symbolic reasons. St. Louis is best known for the “Spirit of St. Louis” who, piloted by Charles Lindbergh in 1927 completed the first non-stop flight from New York to Paris. This flight was made possible by St. Louis businessmen including the namesake of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, Albert Bond Lambert.
During today’s flight, there were a couple of memorable calls from the ground to the cockpit. This first one was from Erik Lindbergh, Charles’ grandson. They had a chance to discuss the importance of exploration and of inspiring younger generations to take a chance and become pioneers of and for the future. They also got to exchange thoughts on the future of aviation while they spoke about meeting again in Washington D.C. at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum under Erik’s grandfather’s “Spirit of St. Louis” and Bertrand’s “Breitling Orbiter”.
The other call was from Alan Nichols, President of the Explorer’s Club. He said he wished he could be up there, with Bertrand. At every stopover, chapters of the Explorer’s Club organized visits to see the solar airplane and they will hold a reception for Solar Impulse in New York City. Flag n°50 of the Club is travelling with André and Bertrand Across America – The same flag travelled to Morocco onboard HB-SIA during the 2012 Crossing Frontiers mission.
The best part of the flight, however, was the incredible response rate we got from Solar Impulse supporters who took to heart the call to “Keep the Pilot Awake”. A campaign launched by our Social Media and Community Engagement manager, Elâ Borschberg, over 600 people (and counting) responded with words of encouragement, via email, to the pilot and, more importantly, jokes to make him laugh.

In keeping with the green and eco friendly nature of theSolar Powered Plane I plan to take my girls grand-kids to the event via the StLouis Metro Transit use the Metro Trip Planner for a green alternative to view the Solar Powered Plane.

 

Stay Tuned for Further Details on the #Solar Powered Airplanes StLouis Visit.

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DIY Energy Audits and the A-Hah Moment

In the preceding post on-Less Weight Equals More Horsepower I used the comparison on how the US Automakers figured out how to make our Automobiles use less gas by lightening the vehicles weights which increased horsepower which equates into less Petrol needed for operation and how the same principles can be applied to a Buildings Energy Use and Needs. The principles I will be blogging about applies to any building-Residential or Commercial and can be used to give your Bank Account More Horsepower!

Lets start by going room by room and looking around at all the Gadgets/Appliances that are using electricity. Simple DIY Energy Audits -that anyone can perform on your building. Keep in Mind the Following two bullet points when Inspecting the Gadgets and Appliances.

  • What Gadgets or Appliances in your building are always on and consuming energy? This is Vampire Power [i].
  • Rule of Thumb? “ If your appliances are old enough to Vote it needs replaced with a newer Energy Star Appliance. [ii] ”

Here are examples of my energy use for my buildings for my DIY Energy Audit Home Office Location (Home Office).

I performed a Room by Room walk-thru inspecting taking notes of everything that used electricity. (When I’m performing a Computerized Energy Audit using Equest Software I log the information into the program and it does the math for me plus outlines areas for improvement with ROI for all costs involved.) But we’re going Old School on this Energy Audit and you will only need a basic calculator or pen and notepad.

The Benefits of Performing an Old School Energy Audit by hand and figuring things by hand is the A-Hah Moment of Energy Use- you will gain a greater understanding of:

watts of energy, kilo watts, how watts and kilowatts translate into dollars.

Location Time in UseHrs / day Electricity UsedMeasured in watts Vampire PowerYes or No

FORMULA FOR ESTIMATING ENERGY CONSUMPTION

(Wattage × Hours Used Per Day= total watts )

Cost to Operate in St Louis using Ameren UE combined electricity rate plus service fees =.11/w1 kilowatt (kW) = 1,000 Watts (total watts ÷ 1000 = Daily Kilowatt-hour (kWh) consumption) x $.11= Amount in $.
Bedroom 1(hours per day spent sleeping 8.7)
Clock Radio 24 10 yes 240 0.26
TV 4 133 yes 532 0.53
VCR DVD 2 20–25 yes 50 0.05
2-Lights- 3 bulbs ave 65 W 4 260 no 1040 1.4
Fan 8.7 65 no 565.5 0.57
Bedroom 2 [which has dual functions in my Residence as Home Office and
Dining Room]
Clock Radio 24 10 yes 240 0.24
Lights-1 overhead with 2 light bulbs-2 desktop lights Ave W of 40×3= 120 w 4 120 no 480 0.48
Computer [i] 1- 200w=800w 4 200 no 800 0.8
Laptop Computer 2 1 60 no 60 0.6
Tablet Computer 0.5 22.5 no 11.25 0.01
Internet Access [ii] 24 1.22 yes 29.28 0.03
Living Room-Lights w/2 Situational Lights 120 w Total 2 240 no 480 0.48
Living Room 1 Overhead w/ 2 light bulbs 120w total 2 120 no 240 0.24
TV 2 133 no 266 0.27
VCR/DVD 2 20-25 yes 50 0.05
Bathroom

  • Over Head Lights
4 100 no 400 0.4
KitchenGas Stove with Pilot light Zero Electricity DemandRefrigerator Number 1 in-use 100%

Wall Clock- Batteries Zero Electricity Demand

Coffee Maker:

Dishwasher:

Lighting-3-100w+1-60w=360w

MicroWave

0 0 no 0 0
24/3=8 725 yes 5800 0.58
0 0 no 0 0
2 1000 no 2000 0.2
1 1500 no 1500 1.5
4 360 no 1440 1.4
1 1000 no 1000 1
Hallway/Stairway

  • Lights
12 100 no 1200 1.20
Laundry Room

  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Lights 2-120w total
2 400 no 800 0.8
4 3000 no 12000 1.32
1 120 no 120 0.12
Mechanical Room:

  • Furnace 50% use 3 hrs / day
  • Water Heater Gas
3 750 No 2250 0.25
0 0 0 0 0
Exterior

  • Lights 2-120w=240w total
10 2400 no 24000 2.4
Totals

TYPICAL WATTAGES OF VARIOUS APPLIANCES

Here are some examples of the range of nameplate wattages for various household appliances

  • Aquarium = 50–1210 Watts
  • Clock radio = 10
  • Coffee maker = 900–1200
  • Clothes washer = 350–500
  • Clothes dryer = 1800–5000
  • Dishwasher = 1200–2400 (using the drying feature greatly increases energy consumption)
  • Dehumidifier = 785
  • Electric blanket (Single/Double) = 60 / 100
  • Fans
    Ceiling = 65–175
    Window = 55–250
    Furnace = 750
    Whole house = 240–750
  • Hair dryer = 1200–1875
  • Heater (portable) = 750–1500
  • Clothes iron = 1000–1800
  • Microwave oven = 750–1100
  • Personal computer
    CPU – awake / asleep = 120 / 30 or less
    Monitor – awake / asleep = 150 / 30 or less
    Laptop = 50
  • Radio (stereo) = 70–400
  • Refrigerator (frost-free, 16 cubic feet) = 725
  • Televisions (color)
    • 19″ = 65–110
    • 27″ = 113
    • 36″ = 133
    • 53″ – 61″ Projection = 170
    • Flat screen = 120
  • Toaster = 800–1400
  • Toaster oven = 1225
  • VCR/DVD = 17–21 / 20–25
  • Vacuum cleaner = 1000–1440
  • Water heater (40 gallon) = 4500–5500
  • Water pump (deep well) = 250–1100
  • Water bed (with heater, no cover) = 120–380

FORMULA FOR ESTIMATING ENERGY CONSUMPTION-Use this formula to estimate an appliance’s energy use:

  • (Wattage × Hours Used Per Day) ÷ 1000 = Daily Kilowatt-hour (kWh) consumption

1 kilowatt (kW) = 1,000 Watts

Multiply this by the number of days you use the appliance during the year for the annual consumption in kWh per year.

ESTIMATING ANNUAL COST TO RUN AN APPLIANCE

Multiply the annual consumption in kWh per year (that you calculated above) by your local utility’s rate per kWh consumed to calculate the annual cost to run an appliance. Note: To estimate the number of hours that a refrigerator actually operates at its maximum wattage, divide the total time the refrigerator is plugged in by three. Refrigerators, although turned “on” all the time, actually cycle on and off as needed to maintain interior temperatures.

EXAMPLES:

Window fan:
(200 Watts × 4 hours/day × 120 days/year) ÷ 1000
= 96 kWh × 11 cents/kWh
= $10.56/year

Personal Computer and Monitor:
[(120
Watts + 150 Watts) × 4 hours/day × 365 days/year] ÷ 1000
= 394 kWh × 11 cents/kWh
= $43.34/year

What is the Best Defense to fight these upcoming high summertime cooling bills? Energy Conservation is the best defense and will provide the Fastest ROI- Return on Investment for your $Money$.

i http://michaelbluejay.com/electricity/computers.html

ii446 Kw/ year / 365= 1.22 source: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/us/26cable.html?pagewanted=1&_r=2&ref=energy-environment&adxnnlx=1309172425-vWWbjwsKwmR0zJvE%20C7U5Q&

i Vampire Power

Certificate of Completion-Residential Energy Auditor Training for Scotty-Scotts Contracting
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ii  rules of thumb on Energy Conservation as taught by ICast .

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What about Green and Cost Effective Decks?

Here’s my thoughts Answering : What about Green and Cost Effective Decks?  Asked by: BentonPark West

 When I build anything my goals are that the Project will be:

  • Low Maintenance
  • User Friendly
  • Meet any Must Have conditions for the Client
  • Green, Eco Friendly, and Sustainable

As far as Lumber and materials used in Deck Building here are my thoughts in re:

  • Plastic Lumber: All though it will not: Rot, Decay, and is Impervious to Insects.  The costs for building a Deck from this materials is very very expensive.
  • Redwood: I would never build anything out of this kind of wood.  It takes too long for these trees to develop and what is still growing has its own ecosystem of hundreds of various species all living in and around the tree.
  • Cedar Lumber-Would be my top choice of Lumber Used-When Building a New Deck

    • Cedar trees grow locally and could be sourced from local sawmills.  Keeping $Money$ in our Local Communities! Some of the benefits of this type of wood is the natural pest fighting aspects of the Cedar Oil:
    • It is used as an insect repellent. (which is why Cedar Chests are still being made and still used when building closets)
    • a)   It is resistant to decay and hence is suitable to build outdoor furniture.
      b)   In ancient times, it was used to preserve dead bodies.
      c)   It is used as incense in temples.
      d)   It is used as aromatic oil, because its woody odor works as a sedative and effectively treats stress and anxiety in people.
      e)   Due to its aroma, it is used as an ingredient in perfumes.
      f)   It is used for preservation of spices.
      g)   It is used as an antibacterial.
      h)   Its health benefits include effectively treating respiratory infections.
      i)    It is beneficial to hair, as it helps eliminate dandruff and protects the hair against hair fall and graying.
      j)    It also effectively treats skin infections such as acne.
      k)   It is also used in treating arthritis, especially rheumatoid.
      l)    It is also used for its antiseptic property.

    • Uses Of Cedar Wood

      The cedar wood is lightweight and used for construction of homes and furniture. It is eco-friendly. The wood from various kinds of cedar trees is used for different purposes.

      a)   It is resistant to decay and hence is suitable to build outdoor furniture.
      b)   It produces aesthetically beautiful furniture.
      c)   It is easy to work with as it is lightweight and doesn’t crack or split easily.
      d)   It is highly durable.
      e)   It can absorb sound effectively, so are used in building roof shingles.
      f)   It is a good insulator; hence, when a home is built using cedar wood, it helps keep the home warm in winter and cool in summer.
      g)   Though its color fades after a while, it can easily be restored.
      h)   It doesn’t spread fire easily hence it is suited for building purposes.
      i)    It is a natural anti-termite, which is it prevents furniture from rotting.
      j)    Due to its lightweight and strength, western red cedar is used to make guitars.

                  • Source: http://cedartrees.net/uses-of-cedar

Lumber is not the only product used in building a deck.  There is also Concrete used when support poles are set in or on the ground.  See Example: Porch Footing and Foundation CADD Drawings by Scotts Contracting …stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com

Metal Bracing and Fasteners– (as required by:St Louis Building Codes) is used in places where the different building components are connected.   One of the benefits of this type of metal is that the metal is recyclable when the project has reached its lifetime usefulness.

  • My Top Choice for Metal Bracing is Simpson Strong Tie.  This type of bracing is Specifically mentioned on St Louis Building Codes.  YouTube Video: Saving a Deck from the Landfill at this link.
    • Simpson Strong Tie Stair Bracing
      Simpson Strong Tie Stair Bracing- Required by St Louis Building Codes
    • Post to Beam Simpson Strong Tie Connection
      Simpson Strong Tie- Post Beam Connection also required by St Louis Building Codes
    • CAD Deck Design by Scotts Contracting
      CAD Deck Design by Scotts Contracting-annotating crucial areas for bring the deck to current building codes
    • Proper CAD Footing Detail for Deck Building-with Post Beam Connection
      Proper CAD Footing Detail for Deck Building-with Post Beam Connection
Care and Maintenance of Decks:
  • Paints, Stains, and Varnishes are normally used in Deck Building.  Each has its own benefits. I suggest High Quality Paints for Low Care Situations such as Behr Paints which were used in this project: Saving a Deck from the Landfill.  

The property in the photos is an investment property Clifton Heights Neighborhood.  This building had some great features with: 2 Sun Porches-one for each apartment, Hardwood Floors throughout the 2-3 Bedroom Apartments, Garages for Each Apartment, Basement and Fenced in Yard with Plenty of Space.  For rental Information contact: Tempel Appraisals, Inc

www.tempelappraisalsinc.com/

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27 January, 2013 10:42

Introducing the NewPower™ Standard

the World’s First: Triple-Redundant Alternative Power System For Homes and Business

 Your Building will never lose power again with this robust power system

  • 4500 Watt Solar Power Generation

  • 8000 Watt Line-Interactive Inverter / Battery Back-up UPS / Power Center

  • 8000 Watt Stand-by Generator to refresh the battery supply until the sun comes up or the grid is restored

Learn more about the system in the Next Post- https://scottscontracting.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/introducing-the-newpower-standard/ or Check out the NEW POWER WEB PAGE

 

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INSTALLING A SOLAR SYSTEM IN ST LOUIS MO-CAD Designs

Solar Equipment-Typical St Louis Home-CAD Designs

INSTALLING A RENEWABLE ENERGY SOLAR SYSTEM
IN ST LOUIS MISSOURI

CAD Examples and Components Needed for a Typical Roof Mount Solar System
provided by Scotty-Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy

CAD Diagram-Exterior View of Materials Needed-Typical Solar System

CAD DIAGRAM-EXTERIOR VIEW OF MATERIALS NEEDED

TYPICAL SOLAR SYSTEM

CAD Diagram-Interior View of Materials Needed-Typical Solar System

CAD DIAGRAM-INTERIOR VIEW OF MATERIALS
NEEDED-TYPICAL SOLAR SYSTEM

COMPONENTS THAT MAKE UP A TYPICAL SOLAR SYSTEM

INVERTERS

A solar inverter, or PV inverter, converts the ‘Suns Rays’ variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic(PV) solar panel into a utility frequency alternating current (AC) that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network [home]. It is a critical component in a photovoltaic system, allowing the use of ordinary commercial appliances. Solar inverters have special functions adapted for use with photovoltaic arrays, including maximum power point tracking and anti-islandingprotection.

Solar PanelsA solar panel (also solar module, photovoltaic module or photovoltaic panel) is a packaged, connected assembly of photovoltaic cells. The solar panel can be used as a component of a larger photovoltaic system to generate and supply electricity in commercial and residential applications. Each panel is rated by its DC output power under standard test conditions, and typically ranges from 100 to 320 watts. The efficiency of a panel determines the area of a panel given the same rated output – an 8% efficient 230 watt panel will have twice the area of a 16% efficient 230 watt panel. Because a single solar panel can produce only a limited amount of power, most installations contain multiple panels. A photovoltaic system typically includes an array of solar panels, an inverter, and sometimes abattery and or solar tracker and interconnection wiring.
Smart MeterMonitoring and meteringThe metering must be able to accumulate energy units in both directions or two meters must be used. Many meters accumulate bidirectionally, some systems use two meters, but a unidirectional meter (with detent) will not accumulate energy from any resultant feed into the grid.[13]In some countries, for installations over 30kWp a frequency and a voltage monitor with disconnection of all phases is required. This is done to prevent supplying excess power to the grid, in the unusual case where more solar power is being generated than can be accommodated by the utility, and can not either be exported or stored. Grid operators historically have needed to provide transmission lines and generation capacity. Now they need to also provide storage. This is normally hydro-storage, but other means of storage are used. Initially storage was used so that baseload generators could operate at full output. With variable renewable energy, storage is needed to allow power generation whenever it is available, and consumption whenever it is needed. The two variables a grid operator have are storing electricity for when it is needed, or transmitting it to where it is needed. If both of those fail, installations over 30kWp can automatically shut done, although in practice all inverters maintain voltage regulation and stop supplying power if the load is inadequate. Grid operators have the option of curtailing excess generation from large systems, although this is more commonly done with wind power than solar power, and results in a substantial loss of revenue.[14] Inverters have the unique option of supplying reactive power which can be advantageous in matching load requirements.[15]

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What Caused the Ice in my Attic

Why is there ICE in my Attic and where did it come from?

  • ICE DAMS ARE CREATED WHEN THE HOT MOIST AIR RISES FROM THE INTERIOR OF THE BUILDING.

  • As the Hot Moist Air Rises into the Attic and meets the Roof Framing System.  Condensation Occurs on the Cold Framing Members consisting of: Rafters, Roof Trusses, Roof Decking

  • As the Condensation Cools the Moisture in the Air Freezes on the Roof System.

Ice Dams1-CAD Drawing by Scotts Contracting
Example 1 of how Ice Dams Form in the Attic
Ice Dams-CAD Drawing by Scotts Contracting
Example 2 of How Ice Dams Form in the Attic
Read how Ice Dams are Prevented in upcoming Blog Post or
view prior Green Blog Posts on Attic and Attic Insulation
Scotts Contracting is Available to Discuss “Energy Saving Alternatives for your Home in St Louis.  Please use the contact form to schedule an appoint for Money Saving Actions for your Home.

The construction industry’s leading researcher explains why what we think is true often isn’t, and how some of our best hunches, based on observation of field performance, have paid off with problem-free attic assemblies. by William B. Rose 
-Attic Insulation-I’ve put a little information to help assist in explaining ‘Attic Insulation for a Home’. I take a whole house approach to improve a Home’s Energy Reduction Needs. The Attic Area and Attic insulation being just 
Attic Insulation. – Proper Insulation Levels in your Attic coupled with Ventilation will save you Money on your Energy Bills. Certified Insulation Installer for: Batt Type, Spray Foam, Loose Fill-. Green and Eco Friendly options are always available.
Lack of Insulation In the Attic; Air Infiltration from the Interior of the House into the Attic Area; Uninsulated Heating Ducts inside the Attic. Scotts Contracting can Inspect your Attic for Proper: Insulation Levels; Adequate Ventilation; Uninsulated 
Jul 03, 2011
Attic Insulation-I’ve put a little information to explain Attic Insulation for a Home. It takes a whole house approach to Reduce a Home’s Energy Needs. The Attic Area and Attic insulation being just one area. When Combined with a Green 
Snow on Roof-Opportunity to Check Insulation Level. This last snow we received yesterday is the perfect opportunity to see if your attic is properly insulated. Take a look at the Roof of your Home. -Lack of Snow on your Roof is a sure indication 
With my Preliminary Figures using a Guesstimate ($400) on your current Energy Bill and using the Dept of Energy’s Estimate of 20% Savings for attic retrofits. I’ve determined that by Sealing your Air Leaks and Adding Insulation to the Attic the 

 

In a nutshell: as the hot air escapes and rises in a home it eventually makes its way to the attic where it melts the snow off the roof. This could be why with identical looking houses one will have snow on its roof and one will not

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On the Frosty Mornings when you are outside your house scraping your cars windshield to prepare for your drive to work. Take a look at the Roof of your Home. -Lack of Frost or Snow on your Roof is a sure indication that it was melted by the Heat as it rises from the Interior of your House into the Attic Area-

Frost on Roof or Lack of Frost is a sure sign…

  • Does the Frost or Snow cover the whole roof?
  • Are there places where the snow and frost melt first? (not caused by the Suns Rays)
  • Is there Frost and Snow on the Garage Roof but not on the House Roof?
  • Does your Neighbors House have Frost and Snow on their Roof- but-Your Roof Doesn’t?

Any or All the above may mean that:

  1. Lack of Insulation In the Attic
  2. Air Infiltration from the Interior of the House into…

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Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs

GREEN AND SUSTAINABLE ROOM ADDITION ESTIMATE FOR ADDING A 2ND FLOOR DORMER ONTO AN EXISTING BUILDING.

Rough Estimate on projected costs to add a 2nd Floor Room Addition to an existing 1 story building in St Louis.

Designed by Scotty-Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs
Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired 2nd Floor Room Addition

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Room Addition Estimated Project Costs

Estimated Addition Size 12′ x 25’=300sq ft
Estimated Roof Size 18’x27’=486sq ft
Estimated Flooring Size=300sq ft

Description Estimated Costs in $ for Materials

  1. Building Permits- 350-700
  2. Dumpster x1 750-1,000
  3. Solar (the money you save with solar will pay for the addition)
  • Lease               0
  • Lease + 1,000-1,500

Windows 150-250 ea

Lumber Framing

  1. Walls 250
  2. Ceiling 180
  3. Flooring 180

Lumber Sheeting

  1. Roof 500
  2. Walls 400
  3. Flooring 300

Insulation

  1. Walls 200
  2. Ceiling 300
  3. Floor 300

Stucco 600-1,500

Roofing 2,000

Total: $8,000+
Labor $16,000

Additional Notes

  1. This is just a basic estimate on materials made from guesses with my drawing. Without knowing exact dimensions of planned addition, materials chosen, and how you plan to finish the interior of the addition I can’t determine a cost. (use $70-$100/sq ft for Total Costs)
  2. Home Depot Kingshighway, St Louis MO for Material Costs
  3. Labor Computation= Materials x 3 – Materials (for rough estimates only)

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From: EcoWatch Top News of the Day

What Would You Do With $8 Billion?

The fiscal cliff is fast approaching and there’s a relatively simple way for Congress to raise some needed revenues, help the environment and satisfy taxpayers:  Ending oil subsidies will help pay down the deficit by making oil companies pay their fair share…Natural Resources Defense Council

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A well-designed combination of wind power, solar power and storage in batteries and fuel cells would nearly always exceed electricity demands while keeping costs low…

 

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Proposed regulations meant to govern fracking in California would do little to protect the state's environment, wildlife, climate and public health…

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Skenna Watershed Conservation Coalition

“Eight years ago, northern B.C. communities joined together to say ‘no’ to coalbed methane and ‘yes’ to…

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Natural Resources Defense Council

The fiscal cliff is fast approaching and there’s a relatively simple way for Congress to raise some needed revenues, help the environment and satisfy taxpayers:  Ending oil subsidies will help pay down the deficit by making oil companies pay their fair share…

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EcoWatch

As a native New Yorker, I know soot. Talk to anyone in NYC and they will tell you they’ve wiped soot off their faces, window sills, car windows and picnic tables…

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Global Power Shift

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