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All About Comfort

Simple Comparison of Clothes to a Buildings Envelope

Author:Scotty, Scotts Contracting-StLouis Renewable Energy 4/2/13

If you are reading this I’m going to assume that you aren’t a google bot or bing bot and wear clothes in your daily activities.  You are an actual human being who wears clothes.  

Besides the obvious fact we wear clothes to cover our nakedness.  

We humans wear clothes for protection: protection for our bodies: from the heat, from the cold, from rain and snow-summed all up from the Elements.  

We protect ourselves with clothes against the Climate and Elements we live in.

Just as you wear clothes to protect yourself from the elements the various parts of a properly constructed energy efficient building are there to protect it from the elements while keeping the inhabitants comfortable.

While it may sound complex in Nature it’s really rather simple in content when talking about a Building.

The simple comparison in how warm and dry an Insulated Wind Breaker is to a Simple T-Shirt.   

The Windbreaker stops the Cold Air from reaching your skin and the Insulation is the stuff that keeps the cold from creeping close to your body.  

  1. While a T Shirt lets in both Air and Cold thus failing to keep you warm and dry. (This is the Framing of your Building. )
  2. A Sweatshirt will help seal out a little cold but not for long. (This is the Insulation in your Building. )
  3. But when a Windbreaker is put on over the Sweatshirt and T-Shirt it is such relief to be warm- almost anything is tolerable when in a Cold Windy Environment. (This is the Air Barrier in your Building.)
  4. Caps or Hats (The roof of your Building see upcoming post-seeking sponsors)
  5. Shoes and boots (The Foundation / Basement of your Building see upcoming post-seeking sponsors)

Examples 1 thru 5 when applied to a Building is your Buildings Envelope or Outer Shell.

The buildings we live and work in need protection too. Just as you will add layers against the cold to stay warm in today’s extreme climate. Your Building needs the same protection against the Elements of Heat and Cold.

The best protection against the Elements cold and heat from entering your building is: Insulation.

R 16 Unfaced Wall Insulation as used in Benton Rehab Project
R 16 Unfaced Wall Insulation as used in Benton Rehab Project

Insulation is your Number One Source for keeping your building’s energy consumption as low as possible while staying comfortable.

 Insulation keeps the Heat and Cold from creeping in your Building.  

While building Insulation comes in many forms it basically performs the basic action that I mentioned above when talking about wearing a sweatshirt.  

Insulation is there to keep out the heat and cold that make life uncomfortable– (to include the uncomfortable feeling you get when you pay your local monthly Gas and Electric utility bills- for the over priced services they provide your building.)

Just as the Windbreaker stops the Wind from interfering with your body. Example of Air Barrier used in Benton Rehab Project The Air Barrier does the same for your Home or Office.  Normal construction techniques have various Air Barriers All of which are designed to eliminate and reduce the cold or warm air from entering and leaving your Building.  This is the second most crucial step in protecting a building against the Elements of heat and cold.

So what is the T-shirt used in this examples place in a building.  The T Shirt in this example is the Buildings Walls and Roof.  See the bare wall in this photo of the Benton Rehab Project
Bare Wall Stud Framing with No layers of Protection from the Elements
Bare Wall Stud Framing with No layers of Protection from the Elements
 while the crew and I were rehabbing this building in St Louis.  This is the framing without layers of Insulation or Air Barrier.  It’s obvious that these walls will not keep out any heat or cold.  Just as a t-shirt performs.
The Air Barrier and Insulation coupled with a few other areas of your building is your Buildings Envelope.

Scotty, Scotts Contracting St Louis Renewable Energy 4/2/13

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On Tue, Mar 12, 2013 at 9:45 AM, Scotty-Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy <scottscontracting> wrote:

Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy offers the Following Services for Home and Business

Specializing in Green, Eco Friendly, and Sustainable Building Projects with
Energy Reducing Resources and On-Site Solar PV Clean Energy Systems
for the St Louis Region

Scotts Contracting has a crew of skilled craftsman that are available and willing to handle your building projects whether its a bath or kitchen remodel, major rehab for investment property, or the basic home repair project.

You will find the Services at Scotts Contracting are: Affordable Punctual Experienced

Building Improvements

  • Job Site Photos of many of the projects that Scotts Contracting has been a part in.
  • Remodel Rehab Services are available for the St Louis Region
  • Investment Property Rehab-Protect your bottom line with proven Design Build techniques that will translate into greater Tenant satisfaction
  • Repair Services-Scotts Contracting realizes that sometimes the cost to build new are not in the budget and can fix and repair many of the Issues that are needed for the home.
  • Interior Carpentry-This is the first step in building a functional space that is both pleasing and

CAD Designs for every project

Interior and Exterior

Kitchen and Bath

  • Kitchen and Bath Remodels that meet your Budgeting Concerns
  • Kitchen Project Photos-Photos taken from a kitchen remodel in the South Hampton Region- Coffered Ceiling, Plumbing Stack, Garbage Disposal, New Sink-Cabinets-LED lighting-Counter Top, Accent and Under the Counter Accent Lights

Weatherization and Energy Conservation

Energy RatingMissouri Home Energy Efficiency Statts Insulation for your Home

Tuckpointing

Home Foundations

Exterior Finishes

Concrete with Decorative Concrete Finishes

Drywall Installation and Finishing

  • Benton Project– See how we brought the Old Western-Old South St Louis Decor and Feel into a Modern Day Apartment
  • Law Office Project-As well as installing French Doors with Dual Action Saloon Door Hinges, we also remodeled the Reception Area as well as the addition of 2 new offices-Network Closet-Small Kitchen for the Staff- as well as an Energy Efficient Point of Demand Water Heater!

Flooring Options

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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

 

Solar Battery Generator, will keep your Electricity Going
Never Lose Power Again With The Triple-Redundant “Perpetual” Power System-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
Scotts Contracting offers Made In America Green and Sustainable Building Materials
Renewable Energy Is America’s Future
Adjustable Dual Array, Pole-Mounted Solar Panels Convert The Sun’s Energy Into 4500 Watts of Electricity
Adjustable Dual Array, Pole-Mounted Solar Panels Convert The Sun’s Energy Into 4500 Watts of Electricity

Generac® Automatic Stand-by Generators Are America’s #1 Brand

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

  • 8000 Watt stand-by generator
  • Runs on LP or NG
  • Designed for quiet operation
  • Recharges batteries in Power Center when required
  • Automatic self-test weekly

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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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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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Reduced Solar Prices-March Madness Solar Prices!

March Madness Solar Prices!

On Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 3:51 PM, Scotty-Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy <scottscontracting> wrote:

Westinghouse Solarsun for everyone TM
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Westinghouse Solar AC 235watt Panel (w/Built-In Racking)
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Hurry – offer ends March 31, 2012.

To Order – Contact Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy Your Westinghouse Solar Account Manager for the St Louis Region

Missouri’s Climate: News, Building Codes, Energy Costs, Carbon Data, Energy Sources, and more

  • Midwest has experienced rising average temperatures with the largest warming seen in the winter months.
  • The growing season has been extended by one week because of earlier last spring frosts and precipitation has become more frequent including increased instances of heavy downpours.
  • Since the 1980s, large heat waves have become more frequent than any time in the last century.
  • These effects of climate changeare predicted to continue, threatening the region’s economy, landscape, character, and quality of life.

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Missouri‘s Climate: News, Building Codes, Energy Costs, Carbon Data, Energy Sources, and more

02/17/12Scotty-Scotts Contracting, St Louis Renewable Energy

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Climate Concerns

Regional Issues & State Action: 

  • Midwest has experienced rising average temperatures with the largest warming seen in the winter months.
  • The growing season has been extended by one week because of earlier last spring frosts and precipitation has become more frequent including increased instances of heavy downpours.
  • Since the 1980s, large heat waves have become more frequent than any time in the last century.
  • These effects of climate change are predicted to continue, threatening the region’s economy, landscape, character, and quality of life.

BCAP Estimated Energy Savings

  • If Missouri began implementing the 2009 IECC and Standard 90.1-2007 statewide in 2011, businesses and homeowners would save an estimated $99 million annually by 2020 and $200 million annually by 2030 in energy costs (assuming 2006 prices).
  • Additionally, implementing the latest model codes would help avoid about 31 trillion Btu of primary annual energy use by 2030 and annual emissions of more than 2.1 million metric tons of CO2 by 2030.
  • A 2010 BCAP analysis indicates that the weightedaverage incremental construction cost of upgrading to the 2009 IECC in Missouri would be $875.28 per home. On average, the annual energy savings per home would be $459.00, meaning the simple payback for homeowners would occur, on average, in 1.91 years.These estimates are conservative and represent the upper bound on incremental cost.

Missouri Minimum Energy Efficiency

Standards For State Buildings

Public Buildings

Intro/Brief: 

  • Since July 1, 2009, all new state-funded buildings must comply with Missouri Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard for Public Buildings, which is based on the 2006 IECC. 
  • During the summer of 2008, the state of Missouri passed a wide-ranging package of energy efficiency initiatives, including homeowner tax incentives and minimum energy standards for state buildings. Passed in the state legislature on May 29 and signed by then-Governor Matt Blunt on July 10, the bill (SB 1181) required the Department of Natural Resources to establish minimum energy efficiency standards for state buildings, based on the 2006 IECC. The Commissioner of the Office of Administration may exempt any state building from meeting the minimum energy efficiency standard requirement for safety reasons or when the cost of compliance is expected to exceed the energy cost savings.

Missouri has no mandatory or voluntary statewide energy code for private residential and commercial construction. 

  • Public Buildings Code: Based on the 2006 IECC.

TEXT: SB 1181 (2008)

Citation: SECTIONS 8.295 – 8.837 – STATE BUILDINGS

Application: Applies to all new and renovated state-owned construction.

Approximate Stringency: As stringent as the 2006 IECC.

Effective Date: July 1, 2009

Approved Compliance Tools: REScheck | COMcheck

Background: 

  • In response to legislation signed in 1993, for Energy Efficiency in State Facilities, a rule was finalized and published on January 26, 1996, with an effective date 30 days later that established “state building minimum efficiency standards.” The rule covered new state buildings (or portions), additions, substantial renovations, or existing buildings considered for lease (when over 10,000 sq. ft.) or acquisition by the state. ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-1989 was adopted by reference for buildings other than single-family and multi-family residential buildings not over three stories high. For single-family and multi-family residential buildings, the latest editions of the Council of American Building Officials Model Energy Code (MEC) or ANSI/ASHRAE Standard 90.2-1993 was applicable. New editions/revisions to these adopted standards would automatically be adopted by reference and become effective three months after the date of their publication. (10 CSR 140-7, Department of Natural Resources.) No statewide requirements existed for other buildings; local cities and jurisdictions adopt their own requirements.

Information last updated February 7, 2012

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Based on: 

Mandatory

Date Passed: 

 Thursday, July 10, 2008

Date Effective: 

 Wednesday, July 1, 2009

 

History

  • Missouri has no mandatory or voluntary statewide energy code for private residential and commercial construction.
  • After the passage of SB 1181 in July 2008, all state-owned buildings must comply with Missouri Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard for Public Buildings, which is based on the 2006 IECC, beginning on July 1, 2009. The previous state-owned building code was based on ASHRAE 90.1-1989.
  • Due to its history of strong local government, Missouri does not have a mandatory statewide energy code. However, however all local jurisdictions except class III counties have the right to adopt an energy code. As expected, this system creates a sometimes confusing patchwork of different codes throughout the state. Seethis page or see below for more details on local adoption. 
  • Regardless of the system in place, the bottom line is that many jurisdictions in Missouri still don’t have an energy code—meaning that many residents do not receive the benefits of energy-efficient construction.
  • Missouri has considered adopting a state code previously. For example, SB 745, drafted by BCAP in 2010, would have adopted the 2009 IECC and ASHRAE Standard 90.1-2007 statewide. It also would have directed DNR to establish an automatic review cycle, either every three years or within nine months of the publication of a new model code version. In addition, HB 938 in 2011 would have established most of the 2006 International Code series as minimum statewide construction standards (the 2006 IECC was not specifically cited, but would have been included via its position as an alternative compliance path to Chapter 11 of the 2006 International Residential Code). Both bills, however, failed to move past the committee stage. 
  • Local Adoption: For more, view the BCAP Missouri Gap Analysis Report, starting with pages 19-22.
  • All local jurisdictions except class III counties have the right to adopt an energy code. As expected, this system creates a sometimes confusing patchwork of different codes throughout the state.
  • It is typical for Missouri communities to adopt codes on a 6-year cycle rather than the 3-year code development cycle for ICC.  It is also typical for communities to follow the code adoption of surrounding communities. These adoption practices have developed two trends in Missouri; eastern Missouri communities are generally on the 2003 I-Codes and are moving/have moved to the 2009 I-Codes and western Missouri communities are generally on the 2006 I-Codes and are moving to the 2012 I-Codes.

 

Code Change Process: 

  • Legislative: In Missouri, only the General Assembly is authorized to enact legislation to establish statewide building construction regulations and/or authorize a state agency to do so. However, there currently is no state regulatory agency authorized to promulgate, adopt, or update construction codes on a statewide basis.

 

Code Change Cycle: 

Next Code Update: 

  • There is no pending state energy code update.

Basic Facts

Climate Zone: 

  • 4A, 5A  (zones based on DOE’s most recent zoning: zone numbers based on a spectrum, zone 1 represents very hot weather and zone 8 represents subarctic weather.  Letters indicate climate type, A-Humid, B-Dry, C-Marine)

Population: 

Construction Activity: 

  • New Housing Units Authorized by Permit:
    Total units: 13,273
    Number of Housing Units by Structure Type:
    1 unit: 7,777
    2 units: 654
    3 and 4 units: 854
    5 or more units: 3,988
    (2008, 
    Real Estate Center)

Projected Construction Rate: 

  • 7,782 dwelling units (-48% less than the previous year), maintaining an average value of $187,000  per dwelling unit.
    (2008, 
    Real Estate Center)

CO2 Emissions: 

  • 140.04 MMT CO2 (2007)

Energy Data

Primary Energy Source: 

  • Coal: 41% (2007, EIA)

Energy Consumption: 

  • Total Annual Energy Consumption of 1,964.1trillion Btu (2007, EIA)

Energy Expenditures: 

  • 23,341.8 Million Nominal Dollars (2007, EIA)

Energy Snapshot: 

  • 58% of the state’s natural gas supply is used for heating the home.Natural gas is the largest consumed source of energy for the state’s residential sector

    Residential use of natural gas in Missouri costs up to $12.97/thousand cu ft.

Source: EIA

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Dow Solar Shingles Update

  • POWERHOUSE Solar Shingles will be available in targeted U.S. markets later this year.

Because our initial quantities will be very limited, the markets we will launch in will also be limited and our team of authorized dealers and installers very small. Details on these markets and dealers will be announced in October 2011.
Throughout 2011 and 2012, we will be expanding into additional markets across the U.S., which will create opportunities for more homeowners like you to power their homes using the POWERHOUSE ™ Solar Shingles.  When our product becomes available in your area, we want to make sure you are among the first to be notified. For now, the best way to ensure this is to be on our email list. All updates and announcements will be sent to this group of homeowners on a priority basis.

Of course, we’ll keep you updated with further information as the launch of this revolutionary product approaches.