Design by Scotty-St.Louis Brick Home Hempcrete Exterior Insulation Retrofit CAD Design
Hempcrete Brick Wall Retrofit Estimated RValues
4 Inch Layer of Hempcrete = R14.2
Multi Wythe St Louis Brick Building= R5
Total Wall RValue=19.2
My latest quest to Build a Green St.Louis by retrofitting the Brick Buildings located in the St.Louis Region.
Why Hempcrete and not other forms of insulation?
Hemp Plant Fibers are a natural product that can be grown and sourced from Missouri Farmers.
Hempcrete is as strong as Concrete with less damaging effects to our climate and provides a High RValue
Adds Structural Reinforcement
The politics of bringing this product hempcrete product to market and grown locally I feel will be an uphill battle...until that time I suggest substituting Kenaf Plant Fibers instead of Hemp Plant Fibers.Stay Tuned for more information. Scotty 12-20-2013 Greg Flavall replied: “Bath Uni in UK have done extensive research across all waste cellulose including knaf and flax etc but hemp is the only hygroscopic cellulose that performs for insulation”
Depending on age of buildings u can ascertain whether lime mortar was used or cement. Older buildings used lime in which case u could add hemp/lime “plaster ” to exterior or interior to increase efficiency as we have done many times in Europe. If cement forget it; you’re asking for problems.
In UK we have had problems in the early days adding hempcrete to cement mortared brick clad buildings bc they do not breathe and the hemp has deteriorated;…
Also u can use an alkali resistant mesh cloth embedded into the Hempcrete for added flexural strength and no need for steel reinforcing unless you are horizontally affixing steel plates to retain brick structure
I’ll have additional details to add soon. Scotty
added: 3/2/14 via: Hemp Technologies: High Thermal Resistance (R-Value = 2.5 – 3.0 per inch)
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!
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.
I strongly urge everyone who is involved in remodeling, retrofitting, weatherizing, or any other construction related project with a StLouis Building review and practice these must do activities when working on the typical StLouis brick or masonry building.
Improper Building or Retrofitting Techniques could lead to: Respiratory Problems, Indoor Pollution, Combustion from Natural Gas Appliances, as well as the further deterioration of your brick building.
To use a Building as an example: less weight on your Energy Bills equals more Horsepower for your Bank Account!
and the same principle can be applied to your Home or Business.
Everyone who has driven a car or truck built in the Late 70s or early 80s knows that gas was cheap-car and truck motors were gas guzzling monsters.
I can remember Ford and Chevy Pickups that got a whopping 8 mpg regardless of whether the trucks were loaded down with Farm Goods or NOT.
During the first fossil fuel crunch of the late 70s GM, Ford, and Dodge realized changes were needed and started developing cars that used less gas. They made the transition to lighter cars because:
Less Weight Equals More Horsepower.
This translates into less energy needed to move the vehicles or less Gas. (although I was just an infant in the 70s my Father has told me that this energy efficiency thing is old news to him…and a repeat of old news-by the Politicians and News Reporting Agencies) Thankfully with: Greater Technology mankind has taken these old stories and made them into the-
New Hip Thing To Do-
Energy Conservation and Creating Clean Energy from Renewable Sources.
The same thing is happening all over the World. Many countries are moving to Alternative Energy created from-Wind, Geo-thermal, and Solar. Since Going Green and Living a Sustainable Lifestyle has been adopted by all walks of life in every corner of the World.
More and more Countries have adapted to this new technology and embracing the Sustainable Culture that is shaping our Future.
Whether or not a Country can be called hip or not is left for the Debaters. What is hip to me is that the actual People made up of:
Conservatives, Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, and all the other walks of life-
who make up a country have realized that: Being Green is the Hip thing to do-for numerous reasons!
Here in the St Louis area. One of the most answered question as to why a client wants to join the Clean Energy Revolution is their
Extreme Dislike of Ameren UE-(the Company who provides the St Louis Area with our Electricity).
What surprises me most is that it many times is not because Ameren:
burns coal to generate our electricity-the greatest source of CO2 that is damaging our Climate and Disrupting the Natural Weather Patterns.
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
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!
Wood Flooring Options using Green Build Techniques
The Stats from the websites show a dramatic increase in pageviews. The Proof is in the Pudding or the Stats in the SEO World- I completed the SEO suggestions made by Andy Dollinger in the First and Second Week of February 2013; and here are the Current / Actual Stats from the websites-after the Mighty Google Search Engine re-visited the websites. The stats plainly show an increase in daily pageviews.
Mr A. Dollinger pointed out some additional areas that I had overlooked when adding “Local” Meta Tags when I built my latest website. After I added the “Local Tags” I went ahead and checked my site to see how Google’s Search Engine viewed and parsed the site and found that the simple changes Mr Dolllinger suggested will boost my websites SEO standing for the St Louis Region.
I don’t usually accept ‘Freebies’ but was Pleasantly surprised at the outcome of his SEO suggestions! So much so he will be listed on the Site as SEO Guru!
Yes I recommend and will call on Mr Dollinger in the future.
January 27, 2013, Scotts Contracting was a consultant or contractor to Andy at ClicksEffect – Local Search Engine Optimization,Design,Content and Mobile servicesAndy has also offered additional free assistance in his latest offering:
I thought you might be interested – I set up a group on linkedin for small businesses.
The purpose of it is to help small businesses with their branding and marketing efforts.Check your email for the invitation.
I’d love to see you there. Once joined, feel free to participate in discussions or start new ones.
Oh one more thing – I’ve prepared a FREE course for small businesses related to Search Engine Optimization.This will help your site get better rankings = MORE CLIENTS . No cost involved.
Many thanks to each of you and welcome to our new volunteers! It is hard to believe, but we are just over 2 weeks away from the March 5th Primary!!! This election is critical to the future of our city, andit is up to us keep St. Louis moving forward by helping to re-elect Mayor Slay!
Click here to watch the St. Louis Public Radio Mayoral Candidate forum that was recorded February 11th, and share it with your friends and family! This clearly demonstrates the choices we have on election day. We MUST do what we can now to maintain integrity, competence, and solution based action in the Mayor’s Office for the next four years.
Time is running out, so sign up NOW!
Help us distribute yard signs! We are getting hundreds of requests for yard signs every week! We need all hands on deck to get them out there. Email me if you can come by the office and pick up a stack along with a map and a list and distribute some this weekend.
Join our Volunteer Canvass Crew!! We will have volunteers going door to door informing voters about this critical election, and showing our support for Mayor Slay. Join us:
~Saturday February 16th 10am-12noon~Sunday February 17th 12noon-2pm
~Saturday February 23rd 10am-12noon
~Sunday February 24th 12noon-2pm
Help with a mailing! We are working on mailings every Friday afternoon from 2-4pm. We need all the help folding, stuffing and stamping we can get! Email me if you’d like to help or if a different time will work better for you.
Sign up for our Friends and Family Program now! This is one of the most effective tools we have to increase voter turn out. If we all keep in touch with between 5 and 15 people we know, inform them about this important election, and make sure they vote, it could determine the future of our City.
We still have some bumper stickers left! Come and get your’s while they last!!
Although it is not impossible to find Lumber to match a floor built in the late 1800s. The Owner of the Property decided to Jazz it up and incorporate a design into the floor.
Part 14-Custom Flooring Patch Hardwood Floor Repair-Benton Rehab
Original Flooring Material-Douglas Fir
Wood Flooring Patch in a varied pattern made from:Up-Cycled flooring materials and Lumber from past jobs consisting of: Red Oak, Redwood, Walnut, and White Oak.
Benton Rehab-Flooring Patch
The flooring will be finished with a clear poly urethane coating that will blend the color of the floor with the design on the Apartment. Douglas fir has a redish tint that we matched to the Interior Tuck-pointing giving the Investment Property an: