Category Archives: Building Science

Toxic attitude

  The picture above tells a sad tale. A tale of bad project management, dispirited workers, and poor results for building occupants. I should note that I was the first person to access that space on the left in the … Continue reading

Posted in Basics, Building Science, Energy, Policy, Tools, Water | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Rubble, Rubble, Toil and Trouble*

Here in New England most of our older houses have rubble foundations. Rubble foundations are uncut stone, often called field stone. Even the best builders of rubble foundations had spaces between the stones that essentially connect the soil directly to … Continue reading

Posted in Basics, Building Science, Rot, Water | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Oh, that’s gonna smell…

  Sometimes you just get a lot of the same thing around the same time. The past couple of weeks it’s been the wrong way to insulate concrete walls. Out of the three instances recently, two were a bit, shall … Continue reading

Posted in Basics, Building Science, Energy, Water | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Short thought on a long sentence

  “Where a preservationist might insist that broad expanses of decayed original plaster be repaired or restored with new material mixed and applied according to traditional recipes and finishes, a renovator would more than likely remove the plaster entirely, replacing … Continue reading

Posted in Basics, Building Science, Water | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Skepticism as a tool

  The other day a new IAQ (Indoor Air Quality) product assessment tool was announced by Healthy Building Network and Google. For building professionals this could be a valuable tool in their kit. We need to have access to good … Continue reading

Posted in Basics, Building Science, Software, Tools | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

About a Thousand Words

No, I’m not going that long. Today I’ve got pictures, just two. Usually, the pictures I bring back from jobs are boring and quite inscrutable to people outside of the building science world. Like this one. This is just a … Continue reading

Posted in Building Science | 2 Comments

A recipe for success

    I bet you figured out, at a very young age, that food is pretty important. Eating became a real habit, and, at some point, you discovered that you could make your own food. But it didn’t always go … Continue reading

Posted in Basics, Building Science | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Sentenced to serve

  As part of a blogging course, we were asked to define what our blog is about in one sentence. That’s not an easy task. I’d like to make it about everything that interests me, but that would dilute a … Continue reading

Posted in Basics, Building Science | Tagged , | 3 Comments

Baby, don’t you light my fire

I don’t venture into energy policy too often. There are more traps and mistaken concepts than I care to navigate. But occasionally you’ll find me dipping my toes into those muddy waters, this is one of those times. A recent … Continue reading

Posted in Building Science, Policy | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Attic adventures #1: Insulation is where you find it

Something new, I’m going to be adding an occasional post about oddities and adventures in building science. Funny things do happen and I’ll be sharing them with you. I’m a New Englander born and bred. Grew up on a farm … Continue reading

Posted in Basics, Building Science | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment