Posts Tagged ‘home energy efficiency’

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Karuna House photo via Hammer and Hand

Today’s guest is Skylar Swinford who is a practicing Certified Passive House Consultant who holds both European and North American certifications. He has been directly involved with over a dozen single-family residential, multi-family, and commercial Passivhaus projects that have been certified by the Passive House Institute. His first Passivhaus Certified project was a small high performance office space retrofit in a 100 year old building called the Glasswood project. I’m glad to have Skylar with me today to discuss high performance building, his path in this industry, and trends he’s seeing in Idaho and across the region.

Listen to our interview with Skylar on mixcloud.

Skylar Swinford Passive House by Building A Greener Idaho on Mixcloud


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Today’s show features guests Scott Hedrick with Scott Hedrick Construction and Joe Swindford with Energy Seal Air Barrier Systems and we’ll be discussing the recently completed 12th & River senior apartments in downtown Boise which is a 53-unit, $12 million project developed by the non-profit Mercy Housing Northwest as affordable housing for seniors 55 and older.

The 12th & River Senior Housing achieved the highest level of LEED certification (Platinum) with the highest number of points of any LEED for Homes project in Idaho. In the process of upgrading the insulation package the insulation sub contractor, Energy Seal, developed a new dense pack assembly that they tested and got approved as a new UL listing.  Tune in to our discussion on what makes the project unique and sustainable.RP4200 Picture

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Tune in tomorrow at Noon to hear from residential builder, inventor, and energy efficiency expert Larry Hyatt as we discuss home energy efficiency. Larry has a wealth of knowledge and experience on everything from air sealing to solar design and installation. He also is the man behind saving a wetland area in Boise which has recently been developed into a wildlife reserve, public park, and stormwater mitigation project- the Hyatt Hidden Lakes Reserve. Listen in to hear Larry’s interesting story and current focus of work in energy efficiency.

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