January 17, 2009

Our Story Goes Regional, National and Global

Associated Press reporter Jay Lindsay releases the story to the wires:
Mass. hopes to learn from 'super insulated' house
It found a home at a few national outlets; ABC.com, MSNBC.com, a few global environmental websites, a slew of regional newspapers, and something in Australia. It wouldn't seem to me that Australia has a problem staying warm.
Homeowner Alex Cheimets shows the two-inch-thick insulation on his house in Arlington, Mass. Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009. Cheimets' house is part of a super insulation pilot project designed to conserve energy and control heating and cooling costs for the homeowner. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

The timing could not have been better for the story of the super insulation research taking place in Arlington Massachusetts and the team of supporters and sponsors behind it. The story hits after several days of "tuchas" freezing weather across great swaths of the United States, and just days before Barack Obama takes his place, and turns the page on alternative energy and conservation and our expectations of government and ourselves.

Also picked up by the websites of the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Worcester Telegram, WHDH channel 7, CW channel 56, Examiner.com, The Danbury CT News Times, Fosters Daily Democrat of NH, The Day from New London, CT,


Valdemar from Iceland said...

Hi there, I just had to comment on your project. I live in Iceland and as you might expect, it gets mighty cold up here :) So we are forced to build *real* houses, meaning foot thick concrete and another 4 inches of insulation (usually rockwool). Our houses are cheap to heat and even if it's 10 below you may not even have to turn the heat on at all, your body heat is enough to heat a small room. We use double or triple glass in the windows also.

A typical house foundation in Iceland (residential house):
you can see the concrete with the steel binding sticking up, and the rockwool insulation on the outside... and some snow :) The insulation is then covered up, usually with steel or aluminum sheets, or another layer of concrete.

Super Insulator said...

Obviously "Iceland" is an example of truth in advertising. It's a shame that Valdemar signed in anonymously.
Valdemar is referring to homes "forced" to be built new to meet the particular demands of the local climate. Our building codes still do not require us to do that here. What are we waiting for???

This website follows the retrofit of a house built on the cheap, when every heating problem could be solved by another ton of coal and an open window.