first, a quick update….construction continues to crawl toward completion. cabinets have been installed; concrete countertops are in-process; interior painting is scheduled to be completed soon; backyard landscaping, patio and fencing should be completed next week; and, other odds and ends are falling into place. HOPEFULLY, by this time next week the galvanized steel stair will be installed! so, in spite of the quiet here at the blog (my social media has been suffering lately due to time constraints), we have been pressing toward completion, albeit later than we had hoped for, but….
our awesome galvanized metal gutter and downspouts were installed a few weeks ago. they’ve added a nice level of techno-detail to exterior. in addition to looking pretty cool, they’ll direct roof run-off into a rainwater collection system (rain barrels) for use in watering the gardens and lawn.
nice gutter/downspout configuration at front entry court. cool photo, too.
more very cool hardware at downspout.
downspout installation will appear more sensible when rain barrel(s) and fence are installed.
gotta love those gutter brackets!
Downeast Gutters from aurora, maine installed the gutter system. their voicemail greeting is “if you need her, we got her”. BUT, you MUST use wicked good downeast accent. if you do, then it goes something like this “if you needah, we gottah”. so, “got her”….”gottah” = gutter! got it?!
WHAT: U.S. Green Building Council – Maine Chapter. Green Eggs (a monthly breakfast forum featuring a speaker and topic relevant to green buildings).
WHEN: Wednesday, June 5 at 7:30 a.m.
WHERE: Maine Audubon, Gilsland Farm Education Center, 20 Gilsland Farm Rd, Falmouth, ME.
I will be presenting a case study entitled Universal Design and LEED. The presentation will share insights re: design and construction of 363HOUSE.
A house tour will be conducted on Friday, June 7 from 4 -6 p.m.
Hope to see you there!
Learn more at www.maineusgbc.org
SLOWLY, the corrugated galvalume metal siding is making its way onto the exterior walls. after months of looking at housewrap and a grid work of overlapping 1×3 strapping, the house is receiving its outer layer of skin. it looks great; it’s durable; requires no maintenance; has high recycled content; is 100% recyclable; and, my client LOVES it!
Solar Hot Water is up and running. We’re making hot water!
Hot water tank. Glycol mixture is heated at the solar panels on the roof and pumped through the copper pipes which are connected to a coil in the bottom of the tank. The coil heats the water in the tank.
This monitor tells us that the glycol temp at the collectors on the roof is 156.3°F. The temperature in the tank was 139°F. Readings were taken yesterday morning at 9AM.
Solar PV is up and running, too. Yup, we’re making electricity!!!!
This is the inverter. It converts the DC electricity generated by the PV panels into AC electricity. Yeah, I know, you might think it would be called a converter, huh? But, a converter changes AC into DC. As I type this, I’m simultaneously shrugging shoulders and rolling eyes! Kindly note that geek-O feedback that will further understanding on this point is DEFINITELY welcome. ;-)
As of yesterday, Mr. Sun (with a little help from some silicon, aluminum, etc.) has saved 339.8 lbs CO2 since being activated – sorry, I don’t know when activation occurred. A more detailed blog post on all things energy-related is forthcoming. BTW, gotta love the name of the inverter – SUNNY BOY! (man, the marketing-types were thinkin’ overtime on that one!).
Revision Energy of Portland is our renewable energy consultant/contractor (you can find their contact info on the “team” page). 363HOUSE will be featured in Revision’s June email newsletter.