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Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations (FPSF)/FindmeanInspector.com - 08/30/08 05:11 PM
Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations (FPSF) provides protection against frost damage without the need for excavating below the frost line. An FPSF has insulation placed strategically around the outside walls to direct heat loss from the building toward the foundation, and also to use the earth's natural geothermal energy.Traditionally, foundations are protected from frost-heaving damage by placing the footing below the frost line.Because FPSF are protected from freezing by thermal insulation, the bottoms of footings can be just 12 to 16 inches below grade. This reduces excavation costs, making it an economical alternative for protecting foundations against frost damage.Insulated footings have been used (0 comments)
Real Estate/Cement substitutes/Accurate Home Inspection of Atlanta - 08/26/08 10:41 AM
Producing cement uses a great deal of energy, so finding a waste product that can substitute for cement makes good environmental sense. According to Environmental Building News (EBN), as much greenhouse gas is created producing the Portland cement used in the U.S. as is created operating 22 million compact cars. In addition, the U.S. imports about 20% of the 100 million metric tons of cement it uses annually, adding to its cost and using more energy. Burning coal to make electric power creates a great deal of waste "fly ash," and a smaller amount of slag is created when producing iron (0 comments)
Real Estate blog/Hurricane Season/Accurate Home Inspection Atlanta - 08/24/08 08:36 AM
Do you know your flood risk?Call your local emergency management office, building department or floodplain management office for information about flooding. Ask to see a flood map of your community. There may be a projected flood elevation for your neighborhood. This information will help you determine how much water is likely to come in.Do you have enough flood insurance?Even if you have taken steps to protect your home from flooding, you still need flood insurance if you live in a floodplain. Homeowners' policies do not cover flood damage, so you will probably need to purchase a separate policy under the National (4 comments)
Proper Home Ventilation/Part 2/Findmeaninspector.com - 08/17/08 10:44 AM
Determining the Humidity Limits- Many people believe that 25 percent relative humidity as a lower level is still too high. The debate breaks predictably into several camps with the engineers (the aircraft people being the most vocal) arguing for no lower limit for health and only a discussion on comfort. Whereas the lung researchers and some MD's argue that until there is definitive research, why not keep the level high from a prudent avoidance perspective. This of course terrifies the microbiologists and mold researchers since higher lower limits clearly lead to mold growth in buildings and are associated with microbial contamination (1 comments)
Proper Home Ventilation/Part 1/Accurate Home Inspection of Atlanta - 08/08/08 04:51 PM
Building code inspector officals have been inconsistant in their reactions to the concerns about indoor air quality.Concerns about energy consumption in the 1970's forced many building code inspectors to severly restrict the amount of outside air used in the building.Indoor air quality concerns have reversed that trend,with some communties now insisting on very large amounts of outside air for wall cavity,and many other building applications. Building Pressurization-Outside air intrduced into a building and inside air exhausted to the outside are both forms of ventilation.Properly using and balancing each type of air is essential.Stack effect and wind influence a building's internal pressure.Stack (1 comments)
Electrical Home Fires National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical distribution was the largest cause of property damage wreaking $643.2 million in property damage in home structure fires,38300 reported home electrical fires resulted in 284 deaths, 1184 injuries and $668.8 million in direct property damage.49,200 heating equipment related home fires resulted in 388 deaths, 1,445 injuries and $515 million in property damage. In 2000, 18 home fires killed 5 or more people. These 18 fires resulted in 99 deaths, accounting for 3% of all home fire deaths. 14,300 clothes dryer fires, resulted in 19 (1 comments)
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