A house with no furnace? You betcha

  • Article by: MATT McKINNEY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 12, 2011 - 9:40 AM

Many houses are remodeled to save energy, but a local one takes it a step further.

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rshacklefordNov. 12, 11 1:14 AM

The idea is great but I thought houses do need to 'breathe' somewhat so the chemicals from paint, varnish, plastics, etc, do not stay in the home all the time. Correct me if I'm wrong here. I just vaguely recall that there is such a thing as a 'too good of a sealed house.'

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ihave2beniceNov. 12, 11 2:35 AM

I hope someone thought of how to air condition it in the 90+ degree days in the summer.

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redwingrebelNov. 12, 11 7:04 AM

rshackleford, if you read the article, it states he installed an air to air heat exchanger. Fresh air in, stale air out.

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pbrazeltonNov. 12, 11 7:21 AM

ihave2benice, the model says we won't need air conditioning. Do you believe that's possible? I have a hard time with it myself. We're planning a contingency if the model turns out to be wrong.

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bippy742Nov. 12, 11 7:24 AM

What an amazing amount of work! I'd be interested to know the cost, from start to finish. I don't remember reading that in the article. Ambitious folk (and brave).

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eman2002Nov. 12, 11 7:36 AM

Better to fight this war for energy than the ones overseas!

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fwallenNov. 12, 11 7:43 AM

It would be of great interest if research will be able to tell us which modifications produced the greatest benefit. Not everyone can afford a major project at one time. But if you knew where the benefits were greatest, you could prioritize and make improvements over a few years.

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highbridgerNov. 12, 11 7:43 AM

I think this is great. And as far as air conditioning goes, our old house is well-insulated and we have room-darkening blinds for during the day when we are gone. People always enter the house on hot days and say "Ahhh....air conditioning!" when we don't spend a penny on it. Brazeltons, I don't even know you but you are leaders. Congratulations.

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demonspawnNov. 12, 11 7:59 AM

And the best thing was that they did this without the "benefit" of government mandates.

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george13Nov. 12, 11 8:29 AM

Is this green?

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