At The Off Grid Prefab SIPs House It Snowed, Sun Shined... We Are Hoping Spring Is Here. With bonus arm wrestling and art critiques thrown in.
Yes, it snowed, again at the off grid prefab house.
Yes, it is the end of March.
Yes, I sent the chickens out and told them not to come back without spring.
|Snow: All gone.|
Then it rained all weekend. With sleet.
Sheesh. What weather.
contractors, there are still many of them, who sway people into stick built with batt insulation, asserting it's cheaper, without comparing the value that would have been ADDED through products such as we use in our own prefab houses, like SIP (structural insulated panels).
[Check out an energy use calculator that compares traditional building vs. SIP. ]
This week I spoke with someone about the lawsuits that are arising over spray foam insulation, and the detailed cases of off gassing...
They also mentioned the problems you can get from spray foam shrinkage, whereas with SIP you see what you are getting vs. a contractor using batt insulation or spray foam.
From Lloyd Alter:
"Curtis doesn't doubt that spray foam manufactures have tested their products thoroughly in the lab. She said the real problem is installing the product in an uncontrolled environment, or in other words, real homes. Curtis estimates that five percent of spray foam jobs have problems. 'You don't want that to be your home.'
If something does go wrong, spray foam is extremely difficult to remove because it adheres so well to walls and studs. 'Removing it is just as dangerous as having it installed in your home,' said Curtis, particularly because the dust may contain unreacted toxins and is difficult to control."
That's not to say SIP are perfect- SIPs are not made of cotton denim or sheep's wool or spider webs sprinkled with fairy dust- I am always researching effective, energy efficient, strong, and affordable green building solutions that transfer effectively into an extremely energy efficient yet affordable house kit; and currently, SIP fit that best.
Years after my own SIP house was erected, I am noting daily the energy efficiency, durability, and solid performance the panels provide.
If you would like to see our own energy audit of our own prefab house, click here.
With all the rain, we had to keep ourselves entertained, inside...
There was cookie baking...
|Apparently this cereal box "hat" helps him think.|
|Um, that's on your bed...|
Time for ticklin' the ivories, singin' the blues...
With our desire for spring to finally arrive, Sister sends this in from the new show, Turn, she has been working on:
|"Clothes lines were used to help signal a new message for spies..."|
I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In "modern" days, the simple right to have clotheslines is seen as a subversive action by many neighborhood associations, so it tickles me that in the days when they were what everybody did that even then they still had an opportunity to be renegades.
FINALLY, the sun came out at the off grid prefab, and SPRING SHONE!!!
- Bike and ped trails have brought $100 million to Indianapolis #
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)
The Starry Night Date:Saint Rémy, June 1889Medium:Oil on canvas
- Agnes Martin
Untitled #14, 1984, Acrylic and Graphite on Canvas
"I think this student did a great job on their experience- it wasn't like looking it up on the web it was actually going to a museum, and having a guide telling you all the interesting things and secrets about her and her artwork. I loved how the student explained everything.
The first thing that caught my attention was that the painting looked almost like a towel pattern. Actually I almost wanted to roll it up and take it to the beach and lie down on it and look at all the patterns. I really think the student did a great job on this.
I don't see activity or noise, I see light though...in some corners there is the feel of a faint glow of radiant light. Actually the way I would describe the painting is A Towel With Luster. It does have some luster. This painting looks very delicate. I enjoy looking at this painting it's like meditation, that color..."
[Copeland's note: I'm cocking my head at this painting, going, "WHERE'S THE PAINTING?!?"]
- The Arrival of the Stagecoach
Louis- Léopold Boilly - 1803
"I think the student finished this assignment very well- there was a lot of detail about the painting and they really expressed it. It's as if they are reading it from a book- they are describing the characters and everything around them.
The thing that took me longer to discover were the horses in the background and they were kind of shaded into the painting to blend in, my eye first focused the stagecoach because that was what I was looking for, because that was in the title, then the brightness on the people."