Sustainable Roofing Solutions
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.Feb 5, 2018Verified
Having just moved into a house on the start of summer, my wife and I found it was unbearably hot on hot days, but really just in one room with a vaulted ceiling: the parts of the house covered by the regular, narrow attic were much cooler. I'd been looking into all house fans, but was concerned that they would not solve the problem in my house because they must be placed in the parts of the house without the heat problem and try to draw hot air down and around corners to reach its intake. I found a device made by a Massachusetts company, Tamarack Technologies, which would directly vent to the outside of the house and close shut at R10 insulation level when not in use. This seemed like the way to go. After failed attempts to get one-trick-pony whole house fan companies to step outside their boxes, I just ordered the unit so that now I could just go on Thumbtack and say "install this unit". Separately I got a quote from the company who last serviced the roof on the building, but the estimator basically told me they weren't interested in the project. Kasra at Sustainable Roofing Solutions was a breath of fresh air. Trained as an architect and an expert in passively efficient building designs, he listened and said I was spot on with my concerns about the air flow. He gave me good ideas about more common solutions to this problem - in particular suggesting a powered skylight. I very nearly returned the unit and went with his suggestion - until we discovered that the specific roof design of the house made a skylight less suitable. But once we had determined that was a dead end, I got enthusiastic, professional and capable work. All in all, the project came in on time and budget. I'm very satisfied with the outcome, and it has definitely made my home livable on hot days and the evenings after.Oct 10, 2016VerifiedKasra K.'s reply
Thank you much Sam for your support and intelligence! I really enjoyed getting this small but very interesting project done for you. I think it became clear that the fan is not so much designed ideally for a roof installation although I think you should have no problems because of the text book water proofing work you agreed to. All that the manufacturer would need to do is make the top side (roof side) of the unit another 2 to 6 inches taller but in any case I think it would take some kind of a natural disaster to make that thing temporarily leak. I look forward to an eventual follow up with you and possibly the manufacturer. For anyone who is reading, don't forget the adage we learned in school regarding passive lower tech architecture, 'Passive buildings (or semi-passive in this case) need active people..'. Passive buildings are cheaper, more intelligent and efficient and they keep you in better shape and healthy. My final conclusion: Only use as much technology as you need and explore your real needs. Best wishes.
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?Our shop rate is $85 per man hour at this time.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?Complimentary telephone consultation, analysis, question and answer session at start of process.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?Through many professional and trade associations including the American Institute of Architects.