Friday, July 21, 2006

Summer In the Wine Country

Can I say it has been hot. DAMN HOT! This is from Friday, July 21st.



To cool myself off, I dug these pictures out of the vineyards in different seasons. This is the view from the courtyard.


The daily temp has been above 100 degrees for about 10 straight days. The house (with no airconditioning) stays in the upper 70s' most of the time. Late in the day it can creep up to 80-82 degrees. If I had blinds or curtains the temp would stay in the 70s' all day. Cooling the house is as simple as opening up the windows at night. The house cools to 72-74 degrees by 8am. That said, even with the house performing this way, air conditioning is still needed. If only to cool off the house when it has not been opened up for a few days. Thanks again to Dave Exline for ignoring the energy calculations that were done for the house. After re-reading them, it was clear that air conditioning was needed, even going so far as to spec out the exact unit needed.

I have been thinking of posting the energy calculations, engineering plans, roof, foundation, and electrical plans online. I also have some documentation on a particular construction defect lawsuit. If there is serious enough interest, please let me know.

Have a great weekend.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

After the hell you have gone through with that moron who claims to be a "contractor", of course post the details!

Dawn said...

Oops, I didn't intend to comment anonymously previously. I'm in utter shock that you are surviving in Africa heat with no AC!

Anonymous said...

Have missed laughing, and the info is great!
Get the bow ready, and I'll help bale.