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Going Green to Save the Environment!

What is DAC-Art?
Geothermal Air Conditioning
Roofing Insulation
Instant Water Heater
Energy Efficient Windows
Viking Induction Cook-Top
No need for paint!


What is DAC-Art?

This website cannot pretend to convey all of the virtues of the building system used by the Goldens to construct their new home.  Instead we would recommend anyone interested in this system to visit Ted Dial's website to explore whether this system is right for you.  What we can say without any eqivocation is that we have thouroughly enjoyed the whole process of working with Ted Dial from the design phase through every step of the building process. It has been an experience that we would not have wanted to go through with anyone other than Ted.  He has been available and accessible throughout the construction process. He designed a beautiful home, manufactured its components, and was a complete pleasure to talk with about all aspects of the project.



WARNING!!!! Geothermal Heat Pump:-WARNING!!!!

Purchasing a Water Furnace Geothermal A/C unit was the biggest mistake made during the project. To this date the units have not operated properly. The installer and the manufacturer refuse to help us resolve the issues with the system. The inefficiency of the units has been very upsetting. The power bills have been through the roof and third parties consistantly reassure us the power consumption is coming from the A/C units. They have replaced bad coils, bad control board, thermostat, etc. Aside from high power bills, the units do not keep the house cool during the summer and warm during the winter. Temperature splits are only 5 degrees, which are very low for an A/C unit.    



Roofing Insulation

The Goldens intend to use an insulated roof system.  So far no decision has been made as they are discussing options with John Ruble of Bayou Plantation Homes.



Instant Water Heater

Instaed of using a hot water heater which stays on all of the time the water for the kitchen and bathrooms will be heated instantly with wall units installed in the mechanical room. This system has the added benefit of saving space which would otherwise be taken up be the water heater.



Energy Efficient Windows

See Kolbe for the insulated qualities of their windows.  Casements will be used throughout the house to catch breezes during pleasant evenings but must be constructed in such a way as to withstand Katrina hurricane force winds. 



Viking Induction Cook-Top

See the Viking Range website to compare induction to gas and standard radiant technolgies.  Professional chefs like induction ranges because the kitchen does not become intolerably hot during the process of creating a fabulous feast.  



No need for paint!

With stone walls inside and out there is very little to paint.  There is almost no waste generated in installing the concrete blocks.  Any broken pieces can be used for something else or crushed and used as fill.



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