Going Green to Save
What is DAC-Art?
Geothermal Air Conditioning
Instant Water Heater
Energy Efficient Windows
No need for
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
WARNING!!!! Geothermal Heat
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.
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
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.
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
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
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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