[GSBN] energy efficiency.

Rene Dalmeijer rdalmeij at mac.com
Fri May 19 04:39:16 CDT 2017


Nehemiah,

I agree the newspaper is not looking for nuance but a very general figure. I expect compared to average practice in Spain a savings of 50% is achievable. Besides the fact that strawbale is probably the most bang for the buck available insulation material available it also offers a high level of comfort, summer and winter. The sensation of being in a strawbale house is quite unique.   

Basking in the reclaimed swamp at the mouth of the Rhine
Rene Dalmeijer

> On May 15, 2017, at 18:52, Nehemiah Stone <nehemiah at stoneenergyassc.com> wrote:
> 
> It might be important to remember that this is a newspaper reporter, and remember who her/his audience is. The reporter is likely looking for a sweeping, usually and generally accurate, estimate. While the nuances of “compared to what?”, and “in what climate?”, are important for builders, energy geeks, and clients who are considering their immediate home-building options, for a newspaper article, those details are in the weeds. 
> I suggest that you give her/him a range, like “between 20% and 50%.” You should tell the reporter that there are a lot of variables that can affect how big that percentage is, but unless this reporter also writes for a more technical journal, s/he is not likely to want to get into that level of detail.




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