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How We Turned Our House Into a Giant Foam Box

Summer 2018
A version of this article appears in the Summer 2018 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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June 13, 2018
My wife Wen Lee and I are in the midst of renovating our rather generic three-bed, two-bath, 1,400 ft2 suburban Pasadena area home to be net zero energy. At the outset I decided it would be a good and reasonable idea to do most of the work myself, not realizing how presumptuous and arrogant it was to think that I could quickly learn multiple design and building trades and do competent work. So inevitably here we are now two years into a one-year-long project. Things are progressing, albeit s-l-o-w-l-y.

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