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  1. #14
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    Jul 2012
    Western KY
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    I wonder if they are spec homes. Perhaps they are drawn that way and HVAC contractor simply giving them what they requested. Doesn't make it rite but I have seen it. Worked on many habitat for humanity homes and that's how they are. Typically all material is there already and they hand you a drawing, thank you for your time, and cut you loose.

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    Feb 2004
    New Mexico
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    Most GC's building track resi are in the volume business. Most buyers only know a few questions like what's the insulation rating or how long is the warranty. A GC can brag about the things they know will be asked and ignore the rest. Recent studies claim flex run in a unconditioned space can use 20-25% more energy. But it's cheaper than thinking a better solution. I once asked a large GC who always took the low number "How do you control quality?" He looked at me as if I had two heads.
    On a brighter side there is a multi-state GC building homes here that works for high energy ratings. Apparently energy savings is selling for them. Until the customer demands a better building GC's will still dodge energy issues and distract buyers with granite counter tops. It's called by sales people as "Selling the sizzle instead of the steak."
    I should have played the g'tar on the MTV. MK

    You can be anything you want......As long as you don't suck at it.

    SMW Lu49

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