Radon Stories from Nashville TN

Submitted by office on Mon, 01/15/2024 - 11:41

January is National Radon Awareness Month, so this year, we are sharing a few stories from local residence who worked with E3 INNOVATE to address radon concerns in their home. 

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S. and the #1 cause among people who have never smoked smoke. It is a radio-active gas that originates from the breakdown of uranium in the soil. There are no signs or symptoms of high radon levels in homes because this gas is invisible to our senses. That is why it is so important to test! 

Walking the Talk: Transforming a house into a sustainable healthy home

Submitted by office on Fri, 11/10/2023 - 16:59

E3 Innovate recently completed a renovation project on a home south of Nashville in the Green Hills area. The home was built in 2015 but one of the HVAC systems had already reached the end of its life and needed to be replaced. This prompted the homeowners to take action, after having gone through an entire summer without an HVAC system on their second floor! 

The #1 Misconception about Mold

Submitted by office on Mon, 09/25/2023 - 16:25

What's the big hype around mold? Is it bad for our health? One of the biggest misconceptions we hear regarding mold is that it's everywhere, so it can't be that bad for us.

Well, mold is everywhere, in every climate across the world. Its nature's composter. BUT, molds that are commonly found growing in a water-damaged building are different than the molds found outdoors.

Invisible Indoor Pollutants

Submitted by office on Wed, 01/18/2023 - 11:41

We generally think of indoor pollutants as either particulates coming from allergens or mold or from gasses like radon or VOCs. But other important indoor pollutants to consider are from electromagnetic sources. Electric fields, magnetic fields, radio frequencies, and even high energy blue light can have negative effects on the body. Surprisingly, researchers have been aware of these biological impacts for nearly 90 years.

The Whole is Greater than the Sum of Its Parts

Submitted by office on Wed, 01/18/2023 - 09:39

In 2008, The McDonnell’s were in the beginning stages of planning their forever home in historic Franklin, just south of Nashville TN. They were looking to incorporate green high-performance elements into the construction to make an energy efficient, healthy, and sustainable structure. The couple and their builder reached out to E3 INNOVATE to learn about the benefits of spray-foam insulation, sealed crawlspace systems, geothermal heating and cooling, whole-house ventilation using energy recovery ventilators (ERVs), and active radon mitigation systems. 
 

Is Moisture in a Crawlspace Inevitable?

Submitted by office on Wed, 11/10/2021 - 13:31

Recently, a homeowner reached out to E3 with a concern about moisture in his crawlspace. He and his young family have been living in the house for about four months and there is (already) significant moisture in the crawlspace.

After contacting his builder, the builder arranged for an inspector to take a look at the situation. 

The inspector made the comment that moisture in a crawlspace is like the sun setting in the west. It's "normal" and according to his statement, it's just a fact of life.

Net-Zero Energy Ready | Ashland City

Submitted by office on Fri, 09/03/2021 - 15:30

Homeowners Phil and Erica own 200 acres outside of Nashville, Tennessee near Ashland City. The land was inherited by Erica and her siblings from her mother, who had protected it from future sub-division with the Land Trust for Tennessee. Erica wanted to build a sustainable energy efficient home that would honor her mother's legacy and last generations into the future.

A Net-Zero Energy Ready Home in Ashland City, TN

Submitted by office on Mon, 04/05/2021 - 16:38

Starting the design of a new custom home can be exciting and daunting at the same time. Planning the layout, envisioning the view from the kitchen, and deciding where to put the solar panels are probably everyone’s favorite parts about building a custom high performance home.