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.

Heating & Cooling Systems EXPLAINED: What EVERY homeowner MUST know before they buy.

Submitted by office on Wed, 07/28/2021 - 16:15

Far too often, we come across clients in Nashville, TN who think they have invested in a high efficiency variable speed HVAC system. We regret informing them that instead, they have a basic, standard efficiency single stage unit. Folks aren't thrilled to hear the news because in their mind, they spent extra on something that was supposed to be more energy efficient.

Why does the mix-up occur? 

Much of the confusion has to do with terminology and understand the components of the HVAC system.

Diagnostic Testing Services: FAQs

Submitted by office on Mon, 07/26/2021 - 17:50

If you are here, you must have browsed our website long enough to find information on our Diagnostic Assessment Services. If you haven't found that link on our home page yet, CLICK HERE to learn more. Or, perhaps you inquired via phone and spoke to one of our building scientists. Great! 

Electric Cars Alone Won't Save the Planet. Here's Why.

Submitted by office on Mon, 05/10/2021 - 11:33

We at E3 INNOVATE love our cars... if you didn't know already. And, although we try not to play favorites, our electric vehicles hold a special place in our heart. That's because they represent the early adoption of the shift toward electrified (and hopefully someday) solar-powered transportation.

However, as much as we advocate for electric cars and car-charging stations, we know that electric cars alone won't save the planet. We MUST address the energy consumption of our homes, too

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.