Thursday, April 30, 2009

Michael McDonough, architect and creator of the e-House, and Elias Dagher, founder and senior principal of Dagher Engineering, discuss the e-House and the innovative systems used in this experimental, sustainable house in the Mid-Hudson Valley.


Elias Dagher and Michael McDonough

Comments [8]

Michael McDonough from NYC

Surpass Amory Lovins? E-House AC is still in testing but seems to be net-zero cost so far; Scarce water? E-House AC requires small amount of water but consumes none; Cooking? Get the best (most conductive) posts & pans you can afford--wok is one of the best; Offices? Zero-energy offices are possible; Cost? Hard to say exactly at this point, but if you have a well and ducting in your house, this would be a low cost add-on; Temp? Our water tested at 49 to 54 F; system works at 58F

Apr. 30 2009 12:44 PM
Peter Ungar from New Rochelle, NY

It is 55 degrees F deep underground in NY because that is about the yearly average temperature. In countries without cold seasons the soil and the water, if any, under the house is not cold enough for air conditioning.

Apr. 30 2009 12:07 PM
Jane from Bronx

How much would it cost to have the e-house air conditioning installed for an average person?

Apr. 30 2009 11:52 AM
JT from Long Island

How far are we from having the innovations of the eHouse and it's cooling system affordable for an *average* priced home? These ideas are interesting but not helpful if the average home owner can't afford them.

Apr. 30 2009 11:38 AM
Che from Soho

I've noticed a huge up-surge in e-housing, but is there anything in regards to e-architecture and lifestyles for office building?

Apr. 30 2009 11:38 AM
Michael West from Green Wood Heights, Brooklyn

Waste is a tremendous issue. What about my current home? I cook with natural gas. My stove has burners of different outputs, but even using them wisely I waste a great deal of heat energy. Is there some way to reduce the waste or perhaps use the excess?

Apr. 30 2009 11:37 AM
kai from NJ-NYC

What fluid coolant would be used in more arid, water scarce areas, such as Pakistan?

Cool ground air?

Apr. 30 2009 11:34 AM

Will eHouse surpass Amory Lovins heating bill of less that $5/month
and actually put more out on ConEd's grid than a typical resident would use.

... house he designed is so energy-efficient its monthly heating bill is just $5.

Apr. 30 2009 11:24 AM

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