Re: The End of the World as Advertised
The first thing you should do is insulate, insulate, insulate. But you said you’re going to do that…. If it’s that cold, put HEAPS in your roof space. Don’t know how you can fix the walls though. I find it astonishing that anyone would build a poorly insulated house in such conditions. Here in Australia we use (among many other types) cellulose insulation. It’s made of crumbled recycled newspaper treated against vermin and is fire resistant too. We have that in our roof. It’s usually pumped into cavities, and if you can find places at the top of the walls where you could pump it into your wall cavity that would be good. With brick veneer you should be able to get past all the noggins too.
A glass greenhouse on your S side would help convert solar energy into heat. It would have to be double (or even triple) glazed to be effective though as then you could store the heat.
OK, just checked out your mate’s website… bear in mind plastic won’t last forever, glass will (as long as you don’t break it!) If you’re going to go that way, then use two sheets of plastic to trap the heat. All that latticework will cause a lot of shading and reduce the amount of solar energy entering your house to warm it up…. so I don’t know how much of a good ide this is in your case.
Just found this cool site… http://www.ourcoolhouse.com/phase2.htm
When you mentioned a greenhouse, I thought you meant something like this: