What to do after you've spent a year and a half building a super insulated building, so air tight it's poured in concrete?
Drill big fat holes in it of course!
We've entered my most dreaded phase of building.
It's utility time.
I despise this stage because there is so much work, so much money invested ... but you can't see it. In other words, you aren't getting a finished project. You are getting what looks like a freeway interchange of pipes to be hidden inside your walls. It's going to be a long few weeks of drilling holes in the interior walls of the Momplex and pushing pipes and vents through, and later pulling wires though.
Where to start? These are the systems we will have in the Momplex:
- HRV (heat recovery ventilation)
- Plumbing Water Supply (hot and cold)
- Plumbing Drainage
- Phone/Telecommunication/Internet/Stereo/Cable or Satellite TV/Etc
- Central Vacuum (have you seen the automatic dustpans?)
- Heat System and Thermostats
- Dryer Vents
I know, these new houses are really getting complicated! But a little work now will sure be nice for Mom later on!
So where to start?
Because everything has to run in the walls or floor joists, sharing the same space, starting with the biggest pipes makes the most sense.
And the HRV system has the biggest pipes at 6" in diameter.
An HRV system basically pulls stale or moist air out of the home, and as it goes out, it exchanges with the new air coming in, warming that new air up. So it's more controlled and efficient than cracking a window.
To make sure we had a balanced HRV system, that works optimally and keeps the air fresh, dry and warm, we worked with a local ventilation company that engineers the design and supplies the parts and oversees you DIYing the installation. By going the DIY route, we are getting the best possible system, but saving over $3000.
Are you wondering how we run a 6" pipe through a 2x4 wall?
Well, you squish the pipe of course!