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3799 Main St. #87024
Atlanta, GA 30337


Advanced residential construction and home improvement consulting and owner's advocacy in Atlanta, using the latest building performance diagnostic and modeling techniques and tools. Airtightness, insulation, HVAC, ventilation, moisture, and air quality and EMF consulting for homeowners and building professionals alike.

Mastermind Wk1: Client Simulation

Respond to Tatiana, MASTERMIND.

Later, I’ll show you how you approached this scenario, which is a terrific learning exercise.

Tatiana wrote:

“Thank you so much for your very helpful website. I found it last night and couldn't believe my luck- you seem to be very knowledgable about the performance of all kinds of homes!

I was part-way through building a tiny house on wheels when I became extremely ill from mold exposure in a water damaged building. Turns out the tiny house was cross-contaminated and now I am doing demolition/remediation ...basically gutting the whole interior back to the studs/sheathing and down to the trailer.

Obviously this is devastating, but on the bright side it does give me an opportunity to rebuild in a smarter way to prevent future nightmares. I could really use some help with insulation, ventilation and heating/cooling decisions, especially since they are all interrelated.

To make matters more complex, I was building the tiny house in the first place because I have chemical sensitivity and had to create a safe place to live - so on top of extreme mold sensitivity, I am also limited to VOC free materials or the strategic use of vapor barriers. Super challenging when trying to figure out "tight" vs. "breathing" with respect to wall/roof/floor systems, materials and air quality.

Anyway, this is more or less "what is up"! I live in rural Vermont and have not been able to find anyone locally with the combination of building science and construction knowledge that I feel need to be able to move forward with my design/build with confidence.

Please let me know if you would be willing to consult, and how you might recommend we move ahead?”