Roy Clarke wrote:Write to your climate-change-friendly senator and get them to take it up.
R Scott wrote:
UGH. There has to be a better way than MORE .gov
Christopher Harrison wrote:I especially liked the part of the podcast where Ernie, Erica and Paul were talking about how you can find many engineers who are actually interested in helping to push rocket mass heaters, and other natural building techniques, more into the mainstream so that they are not held hostage by outdated, overly-constrictive building codes.
I liked it because... I am one of those engineers. I'm licensed in New York State (with the plan to expand to NJ and PA, possibly CT as well) and will be constructing a rocket mass heater for my basement in the next year or two, time allowing. I plan to develop plans of my heater and apply my stamp to certify those plans in order to help pacify any inspection requirements. Please note: I've read Ianto's book and read up other sources on RMHs over the internets, and I'm planning to put in a straightforward design directly based on those sources as opposed to "innovating" without mastering the basics first.
If anyone else out there is interested in coordinating similar efforts, or is actually engaged in this sort of thing, I'd love to link up and discuss further. Thanks!
Ernie Wisner wrote:Current code in most places could allow a RMH however; the insurance wont. the typical RMH is not under epa classification as a wood stove due to weight. testing an RMH is hard because they simply cannot eat enough wood to fall into the testing criteria. We are currently working on getting RMH code in portland oregon but that is taking time.
Any efforts in other parts of the country are welcome. we can share our experiences and drawings code write ups ETC. with folks who are trying to get them coded and insured. Yes we wrote the inspection criteria and code our selves cause no one else was qualified. We find this terribly ironic.
Ernie Wisner wrote:it has been done but it doesn't work out so well. it also doesn't make one whit of difference to the insurance company because the fire is still close to the house.
extending the burn tunnel makes you have to extend the heat riser. the barrel in the house can be dressed up pretty well if you just use your imagination.
pretty much you need to work with your building code and insurance folks. In Canada i dont think this is all that hard to do. at least from what i have heard.
thanks for your interest.
Christopher Harrison wrote: I'm licensed in New York State (with the plan to expand to NJ and PA, possibly CT as well) and will be constructing a rocket mass heater for my basement in the next year or two...