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In A Town Called Comfort, Only the Blind Can See
Copyright 2005, Robert Bean, All Rights Reserved

How vision interferes with our sense of comfort.

"I just finished watching Jamie Fox’s outstanding performance as Ray Charles and had the most extraordinary epiphany when Ray shows his wife their new mansion. How does a gifted blind man like Ray Charles show anything to anyone? Why with his others gifts of sound, smell, taste and touch. Ray the blind musician extraordinaire saw with his body – a lesson we must learn before we can appreciate interior environments for what they are." RB

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Past Issues of Robert's Rants include:

State of the Union (40 grit sandpaper version)
Comfort Standards – DO EXIST – Use Them
Women & Home Health
Your Boiler Room, Your Beast — Tame It
Head Hunting for Heating Help
Is Your HVAC System Making You Old?
Financing the Fringe

Past and Current Coast2Coast Reports from:

Geoff McDonell, P.Eng., LEED AP
Human Comfort Factors
The Importance of the Building Envelope for a Healthy Home
Energy and Control Issues Related to Radiant Slab Systems
Selecting Proper Windows For Your Climate Zone (08/05)
Residential Humidity Control for Radiant Conditioned Homes(09/05)
The Complete Comfort System (10/05)

Dave Yates
First Impressions, Phase I of Working with Contractors
The Sales Call, Phase 2 of Working with Contractors
You’re Fired!, Phase 3 of Working with Contractors(08/05)

Gary Hayden
The "Pain" of Not Knowing. You Have To Experience Radiant to Appreciate It

...also available at the solutions page:

Room Environment Parameters (.xls spreadsheet)
Water to Air Flow Load Comparison (.xls spreadsheet)
Building Guide for Older Adults (.pdf guide)
Recommended Floor Temperatures (.pdf slide)
How Much Space Does A Modern HVAC System Use? (.pdf slide)
Authoritative Drawing (.pdf slide)
Humidity & Your Health (.pdf slide)
Cooling & Ventilation Air (.pdf slide)
A Typical Health Wellness Comfort System (.pdf slide)
Building Guide Supplement 11 Point Checklist (.pdf guide)
Thermal Comfort Slides (.pdf slide show, CIPHEX West, 2004, Calgary)
Guide to Hardwood Floors and Radiant Heating (.pdf slide show)
The Great Water Heater vs Boiler Debate by Dave Yates (.pdf article)
Heat Transfer Plates in Radiant Floor Heating (.pdf article)
Boiler Rooms in a Box, Build it or Buy it (.pdf article)
Designing for Failure (.pdf article)
Interiors to Design For (.pdf article)
Evolution of Boiler Rooms in a Box (.pdf slide show, Great Lakes 2005, Toronto)
Radiant Walls part I(.pdf article)
Radiant Walls part II (.pdf article)
The Inefficiencies of Efficiency (.pdf article)
Snow Melting and Heat Exchangers (.pdf article)
Snow Melting Design (.pdf slide show ISH 2004, Boston)
Radiant Heating and Cooling (.pdf slide show, Great Lakes 2005, Toronto)
Vertically Integrated Systems (.pdf ASHRAE Journal Article, June 2005,)