Since early January, construction has been stymied by weather. It was the wettest January ever in Oklahoma. We have had water in the basement hole continuously since Christmas. The water was pumped out last Thursday, February 11. On President’s Day, work began on building the footer framing. The first truck, of more than 70 loads, of concrete is scheduled for delivery tomorrow, February 17 at 11:00 am. Another 8 days without rain or snow would really be nice.
We are still struggling with the Kiva fireplace. We’ve been told “USGBC Platinum houses cannot have any wood burning fireplaces. NAHB Green Program requires an EPA certified fireplace.” However, we understand that if the home meets EPA Energy Star with Indoor AirPLUS requirements the home will qualify for USGBC Indoor Environmental Quality points. We have been in contact with Mr. David Price of the EPA. He believes it’s possible to have a functioning wood burning Kiva fireplace that will meet the standards. Mr. Price developed the technical specifications for EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Label for new homes and field guidance for builders, HVAC professionals and energy raters implementing the Label’s specifications. He also serves on the ANSI Committee developing the NAHB/ICC National Green Building Standard.