Archive for June 17th, 2009

Attending PCBC in San Francisco

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Ian and Bryan left for PCBC in San Francisco and then went to Via Sereno to set up the Davis weather station.

Attending PCBC

This was the first day of the Pacific Coast Builders Conference at Moscone Center in San Francisco.  Bryan attended the same show in June 2008.  It was a bit smaller this year.

The objective of attending the show was to make contacts with companies that are bringing innovative building products to market and could be interested in having their products included in our project.

Specifically, we were looking for:

  • Glass panels for the Bridge Hall
  • Closed and open cell spray foam
  • Engineered lumber (beams)
  • Structural insulated panels
  • Radiant heating and cooling materials
  • Reflective materials
  • Windows
  • Cable railing systems and hardware

This was the first of three days.  Bryan will be back.

Ian at the Canadian lumber booth.  Note the Rock Star.

Ian at the Canadian lumber booth. Note the Rock Star.

Setting up the Weather Station

The Davis weather station that we bought in December 2008 had not been set up.  The purpose of getting a weather station was to obtain accurate and local weather data so we could ensure our house was designed properly for local conditions, and then to help measure the performance of the home.

Setting up the weather station has been on ‘the list’ for some time.  Ian’s visit was the perfect opportunity to make it happen.

Laying out the parts, and reading the instructions.

Laying out the parts, and reading the instructions.

Ian doing some fine-tuning of the weather station.

Ian doing some fine-tuning of the weather station.

Ian posing proudly with the newly installed weather station (note the Miller Lite).

Ian posing proudly with the newly installed weather station. Note the Miller Lite.

Weather station is now logging data!

Weather station is now logging data!