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Better Building at West Coast Conference

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January 01, 1998

At some building trade shows, attendees are more interested in the new line of V-8 trucks than in anything related to green building and energy efficiency. [continue reading]

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5 Steps to Tract Home Success

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March 01, 1998

Making energy efficiency improvements in a tract home development isn't easy. Not only does the builder have to know how any changes will affect all of the house systems, but all of the subcontractors have to be re-educated. [continue reading]

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'Affordable' Quality

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March 01, 1998

Promoters of whole-house diagnostics and construction have always puzzled over one question: how can you get subcontractors with expertise in various areas to work together, ensuring that the various systems they are responsible for (insulation, framing, HVAC, windows) work with all the other systems in a house? [continue reading]

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Candle Makers Take Heat on Ghosting

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March 01, 1998

In the Jan/Feb issue of Home Energy, we reported on the causes of so-called ghosting stains in houses. Frank Vigil of Advanced Energy, along with other building scientists, concluded that these stains are often caused by soot, primarily soot from burning candles. [continue reading]

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SIPs Face the Skeptics

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March 01, 1998

On a balmy Saturday morning last August in Sedro-Wooley, Washington, a group of volunteers and construction professionals set out to build a house, and finish before game time on Sunday. They would use structural insulated panels (SIPs), a 45-year-old method and material that most builders still view with skepticism. [continue reading]

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