Robb Aldrich

Robb Aldrich and Carl Shapiro are engineers with Steven Winter Associates (SWA) in Norwalk, Connecticut.

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The Challenges of Basement Insulation

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January 01, 2006

A study explored how effective interior insulation systems are at keeping basements dry as well as warm. [continue reading]

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Toward an Affordable Zero-Energy Home

Author: Robb Aldrich
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September 07, 2008

Rural Development, Incorporated (RDI) is recognized nationally as a leader in developing and building sustainable and affordable housing; part of RDI’s mission is to provide efficient, healthy, affordable homes to residents of Franklin ... [continue reading]

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Wisdom Way Solar Village

Author: Robb Aldrich
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March 09, 2009

It takes a village in this Massachusetts community to create sustainable, affordable housing. [continue reading]

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What's New in Water Heating?

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September 02, 2012

State-of-the-art heat pump water heaters join the scene. [continue reading]

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Water Heating in All-Electric Homes

Author: Robb Aldrich
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April 30, 2016

When I started working in the home energy field (in the mid-1990s), I never imagined I’d be suggesting that all-electric homes could be among the most efficient, sustainable, and practical choices in ... [continue reading]

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Window Shade Study Shows Positive Results

Window Shade Study Shows Positive Results

Robb Aldrich

It’s no secret that windows are a liability when it comes to heat loss in homes. Conductance of quality insulated, low-e windows is typically 0.30-0.35 Btu/ft2hrF, or about R-3. If installed in a wall that performs at R-20, heat lost through windows is 6-7 times higher (per unit area) than heat loss through the rest of the wall. Various window treatments have been used for years to reduce this loss ... [continue reading]

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