The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

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The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

The debate on how best to treat crawl spaces has gone on for decades, and the building codes regulating crawl space design have constantly evolved. For a long time the entrenched thinking was to rely ...

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Let's Play Stump the Chump!

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March 28, 2013

Send in your stumpers! You know - that problem house, symptom or combination of symptoms that confounded the homeowner and challenged all your building science savvy to solve. Send BPI a description of the problem &... [continue reading]

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Air Sealing and the CAZ

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February 25, 2013

After I described how air can get sucked down the chimney and vent connector and flue, and out the draft diverter of the gas water heater, and into the basement, the mother, who was now ... [continue reading]

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Sales Up, Profits Down? Wondering Why?

Author: Tom Grandy
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January 11, 2013

To understand the phenomenon of sales being up and profits being down, you first have to understand how 90–95% of current company owners in our industry got started. This may not be your story, but ... [continue reading]

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Multifamily Ventilation Retrofits for Energy Savings

Author: Sean Maxwell
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November 01, 2012

Ever feel like something's missing from your multifamily audit? It could be the ventilation system. [continue reading]

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Optimizing Complex Residential HVAC Systems

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October 31, 2012

With today’s escalating energy costs, the residential construction industry is seeing the advantage of automated building controls as a means to help its customers save energy. Home builders, home performance contractors, and HVAC ... [continue reading]

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Incorporating Home Performance into HVAC

Author: Thomas Dolan
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October 31, 2012

On one hand, it would seem that for the HVAC contractor, incorporating home performance into his offering would be a natural progression. On the other hand, there are many obstacles to doing so, not least ... [continue reading]

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Erik Norwood

The Convergence of Technology in the Home

Huge changes are happening across a variety of industries that will significantly change the way we live. These include the ...

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

Mariel Wolfson

Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

While working on my upcoming article about California's owner-builder movement and its connection to today's tiny homes, I reconnected with ...

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