The Search for Thermal Comfort

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The Search for Thermal Comfort

In the beginning there was woman and man, naked; I assume. The body’s core temperature is stable at about 98 °F. In an outdoor environment with a temperature between 65 to 102 °F, a ...

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DOE's Home Case Study - It's All in the (Envelope) Details

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June 30, 2014

“It can’t be done.” Those words were enough to motivate building science educator and consultant Tom Fullam of Vassalboro, Maine, to build his first high-performance house. The home achieved a HERS ... [continue reading]

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Electronic Tape Measures

Author: Paul Raymer
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February 28, 2014

I visited several big-box stores and my local hardware store to collect information for this article on electronic tape measures. The dust on top of some of the packages was pretty thick, and there was ... [continue reading]

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Where Were You 30 Years Ago?

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January 07, 2014

I am writing this from Phnom Penh, where I am planning a regional meeting called Energy Wise: Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Services in Cambodia and Indochina. The meeting will bring together CEOs and business leaders ... [continue reading]

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What's New with Manometers?

Author: Paul Raymer
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December 30, 2013

Imagine leaving your manometer in the basement while you are doing a combustion appliance zone (CAZ) test and then walking around the house, turning on fans, adjusting doors, energizing the air handler, all while you ... [continue reading]

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DOE's Challenge Home

Author: Steve Mann
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December 29, 2013

Although our federal government is notorious for bad decision making (or no decision making), sometimes it does good work. One example is Energy Star. Energy Star, a federal certification program with many facets, is one ... [continue reading]

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Contributors

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December 29, 2013

Dean Gamble “A Case Study in Coordination: Energy Star Partners and HVAC Contractors” While writing his article, Gamble learned something very important about the relationship between HERS raters and HVAC contractors. “A ... [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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