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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Motors Matter

Author: Jeanne Byrne
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July 01, 2000

These underappreciated - but growing - consumers of household energy deserve more attention. [continue reading]

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UL Sets Standards for Indoor Air Quality

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November 01, 1999

How do we regulate the amounts of indoor air pollutants that are allowed to build up in the houses we live in? The answer is: We don't. [continue reading]

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Building a Boiler Side-Arm

Author: Michael Lamb
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November 01, 1999

A boiler is generally more fuel efficient than a standard gas water heater, especially when the boiler is fully loaded. [continue reading]

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Fuel Use in Multifamily Buildings

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November 01, 1999

Multifamily buildings with more than five units make up about 17% of all U.S. housing, yet scant information exists on the fuel use of these building in specific locations (see "Multifamily Statistics"). [continue reading]

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Ground Source Heat Pumps Dig In

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September 01, 1999

Ground source heat pumps (sometimes called geothermal heat pumps, Geo-Exchange Systems, or GHPs) most often exchange heat with the ground by means of a ground heat exchanger. [continue reading]

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Dangerous Heater Parts Recalled

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July 01, 1999

In 1997, Cadet Manufacturing in Vancouver, Washington, issued a recall notice on some of its electric in-wall heaters. The heaters contain limit switches that have been identified as a fire hazard by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). [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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