Attics & Crawl Spaces

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Attics & Crawl Spaces

Attics and crawls are not appendages but integral organs of the system

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Reflective Walls

Author: Danny Parker
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May 06, 2009

In research spanning two decades, the record shows that reflective roofs on houses reduce cooling loads. Generally, at the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), where I do research, we have found cooling energy savings from ... [continue reading]

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Carpenter's Omission

Author: Zolton Cohen
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May 06, 2009

My wife and I moved into our 1917 American Foursquare house 21 years ago. Before the first winter, we had a contractor blow the sidewalls full of insulation. While he was doing the job, he remarked that ... [continue reading]

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The Chimney Balloon

Author: Mark Furst
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March 09, 2009

Most homeowners like to have the option of using the fireplace once in a while. I operate Grading Spaces LLC, Home Inspection and Performance Analysis, serving residences in southern Wisconsin since 2002. It’s the ... [continue reading]

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Superinsulating My Old House

Author: John Krigger
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January 03, 2009

Aging office worker tackles challenging superinsulated retrofit and lives to tell about it. [continue reading]

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Window Labels: Missing in Action

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September 07, 2008

Thermal certification field labeling is simple, and inexpensive, when a knowledgeable representative from the window manufacturer is involved. [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]

Energy Innovation

Rick Barnett

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Space conditioning is the biggest piece of the residential energy pie, and thermal shell improvement is a homeowner's best opportunity ...

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Marlene Taylor

The Future is Now—Or At Least Nearer with ORNL’s 3D-Printed House and Car

Energy supplies and efficiency in new home construction took an interesting turn when researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) ...

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