Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip

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Weather-Stripping Windows with V-Strip

An in-depth window study on six homes compares the effectiveness of plastic vs. metal weatherstripping.

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Storm Windows Save Energy

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July 01, 2000

Although new, high-performance windows are the ideal, simply putting up storm windows in the wintertime can be a very effective alternative. [continue reading]

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Wrap It Up: Building Houses with the Skin on the Outside

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November 01, 1999

Most techniques for creating a tight building envelope in residential construction focus on how to create a continuous air barrier on the interior of the building's frame. [continue reading]

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Calculating Whole Wall R-Values on the Net

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November 01, 1999

In 1995, approximately 85% of U.S. residential housing was stick built. While energy-efficient walls can be built with dimensional lumber, it takes careful design and construction to achieve this. [continue reading]

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Unventing Attics In Cold Climates

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November 01, 1999

As Home Energy readers know, venting attics in hot, humid climates brings a great deal of moisture into the structure (see "Conditioned Attics Save Energy in Hot Climates," HE May/June '97, p. 6). Not venting the attic avoids this problem. [continue reading]

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New Value for High-Mass Walls

Author: Jan Kosny
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September 01, 1999

In certain climates, construction of massive building envelopes--such as concrete, earth, and insulating concrete forms (ICFs)--can be one of the most effective ways of reducing building heating and cooling loads. [continue reading]

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Hot Topics Covered at Thermal VII Conference

Author: Don Otto
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May 01, 1999

Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Buildings is unique in that it gives equal recognition to the principles and the practical applications of building science research. All of the presentations at this conference, in fact, are assigned to one of two parallel tracks--Principles or Practices. [continue reading]

Sense and Survivability: How Evolution Shapes Design Decisions

Samuel Pobst

Sense and Survivability: How Evolution Shapes Design Decisions

The 3.8 billion years of evolution of the DNA strand that uniquely identifies the human genome has invested in humanity a ...

Energy Analysis: So Much to Know...

Shawna Henderson

Energy Analysis: So Much to Know...

It's hard to wrap your head around the amount of number crunching that goes into energy analysis, and how to ...

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