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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Refining Straw Bale R-values

Author: Mary James
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March 01, 1999

A new test of the thermal performance of a wall built with 19-inch straw bales laid flat revealed that the wall had an R-value of 27.5. [continue reading]

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Prefab Utility Walls Save Up-Front Costs

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March 01, 1999

A new product called the Residential Utility Core Wall (ResCore) can save from $500 to more than $2,000 in construction costs for site-built homes. [continue reading]

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The High-Performance House--What Does it Take?

Author: John Tooley
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March 01, 1999

Life is full of bumps and holes. But in a well-constructed house, no bumps or holes should interrupt the boundary between conditioned and unconditioned space or the barrier that prevents air movement between the outside and the inside. [continue reading]

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Choosing a Basement Wall System

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March 01, 1999

Twenty years ago, standard concrete masonry block and cast-in-place (CIP) concrete basement foundation wall systems were the norm for single-family, low-rise housing. [continue reading]

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Saving Energy with Reflective Roofs

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November 01, 1998

In 11 Florida homes with roofs coated with a white material during midsummer, average air conditioning energy use decreased by 8 kWh/day, or 19%. [continue reading]

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Window Rating Lessons from Around the Globe

Author: Peter Lyons
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September 01, 1998

Twenty years ago, ratings for residential windows were not an issue-single-pane, clear glass was the norm, and double glazing was clearly better. [continue reading]

Recycling Your Air Conditioner

Anne Staley

Recycling Your Air Conditioner

In today’s technology-fueled world, innovations are being made at a rapid rate that help simplify human life. The ...

Unlocking the Power of Grey Water

Rob Nicely

Unlocking the Power of Grey Water

Along with this blog, Carmel Building & Design is introducing the first in a series of videos that ...

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