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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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]

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Software: The Key to Effective Ratings

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September 01, 1998

The success of window ratings programs, from the United Kingdom to Korea, depends on consistent, accurate, and inexpensive software. [continue reading]

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Loud Planes Put Insulators to Work

Author: Zolton Cohen
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July 01, 1998

As part of a $25 million per year federally and locally funded program, approximately 9,000 homes in the immediate area of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport, are being fitted with soundproofing measures. [continue reading]

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PV Roof Tiles Heat Up in New York

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July 01, 1998

The first residential grid-tied photovoltaic (PV) system in New York State has been installed on Long Island. [continue reading]

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Insulation Systems: Same Tightness

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July 01, 1998

The National Association of Home Builders Research Center recently compared various wall insulation products, and found that with good air sealing, different insulation systems do not necessarily change a home's airtightness. [continue reading]

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 ...

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Carl Taylor

How Does Geothermal Cooling Work?

Although the concept of geothermal energy is one that's been around since Ancient Romans were snap-whipping their buddies with towels ...

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