The Future of Building Performance and the HVAC Industry

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The Future of Building Performance and the HVAC Industry

The building performance and HVAC industries are destined to interact in the marketplace, since they both work for and with millions of American homeowners and businesses. The two industries share important common ground in that ...

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What Were They Thinking?

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January 27, 2008

When my family stayed in a condo in Tahoe over the summer, I was checking out the closets and found this. I called the rental agency and they sent out their handyman, who manhandled the ... [continue reading]

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Greening Residential Maintenance

Author: Jim LaRue
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November 05, 2007

This is the final installment of my series on green residential building. In this column, I want to emphasize the importance of residential behavior on green buildings. There are a number of actions and behaviors ... [continue reading]

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Greening Water Usage

Author: Jim LaRue
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September 04, 2007

Some pundits have suggested that the next international conflicts will not be over oil, but over water. Not long ago, an uproar was stirred in our area in the upper Midwest when it was discovered ... [continue reading]

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How Do I?

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September 04, 2007

Q.After reading the article about your home (“Design, Construction, and Performance in Ohio,” Jan/Feb ’07, p. 36), I have some questions. (After all, imitation is the highest form of praise!) [continue reading]

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Greening Interior Surfaces

Author: Jim LaRue
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July 01, 2007

When we home energy folks decided to identify “building performance” as a description for our work, little did we know what a Pandora’s box we opened. This identification now requires us ... [continue reading]

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Why Leave a Gap in Crawlspace Insulation?

Author: Cyrus Dastur
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July 01, 2007

I read your article “Closed Crawlspaces Do Double Duty,” from the 2005 Special Issue (p. 32), with great interest.  The crawlspace in our new home is built over a 4-inch cement floor over plastic ... [continue reading]

 How to Reduce Household Waste and Help the Environment

Erich Lawson

How to Reduce Household Waste and Help the Environment

There is a lot of debate going on about climate change and global warming. The naysayers claim it is a ...

Encouraging Homeowners to Invest in Impact-Rated Windows

Jason Fowler

Encouraging Homeowners to Invest in Impact-Rated Windows

If you work with homeowners who live somewhere inland, one of their top considerations when choosing new windows for their ...

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