The Search for Thermal Comfort

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The Search for Thermal Comfort

In the beginning there was woman and man, naked; I assume. The body’s core temperature is stable at about 98 °F. In an outdoor environment with a temperature between 65 to 102 °F, a ...

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Crawlspace Conundrum

Author: Brad Turk
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May 01, 2005

        Q. I have a problem with the crawlspace in my home. When the air conditioning is running, I can smell the crawlspace. Is there a good way to keep ... [continue reading]

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Use Foil in Walls?

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March 01, 2005

Q. I’m desperate for some balanced information. I’m putting new cement-based clapboard siding on my house on top of a plywood shell. The siding contractor said that he typically wraps the ... [continue reading]

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Thinking Ahead to a Humid Summer

Author: John Proctor
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March 01, 2005

Q. I recently read that a variable speed, two stage air conditioner can maintain 50% relative humidity (RH) even when the latent load is 60% of the total load.Would this really work?      &... [continue reading]

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Toxic Mold

Author: Iain Walker
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January 01, 2005

                      Q.We just moved into a brand-new house in April, and paid more than twice what we paid ... [continue reading]

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The Latest on Steel Stud Walls

Author: Jan Kosny
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September 01, 2004

      Q.We are interested in building our own home in Northern California, just east of Sacramento. It is our understanding that steelframed homes are considered more energy efficient than wood-framed homes.... [continue reading]

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Tankless Water Heaters

Author: Ed Wyatt
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May 01, 2002

    Q:    It seems like I waste a lot of water while waiting for the hot water to get to my faucet. I have heard that tankless water heaters can ... [continue reading]

New Consortium for Energy Efficiency Report  High Stakes for Energy Efficiency

Joe Cullen, Director of Policy and State Outreach

New Consortium for Energy Efficiency Report High Stakes for Energy Efficiency

Given the critical role that state and local energy policy and regulations play in the development of energy efficiency marketplaces, ...

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Benito Steen's video, "Building with Mud: A Continuum" Looks Good Enough To Eat

There are lots of videos about Natural Building. Sublime dialogue-free ones with just music; a favorite of mine shows step-by-step ...

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