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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Multifamily Blower Door Testing

Author: Steve Mann
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July 01, 2014

With the recent increase in multifamily housing construction, combined with some builders’ desire to seek green certifications, establishing a user-friendly blower door test protocol that achieves repeatable results would allow multifamily buildings to achieve ... [continue reading]

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DOE's Home Case Study - It's All in the (Envelope) Details

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June 30, 2014

“It can’t be done.” Those words were enough to motivate building science educator and consultant Tom Fullam of Vassalboro, Maine, to build his first high-performance house. The home achieved a HERS ... [continue reading]

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Electronic Tape Measures

Author: Paul Raymer
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February 28, 2014

I visited several big-box stores and my local hardware store to collect information for this article on electronic tape measures. The dust on top of some of the packages was pretty thick, and there was ... [continue reading]

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Where Were You 30 Years Ago?

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January 07, 2014

I am writing this from Phnom Penh, where I am planning a regional meeting called Energy Wise: Opportunities for Energy Efficiency Services in Cambodia and Indochina. The meeting will bring together CEOs and business leaders ... [continue reading]

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What's New with Manometers?

Author: Paul Raymer
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December 30, 2013

Imagine leaving your manometer in the basement while you are doing a combustion appliance zone (CAZ) test and then walking around the house, turning on fans, adjusting doors, energizing the air handler, all while you ... [continue reading]

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DOE's Challenge Home

Author: Steve Mann
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December 29, 2013

Although our federal government is notorious for bad decision making (or no decision making), sometimes it does good work. One example is Energy Star. Energy Star, a federal certification program with many facets, is one ... [continue reading]

Redefining Home Performance in the 21stCentury

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Redefining Home Performance in the 21stCentury

Today, the Home Performance Coalition (HPC) calls on policymakers, industry leaders, energy program managers and contractors to redefine home energy ...

Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for Mainstream Markets

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Zero-Energy Homes Are Ready for Mainstream Markets

Zero-energy (ZE) homes—efficient homes that produce or procure as much renewable energy as they consume over the course ...

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