The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

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The Unexpected Energy Benefits of Mechanically Vented Crawl Spaces

The debate on how best to treat crawl spaces has gone on for decades, and the building codes regulating crawl space design have constantly evolved. For a long time the entrenched thinking was to rely ...

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When Retrofitting A/C, Do the Ducts Too?

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October 31, 2014

Three contractors weigh in on the often complicated decision homeowners have to make when repairing, reconfiguring, or replacing their ducts. [continue reading]

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Retrospective - Black Stains in Houses: Soot, Dust, or Ghosts

Author: Frank Vigil
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May 01, 2014

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Effective Strategies for Dealing with Ducts in Unconditioned Spaces

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May 01, 2014

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The Formaldehyde Threat

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March 01, 2014

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Variable Capacity Versus Fixed Capacity

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Hands-On Teaching with Tiny Houses in Austin

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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 ...

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Carl Taylor

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